National Championship Contenders: Top 5 National Spotlight

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

2016 Record: 15-0

Not many teams can lose a blue-chip quarterback and replace him with another; but Bishop Gorman isn’t your normal program. With Tate Martell graduated and heading to Ohio State, the next in line is Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA). Top ranked tight end Brevin Jordan (Miami) leads a talented group of receivers and 5-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote (USC) anchors the defense.

IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)

2016 Record: 11-0

Well-known for gathering top talent from all over the nation to start adapting to life after high school, it’s no secret the program has success. According to 247Sports, six of the top 20 prospects in the state of Florida play at IMG. Led by the number two prospect Xavier Thomas (Clemson), the Ascenders will strive for perfection against a schedule including three separate state champions.

American Heritage (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

2016 Record: 14-0

American Heritage is no stranger to playing top competition. They began their 2016 season with a victorious trip to Moultrie en route to an undefeated season. On paper, they have one of the top defenses in the country littered with talent. Leading the way are senior corners Pat Surtain Jr. (uncommitted) and Tyson Campbell (uncommitted) with Andrew Chatfield (Ohio St.) and Nesta Silvera (Miami) solidifying the defensive line.

Cartersville (Cartersville, GA)

2016 Record: 15-0

Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), consensus number one prospect for the class of 2018, is the reason Cartersville appear on this list. Not having lost a game since the state championship in 2014 to Buford, Lawrence has been the catalyst for their 30 straight wins and two straight titles. Looking to leave as one of the best high school quarterbacks in state history, Lawrence knows there is more to accomplish in his final year.

Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)

2016 Record: 7-4

Why is a team that finished 7-4 on this list? One reason, Matt Corral (uncommitted). The five-star signal caller transferred into the former big time program following an altercation at his previous school. Throwing to fellow 5-star receiver Jalen Hall (uncommitted) could provide for a special season for this West Coast team to return to national prominence.

National Championship Contenders: Top 5 National Spotlight

Aug/Sept 2017

Lambert Bales

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