Defending national champ Mater Dei ranked No. 1 in Preseason 100

Bruce Rollinson’s Mater Dei Monarchs are No. 1 in the High School Football America Preseason 100 thanks to lots of returning talent, some big time transfers and one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The HSFA 100 is based on our proprietary algorithm.

The Monarchs, who won our “mythical” national championship last season after capturing the team’s first-ever state title, will play four teams that are in our Preseason 100 — No. 4 St. John Bosco (California), No. 5 IMG Academy (Florida), No. 10 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) and No. 42 Orange Lutheran (California). Bosco and OLu are members of the always tough Trinity League, which Mater Dei has won two years running.

Mater Dei is one of ten teams from California in our preseason rankings. Texas leads the way with fourteen teams in the Preseason 100, followed by Florida with twelve. California is third behind the Lone Star and Sunshine states.

Below is the entire Top 100:

High School Football America Preseason 100

Rank, Team, State 2017 Record 2017 Top 100 
#1 Mater Dei (California) (15-0) 1
#2 Allen (Texas) (16-0) 2
#3 Grayson (Georgia) (10-2) 75
#4 St. John Bosco (California) (11-3) 13
#5 IMG Academy (Florida) (8-0) 3
#6 Hoover (Alabama) (11-3) 43
#7 Good Counsel (Maryland) (8-3) 96
#8 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) (10-2) 12
#9 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) (10-2) 16
#10 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) (13-2) 9
#11 Pickerington Central (Ohio) (14-1) 27
#12 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) (13-1) 19
#13 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) (8-3) 29
#14 Miami Central (Florida) (9-3) 30
#15 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) (13-0) 8
#16 Lake Travis (Texas) (13-3) 15
#17 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) (11-3) 35
#18 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) (8-3) 41
#19 Warren Central (Indiana) (7-4) NR
#20 Owasso (Oklahoma) (12-1) 25
#21 Katy (Texas) (12-1) 38
#22 Chandler (Arizona) (13-2) 21
#23 Trinity (Kentucky) (15-0) 4
#24 Folsom (California) (16-0) 47
#25 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) (13-1) 18
#26 De La Salle (California) (11-2) 14
#27 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) (14-1) 45
#28 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) (11-1) NR
#29 Mission Viejo (California) (12-1) 37
#30 North Shore (Houston, TX) (9-4) NR
#31 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) (12-0) 11
#32 Saguaro (Arizona) (12-2) 68
#33 St. Edward (Ohio) (10-2) 60
#34 Euless Trinity (Texas) (11-3) 55
#35 South Pointe (South Carolina) (15-0) 5
#36 Mentor (Ohio) (13-2) 44
#37 Colquitt County (Georgia) (10-4) 63
#38 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) (10-2) 72
#39 Central (Phenix City, AL) (11-1) 69
#40 Corona Centennial (California) (10-2) 33
#41 Aledo (Texas) (15-1) 80
#42 Orange Lutheran (California) (6-6) NR
#43 Westlake (Austin, TX) (14-1) 52
#44 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) (14-1) 90
#45 Liberty (Nevada) (11-2) 68
#46 Union (Oklahoma) (12-1) 36
#47 University Lab (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) (14-0) NR
#48 Imhotep Charter (Pennsylvania) (13-2) NR
#49 Bingham (Utah) (13-1) 28
#50 Rome (Georgia) (15-0) 78
#51 East (Utah) (10-3) 58
#52 Armwood (Florida) (14-1) 26
#53 DeMatha (Maryland) (6-5) NR
#54 Thompson (Alabama) (12-1) 64
#55 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) (13-0) 6
#56 Oakland (Tennessee) (13-1) 80
#57 Marietta (Georgia) (8-5) NR
#58 Buford (Georgia) (10-2) 99
#59 Judson (Texas) (10-2) 84
#60 John Curtis (Louisiana) (11-2) 77
#61 North Gwinnett (Georgia) (14-1) 47
#62 Phillips Academy (Illinois) (14-0) 70
#63 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida) (11-2) 62
#64 Cass Tech (Michigan) (11-3) NR
#65 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) (14-0) 50
#66 Archer (Georgia) (12-1) 74
#67 St. Xavier (Ohio) (11-2) 59
#68 Duncanville (Texas) (11-1) 56
#69 Center Grove (Indiana) (6-6) NR
#70 Venice (Florida) (14-1) 17
#71 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) (14-0) 22
#72 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) (9-3) 32
#73 Saint Louis (Hawaii) (10-0) 61
#74 Chaminade (California) (9-2) NR
#75 St. Ignatius (Ohio) (11-2) 57
#76 Narbonne (California) (12-3) 54
#77 Southlake Carroll (Texas) (10-4) NR
#78 Maryville (Tennessee) (14-1) NR
#79 Evangel Christian (Louisiana) (8-2) NR
 #80 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) (14-0) 53
#81 Colerain (Ohio)) (11-3) NR
#82 Wekiva (Florida) (12-2) NR
#83 Elder (Ohio) (6-4) NR
#84 Plant (Florida) (12-2) 87
#85 McEachern (Georgia) (10-4) NR
#86 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) (11-3) 76
#87 Loyola Academy (Illinois) (13-2) NR
#88 Deerfield Beach (Florida) (8-3) NR
#89 Harding University HS (North Carolina) (14-1) NR
#90 Cy-Fair (Texas) (15-0) 48
#91 West Point (Mississippi) (15-0) 39
#92 Byrnes (South Carolina) (7-4) NR
#93 Westfied (Virginia) (15-0) NR
#94 Pittsburg (California) (9-3) NR
#95 Klein Collins (Texas) (11-1) 86
#96 Blessed Trinity (Georgia) (13-2) 92
#97 Permian (Texas) (9-2) NR
#98 Edna Karr (Louisiana) (14-1) 97
#99 Northwestern (Miami, Florida) (12-3) 24
#100 Midway (Texas) (15-1) 82

Related: On the Bubble – Preseason No. 101 through No. 125

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