18. Bishop Gorman
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
18-19 Record: 11-3
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Bishop Gorman won the championship last year, but after losing three of its first four games of the season – all to out-of-state competition – the team was never able to capture the season that has come to be expected of the Las Vegas powerhouse.
The Gaels will look to rectify that image 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 TFLs and 15 sacks), but guys like three-star LB 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 total, 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 breakout as sophomores? With all the talent at Bishop Gorman, it’s tough to envision another Super 25 without them.