Mater Dei (California) No. 1 in 2021 Preseason High School Football America 100

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The Mater Dei Monarchs are in a very familiar spot to start the 2021 high school football season. The 2017 and 2018 High School Football America national champs are ranked No. 1 in the High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

Head coach Bruce Rollinson will challenge his program with one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Mater Dei, which plays in the uber-tough Trinity League, is scheduled to play eight teams ranked in the High School Football America 300.

Related: Mater Dei to travel to Texas for showdown with Duncanville

Once again this year, Rollinson is loaded with talent. Four of the top seven players in the California Class of 2022 Composite Rankings will don the red and white this year.

Cornerback Domani Jackson, who has already given his verbal to USC, is the top player in California. He’s ranked as the No. 4 overall college football recruit in the country.

Linebacker David Bailey is considered the No. 4 recruit in the state. He’s a 4-star recruit with 12 scholarships offers.

On offense, Mater Dei, or Quarterback High, will be led by sophomore QB Elijah Brown, who will try to fill the shoes of current Power-5 alums Bryce Young (Alabama) and JT Daniels (Georgia). During Mater Dei’s 5-0 spring season, Brown became only the fourth freshman to start for Rollinson. The other three are Daniels and future NFL quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Todd Marinovich.

In the abbreviated spring season, Brown completed 74 of 102 passes for 973 years with 15 touchdowns against only one interception. His quarterback rating was 133.3, according to his stats on MaxPreps.

Brown has plenty of weapons, starting with C.J. Williams, the No. 9 wide receiver prospect in the nation. Williams caught 15 passes in the spring with five touchdowns. He averaged 14.5 yards per catch.

Oklahoma-bound running back Raleek Brown will give the offense balance. The No. 2 prospect in California averaged 6.9 yards per carry in the spring. He found the end zone five times. He also caught five passes.

Mater Dei is one of five California teams in the High School Football America 100. Trinity League arch-rivals St. John Bosco and Servite are ranked No. 7 and No. 55 respectively in the Preseason Top 100.

Six-time California Open Division champ De La Salle starts the season at No. 29. Sierra Canyon sits at No. 60 in the HSFA 100.

In all, 40 California teams are ranked in our Top 300.

Below you can see our entire preseason rankings.

