12. Miami Central
Location: Miami, Fla.
18-19 Record: 11-3
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Miami Central could have a tough go trying to replace many of its statistical leaders, including three-star quarterback Maurice Underwood, running back Lexington Joseph, its three leading receivers and two defensive linemen in Tatum Bethune and Andre Auguste, who combined for 125 tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 18 sacks.
But the pieces to succeed are still there. Linebacker Jesus Machado had nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 50 tackles. Four-star cornerbacks Henry Gray and Jalen Harrell form a strong tandem who limit opposing quarterbacks’ options. Laurence Seymore is a four-star offensive guard already committed to Miami entering his junior year.
The offense could be lacking if leaders don’t step up, but the defense looks strong enough to keep them in games. If the Rockets can find a couple standouts on the offensive side to carry the load, they could be dangerous.