3. St. Thomas Aquinas
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
18-19 Record: 13-2
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: St. Thomas Aquinas was ranked No. 7 last year before falling in the state championship game. Adding quarterback transfer Brady Dean to the 15 returning three-star or better players gives the Raiders a chance to get back and potentially win.
However, offensive line coach Torrian Wilson and head coach Roger Harriott were reprimanded and fined for committing recruiting violations, according to the Sun Sentinel, which means they could be under heavy scrutiny in offseason player movement. This is speculation, but it could be tougher for players to gain eligibility if there’s suspicion they moved to the school purely for football purposes.
But the team is so dominant historically – and currently – it shouldn’t be an issue. Top wide receiver Marcus Rosemy, who has offers from schools including Georgia and Ohio State, is one of four top-50 players in Florida at the school, and Aquinas has dominant offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil. The Raiders did lose wide receiver Xavier Restrepo to a transfer and need to figure out the running back room – maybe Jaedon Henry or Brian Brewton will step up? – but the next year should be another bright one for STA.