The website High School Football America announced its Top 100 teams in their national preseason poll Sunday, and seven South Florida schools made the cut.
Miami Central, which went 9-3 last year before being knocked out in the Region 4-6A semifinal, checked in as the highest-rated local school at No. 14. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas was close behind at No. 17.
The other five were Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons at No. 38, Plantation American Heritage at No. 55, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna at No. 63, Deerfield Beach at No. 88 and Miami Northwestern at No. 99.
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And considering the sheer amount of talent in the South Florida football circles, it's no surprise to see this many
Based on the 247Sports recruiting rankings, 11 of the state's top 50 players in the 2019 recruiting cycle — and nine of the top 300 players nationally — play at one of these seven schools. They are:
▪ Cardinal Gibbons defensive end Khris Bogle (No. 12 in the state, No. 81 overall)
▪ Chaminade-Madonna wide receiver John Dunmore (No. 15 in the state, No. 107 overall)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas safety and Ohio State commit Jordan Battle (No. 24 in the state, No. 170 overall)
▪ Deerfield Beach linebacker Ge'mon Eaford (No. 26 in the state, No. 184 overall)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker and Miami Hurricanes commit Anthony Solomon (No. 28 in the state, No. 198 overall)
▪ Chaminade-Madonna athlete and Hurricanes commit Te'Cory Couch (No. 30 in the state, No. 203 overall)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Jaden Davis (No. 33 in the state, No. 213 overall)
▪ Chaminade-Madonna safety and Hurricanes commit Keontra Smith (No. 34 in the state, No. 223 overall)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker and Hurricanes commit Avery Huff (No. 40 in the state, No. 263 overall)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Braylen Ingraham (No. 46 in the state)
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas running back Daniel Carter (No. 49 in the state)
The state of Florida overall had 12 teams make the list, which was second only to Texas (14).