More preseason national accolades came out this week for some of Florida’s top programs, as High School Football America released its Preseason National Top 25 rankings.
The poll which use a proprietary algorithm that is used to rank teams nationally, regionally and locally. The computer does all the work with no opinion involved.
Coming in at No. 2 on the rankings is IMG Academy, which has loaded up a top-tier schedule once again and will only play four home games this season in Bradenton. The Ascenders feature over a dozen athletes that either have committed to or holding offers to a Division I program. They will get tested by the No. 7 team in the poll, Grayson out of Georgia to open Week 1.
Sitting at No. 7 is the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders which looks to go for a third straight state championship this season, the second in a row under head coach Roger Harriott. The Raiders which have their fair haul of transfers this offseason will open up the season with Booker T. Washington, the defending Class 4A state champion on Friday, August 26. The Tornadoes are ranked No. 37 in The Other 25 rankings for High School Football America.
Other Florida teams checking into the Top 25 include Miami Central at No. 12 and Jacksonville Trinity Christian at No. 25.
Miami Central opens the season at Clermont East Ridge Week 1 and shouldn’t be hard pressed to get a win out of that game, but Trinity Christian will open with a nationally televised game at Cocoa High School on Sunday, August 26.
Teams included on The Other 25 include Plantation American Heritage at No. 32, previously mentioned Booker T. Washington at No. 37 and Seffner Armwood at No. 47.