18. Bishop Gorman
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
18-19 Record: 11-3
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Bishop Gorman rebounded to win the 4A state championship last year, but three early losses against out-of-state competition kept the Gaels from enjoying the kind of season that has come to be expected of the Las Vegas powerhouse.
The Gaels will look to rectify that in 2019 as they return starting quarterback Micah Bowens, thee-star running back Ikaika Ragsdale and its top two receivers, who combined for 75% of all receiving yards. The defense will have to find ways to get pressure in the backfield after losing Treven Ma’ae and Falcon Kaumatule (combined for 27.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks), but players such as three-star linebacker Bam Amina (73 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2.0 sacks) and Elijah Gilliam (59 tackles, 13 for loss, 5.0 sacks) can help. In all, Bishop Gorman has eight players rated three-star or better by 247Sports.
Additionally, the team has a couple intriguing players in the 2022 class. Safety Cyrus Moss already has an offer from Utah State and attention from BYU and a pair of Pac-12 schools, while Cam Barfield rushed for 226 yards on just 19 carries as a freshman. Can one of them break out as a sophomore? With all the talent at Bishop Gorman, it’s difficult to envision another Super 25 without the Gaels.