Location: Phenix City, Ala.
18-19 Record: 15-0
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: There could be major change coming to Central with the graduation of Peter Parrish, one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. If the next quarterback is someone already on the team, it would likely be a pro-style quarterback who has yet to prove he’s at the caliber of Parrish – maybe Tucker Melton, the No. 36 player in Alabama.
But the team has strengths outside the QB position. E.J. Williams is a top-20 receiver and rated the third-best player in the state. Javion Cohen has proven to be a capable offensive lineman, rated No. 21 in Alabama. Overall, the team has five players ranked in the top 40 of the Alabama high school 2020 class.
The Red Devils are 35-3 over the past three years under head coach Jamey DuBose, and they aren’t afraid to schedule tough opponents – according to Al.com, they will start the season against Hoover, one of the top teams in Alabama. That game should help determine whether Central is legit.