High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football

Rank/School/State2020 Record2020 Rank
No. 1 Mater Dei (California)(5-0)7
No. 2 Westlake (Austin, Texas)(14-0)3
No. 3 Thompson (Alabama)(14-0)2
No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)(8-1)9
No. 5 IMG Academy (Florida)(8-0)1
No. 6 Southlake Carroll (Texas) (12-2)13
No. 7 St. John Bosco (California)(5-1)30
No. 8 Gonzaga (Washington, DC)(5-0)35
No. 9 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)(6-0)6
No. 10 Katy (Texas)(14-1)12
No. 11 Center Grove (Indiana)(14-0)15
No. 12 St. Xavier (Ohio)(9-2)22
No. 13 Lowndes (Georgia)(11-1)51
No. 14 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)(5-1)34
No. 15 Trinity (Kentucky)(10-0)20
No. 16 Duncanville (Texas)(10-2)14
No. 17 Grayson (Georgia)(14-0)4
No. 18 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)(11-2)21
No. 19 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)(10-0)11
No. 20 North Shore (Texas)(14-1)8
No. 21 Chandler (Arizona)(11-0)17
No. 22 Miami Central (Florida)(8-1)27
No. 23 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)(11-0)5
No. 24 Denton Ryan (Texas)(15-0)10
No. 25 Oakland (Tennessee)(15-0)24
No. 26 Chambers (North Carolina)(10-1)29
No. 27 Corner Canyon (Utah)(13-0)16
No. 28 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida)(8-1)19
No. 29 De La Salle (California)(6-0)52
No. 30 DeMatha (Maryland)(2-1)53
No. 31 La Salle (Ohio)(8-3)58
No. 32 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)(3-2)50
No. 33 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)(0-1)NR
No. 34 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)(4-2)63
No. 35 Saguaro (Arizona)(5-2)84
No. 36 Hoover (Alabama)(11-2)45
No. 37 Cathedral (Indiana)(13-1)18
No. 38 Allen (Texas)(10-1)30
No. 39 Bryant (Arkansas)(13-0)25
No. 40 St. Thomas More (Louisiana)(11-0)32
No. 41 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama)(9-3)80
No. 42 Rockwall (Texas)(10-2)40
No. 43 Colquitt County (Georgia)(9-1)41
No. 44 Good Counsel (Maryland)(1-2)NR
No. 45 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida)(11-1)23
No. 46 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)(8-2)39
No. 47 John Curtis (Louisiana)(6-5)88
No. 48 Milton (Georgia)(10-1)87
No. 49 Buford (Georgia)(13-1)72
No. 50 Columbus (Miami, Florida)(7-0)101
No. 51 St. Edward (Ohio)(6-2)121
No. 52 Bixby (Oklahoma)(11-0)42
No. 53 DeSoto (Texas)(10-1)37
No. 54 Jenks (Oklahoma)(12-1)62
No. 55 Servite (California)(4-2)68
No. 56 Bridgeland (Texas)(12-1)81
No. 57 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)(6-2)67
No. 58 Aledo (Texas)(13-1)57
No. 59 Pickerington Central (Ohio)(11-1)55
No. 60 Sierra Canyon (California)(5-1)NR
No. 61 Brother Martin (Louisiana)(8-1)49
No. 62 Hamilton (Arizona)(8-2)46
No. 63 Acadiana (Louisiana)(11-1)26
No. 64 Euless Trinity (Texas)(10-2)75
No. 65 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)(9-2)28
No. 66 Collins Hill (Georgia)(12-3)116
No. 67 Manvel (Texas)(7-2)83
No. 68 Warner Robins (Georgia)(13-1)70
No. 69 Edna Karr (Louisiana)(10-2)47
No. 70 Lakota West (Ohio)(8-1) 85
No. 71 Seminole (Sanford, Florida)(12-0)65
No. 72 Maryville (Tennessee)(13-1)66
No. 73 Jones (Orlando, Florida)(9-1)71
No. 74 Oak Grove (Mississippi)(13-0)91
No. 75 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee)(11-1)79
No. 76 Denton Guyer (Texas)(11-3)56
No. 77 Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana)(6-2)64
No. 78 Arlington Martin (Texas)(10-2)106
No. 79 Male (Kentucky)(8-2)120
No. 80 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)(3-2)NR
No. 81 Lake Travis (Texas)(6-1)NR
No. 82 Belleville (Michigan)(10-1)111
No. 83 Lee County (Georgia)(13-1)73
No. 84 Madison-Ridgeland (Mississippi)(12-0)107
No. 85 Highland Park (Texas)(10-1)38
No. 86 Edgewater (Florida)(8-3)74
No. 87 Massillon Washington (Ohio)(10-2)48
No. 88 Charlotte Catholic (North Carolina)(9-1)89
No. 89 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)(2-0)NR
No. 90 Blessed Trinity (Georgia)(8-1)78
No. 91 Venice (Florida)(9-4)100
No. 92 Cocoa (Florida)(10-1)95
No. 93 Pearland Dawson (Texas)(10-1)77
No. 94 Hough (North Carolina)(8-1)104
No. 95 Oxford (Mississippi)(12-1)99
No. 96 Jesuit (Florida)(13-1)117
No. 97 Cherry Creek (Colorado)(8-0)98
No. 98 Oscar Smith (Virginia)(9-0)103
No. 99 Alcoa (Tennessee)(14-1)69
No. 100 Orem (Utah)(8-2)122

