Location: Hyattsville, Md.
18-19 Record: 8-3
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: DeMatha might have lost head coach Elijah Brooks, who became running backs coach at Maryland, but the Stags won’t have to adjust much to a new coach’s system. Bill McGregor, who served as DeMatha head coach for three decades, returns to lead the program.
The Stags finished 8-3 but were one Hail Mary stop away from winning their fifth championship in six years. How the team reacts emotionally will be telling as to whether it can bounce back.
DeMatha has some key losses from the 2019 class, primarily on defense. Nick Cross and DeMarcco Hellams were top-10 safeties and will be difficult to replace. The team also graduated a pair of three-star cornerbacks and quarterback Eric Najarian.
But its 2020 class is incredibly strong. Headlined by five-star running back MarShawn Lloyd, the No. 6 running back in the country, the class also has a trio of three-stars on the offensive line. They’ll protect whoever the quarterback is; maybe transfer Malakai Anthony. Or maybe a 2021 player already on the roster, such as 6-foot-3 Trace Campbell or 6-foot-4 Jaden Bradley. The losses on defense will sting, but DeMatha has standouts such as 2020 four-star defensive tackle Coziah Izzard, four-star 2021 defensive end Colin Mobley and four-star 2021 linebacker Greg Penn III ready to step up.