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January 9, 2014

Rankings: an early look at football for 2014/15

The 2013/14 football season is over and the 2014/15 season is 9 months away but we're ready to take a peek at what the first pre-season rankings will look like next season for Southern California.
Servite is the Californiapreps.com pick for the top team in our 2014 Super 7 rankings. These rankings are subject to adjustment, depending on transfers and roster changes, but here is our selections as of now.

Californiapreps.com 2014/15 Pre-season
Super 7 Rankings For Southern California
(Last season's record in parentheses):
  • 1. Servite (6-6)
    The Friars could have their best team since the 2009 team led by
    Cody Fajardo that won the Division 1 State Championship. Dynamic dual threat quarterback Travis Waller leads a team that is loaded with Division 1 type talent, especially at wide receiver with Tony Brown and Equanimeous St. Brown. Linebacker Jack Savage and cornerback Maurice Davison returns on defense for a team that will have a shot when they play at Concord De La Salle in the one of the premier non-conference games of 2014.

  • 2. St. John Bosco (16-0)
    Yes, the top team in California in 2013 will be very good in 2014. Five-star junior quarterback Josh Rosen, super sophomore running back Sean McGrew and 2-way threat D.J. Morgan return, along with a talented offensive line that will dominate and give a young defense time to mature.

  • 3. Westlake (8-3)
    The Warriors return 15 underclassmen starters (8 on offense and 7 defense) from a Marmonte League Champion team. Super sophomore Malik Henry leads a team that is poised for playoff stardom following a first round playoff exit this past season.

  • 4. St. Bonaventure (8-4)
    The Seraphs return arguably the top trio of offensive players in Southern California: Alabama quarterback commit Ricky Town, running back Marcus Chambers, and speedster Lavon Alston at wide receiver. This trio will put up points on offense for a team that will have to outscore teams.

  • 5. Long Beach Poly (11-2)
    The Jackrabbits return the running back duo of James Brooks and Jeremy Calhoun that will lead a tough Poly running game. They and the team will benefit from the return of Josh Love at quarterback. Plus junior cornerback Iman Marshall is arguably the top defensive player in California in the class of 2015 and sophomore Micah Croom will fall in with a long line of talented Poly DBs.

  • 6. Upland (9-4)
    The Highlanders return 16 of 22 starters, including Tyler Hilinski at quarterback. Fabulous freshman Nathan Tilford will benefit from a year of experience at running back and the successful adjustment to high school level play. He could be the best sophomore in Southern California next year.

  • 7. Hart (12-3)
    The Northern Division Champion Indians enter into the third and final year of the duo of quarterback Brady White to wide receiver Trent Irwin on the varsity level. The duo connected for 1,456 yards and 19 touchdowns. Look for Joey Bilbo to fill Connor Wingenroth's role at running back in a balanced offense.


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