High School Football America Bubble – The Next 100

Rank/School/State2020 Record2020 Rank
No. 101 Elder (Ohio)(5-4)105
No. 102 Cedar Hill (Texas)(12-2)36
No. 103 San Clemente (California)(5-0)NR
No. 104 Lone Peak (Utah)(12-2)97
No. 105 Tompkins (Katy, Texas)(10-1)43
No. 106 Rockledge (Florida)(7-2)96
No. 107 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, California)(5-0)NR
No. 108 Pinson Valley (Alabama)(12-2)114
No. 109 Mission Viejo (California)(4-1)NR
No. 110 North Cobb (Georgia)(10-2)113
No. 111 Bartram Trail (Florida)(10-2)119
No. 112 Northwestern (South Carolina)(7-1)NR
No. 113 Loyola Academy (Illinois)(11-3)NR
No. 114 Buchanan (Clovis, California)(5-0)NR
No. 115 De Smet (Missouri)(6-1)NR
No. 116 North Little Rock (Arkansas)(11-2)124
No. 117 Christian Brothers College HS (Missouri)(4-2)NR
No. 118 T.L. Hanna (South Carolina) (9-1)124
No. 119 Owasso (Oklahoma)(10-1)92
No. 120 Niceville (Florida)(11-1)94
No. 121 Carencro (Louisiana)(12-1)44
No. 122 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)(13-0)93
No. 123 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey)(2-3)NR
No. 124 Rockwall-Heath (Texas)(2-0)NR
No. 125 Delbarton (New Jersey)(6-0)59
No. 126 St. Paul’s (Alabama)(15-0)90
No. 127 Shadow Creek (Texas)(6-4)82
No. 128 Ben Davis (Indiana)(7-6)NR
No. 129 Bloomingdale (Florida)(12-1)76
No. 130 Central (Fresno, California)(4-1)NR
No. 131 Mount Carmel (Chicago, Illinois)(4-1)NR
No. 132 Life Christian Academy (Virginia)(2-3)NR
No. 133 Cedar Park (Texas) (14-1)54
No. 134 Brookwood (Georgia)(8-3)NR
No. 135 Long Beach Poly (California)(4-0)NR
No. 136 East St. Louis (Illinois)(5-1)NR
No. 137 Grimsley (North Carolina)(10-0)102
No. 138 Highland Springs (Virginia)(9-1)NR
No. 139 St. Louis (Hawaii)Did Not PlayNR
No. 140 Westfield (Indiana)(12-2)NR
No. 141 Prosper (Texas)(8-4)125
No. 142 De La Salle (Louisiana)(10-1)112
No. 143 Auburn (Alabama)(11-2)108
No. 144 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois)(6-0)NR
No. 145 Serra (San Mateo, California)(5-0)NR
No. 146 Gaffney (South Carolina)(6-1)NR
No. 147 Carmel (Indiana)(9-3)NR
No. 148 Norcross (Georgia)(13-1)33
No. 149 Treasure Coast (Florida)(10-1)NR
No. 150 Carthage (Texas)(14-0)NR
No. 151 Palmetto (Miami, Florida)(5-2)NR
No. 152 McCallie (Tennessee)(10-3)NR
No. 153 Booker T. Washington (Miami, Florida)(3-3)NR
No. 154 Liberty Patriots (Nevada)Did Not PlayNR
No. 155 Fort Bend Marshall (Texas)(12-1)NR
No. 156 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)(4-1)NR
No. 157 Norco (California)(4-0)NR
No. 158 Medina (Ohio)(6-4)NR
No. 159 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania)(6-3)NR
No. 160 Iona Prep (New York)(5-0)NR
No. 161 Apopka (Florida)(8-4)NR
No. 162 Cass Tech (Michigan)(9-1)NR
No. 163 Valor Christian (Colorado)(7-1)NR
No. 164 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)(3-3)NR
No. 165 Spring (Texas)(9-1)NR
No. 166 Longview (Texas)(9-3)NR
No. 167 North Allegheny (Pennsylvania)(6-1)NR
No. 168 Winton Woods (Ohio)(9-1)NR
No. 169 Lake Minneola (Florida)(11-2)NR
No. 170 La Salle College HS (Pennsylvania)(5-1)NR
No. 171 Tomball Memorial (Texas)(11-1)NR
No. 172 Folsom (California)(6-0)NR
No. 173 Central York (Pennsylvania)(10-1)NR
No. 174 Martin Luther King (Detroit, Michigan)(6-4)NR
No. 175 Cardinal Gibbons (North Carolina)(9-1)NR
No. 176 Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)(6-3)NR
No. 177 Lone Star (Frisco, Texas)(7-4)NR
No. 178 Dorman (South Carolina)(4-2)NR
No. 179 Parkview (Georgia)(8-4)NR
No. 180 St. Augustine (Florida)(11-3)NR
No. 181 Veterans Memorial (Corpus Christi, Texas)(13-1)NR
No. 182 Cartersville (Georgia)(13-2)NR
No. 183 Palmetto (Florida)(9-4)NR
No. 184 Cibolo Steele (Texas)(8-5)NR
No. 185 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)(9-1)NR
No. 186 Lovejoy (Texas)(13-1)NR
No. 187 St. Ignatius (Ohio)(3-4)NR
No. 188 Vero Beach (Florida)(8-3)NR
No. 189 North Gwinnett (Georgia)(9-4)NR
No. 190 Lakeland (Florida)(6-4)NR
No. 191 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania)(11-0)61
No. 192 Serra (Gardena, California)(4-2)NR
No. 193 Deerfield Beach (Florida)(5-1)NR
No. 194 Edison (Miami, Florida)(4-2)NR
No. 195 Mentor (Ohio)(9-2)60
No. 196 Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)(11-2)NR
No. 197 Bolles School (Florida)(10-3)NR
No. 198 Manatee (Florida)(8-2)NR
No. 199 Mona Shores (Michigan)(12-0)86
No. 200 Atascocita (Texas)(7-2)118

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