The debate has already begun as to who the best high school football teams in South Florida will be in 2013.
The Miami Herald has begun unveiling its first official South Florida Top 20 poll of the season.
We continue the top 5 countdown with a team that won its first state championship last season.
4. University School (12-0)
Outlook: The Suns have been getting better every season since the program’s inception in 2006 leading up to last year’s first state championship.
Entering its eighth season, University School hopes to make an impact on a national scale.
The Suns will debut this season ranked nationally as high as No. 19 by PrepNation.com, and face a tough schedule that includes nationally-ranked Miami Central, Cypress Bay, Belle Glade Glades Central and a road test at Bradenton Manatee to name a few.
The biggest potential obstacle many expect will come in the playoffs where University School could run into Miami Booker T. Washington – defending Class 4A champ and ranked No. 1 by USA Today.
To overcome such a foe, University School will need loads of talent.
Luckily for the Suns, they are not in short supply.
University has at least 15 FBS-level players and is loaded in every phase of the game.
On offense, starting quarterback Sean White transferred over from Chaminade-Madonna and won the prestigious Elite 11 national quarterback competition over the summer. He joins an offense that includes junior Jordan Scarlett and senior Lajuan Hunt – two of the best running backs in the state as well as receivers Sam Bruce, a sophomore, Emmanuel Soto, Jairus Brown and Chris Taylor – all seniors.
The offensive line of Ephraim Levy, Michael Irizarry, Brett Kahn, Michael Gonzalez and Zain Ali is solid.
On defense, Brandon Boyce and Richard Yeargin III book end a tough line along with Kaylan Striggles. They’re backed up by strong linebackers Andrew Korakakos, Brandon Russell, Bradley Clement and Hunter Schechtman.
The secondary is one of the nation’s best led by University of Florida commit Quincy Wilson, Rashard Causey and Christian Irving.
If that’s not enough kicker/punter Andrew DiRocco is one of the nation’s best and already committed to Tulane.
Barring unforeseen setbacks, the potential playoff Game of the Year in South Florida between University and Booker T. would be on Nov. 22 in the Region 4-4A final.
Key games: Sept. 7, Miami Norland; Sept. 12, Cypress Bay; Sept. 27, Boyd Anderson; Oct. 18, at Glades Central; Oct. 25, at Bradenton Manatee; Nov. 9, Miami Central.