High School football’s 2015 pre-season rankings

The following high school football pre-season rankings are based on “Early Contenders” by Max Preps.

10. Allen (TX)
Head coach: Tom Westerberg
Last season: 16-0, 2014 UIL 6A D-I champions (W 47-16 vs Cypress Ranch)
Who to watch for in 2015: Mitchell Jonke (QB), Seth Green (QB), David Feliciano (RB), Jaylon Jones (DB)

9. Flanagan (FL)
Head coach: Devin Bush, Sr.
Last season: 12-1, suffered a loss in Florida’s 8A class (L 16-12 vs Columbus)
Who to watch for in 2015: Devin Bush, Jr. (LB), Drederick Snelson (WR), Stanford Samuels III (CB), Clevan Thomas (WR), Kato Nelson (QB)

8. Mallard Creek (NC)
Head coach: Mike Palmieri
Last season: 15-1, 2014 4AA champion (W 25-14 vs Wake Forest)
Who to watch for in 2015: James Smith (QB), Chancery Bowman (RB), Javon Harbison (WR), Thad Moss (TE), Josh Brown (LB)

7. IMG Academy (FL)
Head coach: Chris Weinke
Last season: 10-1
Who to watch for in 2015: Saivion Smith (DB), Shavar Manuel (DE), Tony Jones (RB), Tavares Chase (WR)

6. Centennial (CA)
Head coach: Kevin Sneed
Last season: 6-6, 2014 CIF D-I (L 0-42 vs Edison)
Who to watch for in 2015: J.J. Taylor (RB), Anthony Catalano (QB), Sammonte Bonner (RB), Javon McKinley (WR), Chacho Ulloa (S), Zach Brumbraugh (LB)

5. DeSoto (TX)
Head coach: Claude Mathis
Last season: 10-2, 2014 6A D-I (L 22-25 vs Allen)
Who to watch for in 2015: Kadarrian Nixon (WR), LaDarren Brown (WR), Tristen Wallace (QB), Brendon Rushing (TE), A.J. Green (CB), Neiman Armstrong (CB)

4. Archer (GA)
Head coach: Andy Dyer
Last season: 11-4, 2014 GHSA 6A (L 24-28 vs Colquitt County)
Who to watch for in 2015: Kyle Davis (WR), Dylan Singleton (RB), Will Bearden (QB), Isaiah Pryor (S), Jamyest Williams (CB)

3. Bishop Gorman (NV)
Head coach: Tony Sanchez
Last season: 15-0, 2014 NIAA D-I champion (W 70-28 vs Reed)
Who to watch for in 2015: Tate Martell (QB), Tyjon Lindsey (WR), Biaggio Walsh (RB), Jonathan Schumaker (RB), Ikem Okeke (LB)

2. Central (FL)
Head coach: Roland Smith
Lost season: 14-1, 2014 FHSAA 6A champion (W 24-10 vs Armwood)
Who to watch for in 2015: Donovan Thompson (LB), Darnell Salomon (WR), Kenio Mike (RB), Anthony Hasan (QB)

1. De La Salle (CA)
Head coach: Justin Alumbaugh
Lost season: 14-0, 2014 CIF States champion (W 63-42 vs Centennial)
Who to watch for in 2015: Devin Asiasi (DE), Anthony Sweeney (QB), Chris Vanderklugt (QB), Antoine Custer (RB), Andrew Hernandez (RB)

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