2019 Way-Too-Early Preseason Super 25 Football Rankings

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2019 Way-Too-Early Preseason Super 25 Football Rankings

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2019 Way-Too-Early Preseason Super 25 Football Rankings

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King (Detroit, Mich.) wide receiver RaShawn Williams during the first half against River Rouge on Oct. 26, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press)

25. Martin Luther King
Location: Detroit, Mich.
18-19 Record: 12-2
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked

Why them: The Crusaders are 49-6 with three championships over the past four years. The problem that sometimes arises after a dominant four-year stretch: your stars graduate.

King’s 2019 class had five players ranked in the top 50 and seven in the top 100 of Michigan recruits, including quarterback Dequan Finn. Among other three-star Crusaders graduates were two receivers, a linebacker and a cornerback.

There appears to be a player to take the role of four-star 2019 safety Marvin Grant Jr. Jaylen Reed, a 2021 four-star safety, is already six feet tall and 190 pounds. The team also has Rashawn Williams, a four-star Indiana commit, four-star running back Peny Boone, and 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle Deondre Buford. All three are in the top 13 of the 2020 class.

With a strong core in place, if King can replace Finn adequately at quarterback, it has a strong chance to win yet another title.

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