2019 Season Preview

If it’s August that means we’re on the precipice of the high school football season. The excitement fills the air and the scrimmages are cranking up as opening night is only days away.

And for the third year, the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, presented by Siena Heights University of Adrian, Michigan – which is Celebrating 100 Years in 2019 – and Global Football, are ready to be revealed.

This season we’ll drop the CAC Top 25 preseason rankings on August 14. For the most part that’s coincidences with the early starters across the nation. Over the course of the three weekends following the August 15-17 weekend all the states kick off their seasons. It’s a staggered process with schools in New York and New England states opening the latest among the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Although we won’t divulge the entire preseason CAC Top 25, we can hint that two southern California powerhouse programs will likely land at the top of the rankings.

In addition to our weekly features that includes Player and Coach of the Week and Games of the Week, today we reveal the Class of 2020 CAC Top 25 Preseason Player of Year Watch List, plus the CAC Titans or top-10 players from the Class of 2021. So far those rising juniors are top-heavy with blossoming quarterback prospects.

[Players are listed alphabetically by position along with their high school, city, state and the college they have given a verbal non-binding commitment.]

Quarterbacks
Michael Alaimo, St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J.; Purdue
Micah Bowens, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev.; Penn State
Sol-Jay Maiava, St. John’s College, Washington, D.C.; BYU
DJ Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif.; Clemson
Bryce Young, Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.; USC

Running Backs
Jalen Berger, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
Don Chaney, Jr., Belen Jesuit, Miami, Fla.; Miami
Marshawn Lloyd, DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md.; South Carolina
Bijan Robinson, Salpointe Catholic, Tucson, Ariz.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Rakim Jarrett, St. John’s College, Washington, D.C.; LSU
Jordan Johnson, De Smet Jesuit, St. Louis, Mo.; Notre Dame
Michael Mayer, Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky.; Notre Dame
Jalen McMillian, San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno, Md.; Washington
Marcus Rosemy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Georgia
Gee Scott, Jr., Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash.; Ohio State
EJ Smith, Jesuit, Dallas, Texas.

Linemen
Demon Clowney, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.; LSU
Marcus Dumervil, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Myles Murao, Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.; Washington
Tre Williams, St. John’s College, Washington, D.C.; Clemson
Luke Wypler, St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J.; Ohio State

Linebackers
Chris Braswell, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.; Alabama
Mekhail Sherman, St. John’s College, Washington, D.C.; Georgia
Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.; Ohio State
Kourt Williams, St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif.; Ohio State
Derek Wingo, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Florida

Defensive Backs
Luke Hill, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.; Oregon
Jordan Morant, Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J.; Michigan
Lathan Ramson, Salpointe Catholic, Tucson, Ariz.; Ohio State
Jordan Toles, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.; LSU

CAC Future Titans (2021)

Raesjon Davis, LB, Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.
Jaden Genova, LB, JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Marvin Harrison, Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sam Huard, QB, Kennedy Catholic, Burien, Wash.; Washington
JJ McCarthy, QB, Nazareth Academy, La Grange Park, Ill.; Michigan
Kyle McCord, QB, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ohio State
Landon Tengwall, OT, Good Counsel, Olney, Md.
JT Tuimolau, DL, Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash.
Aaron Willis, LB, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md.
Caleb Williams, QB, Gonzaga Washington, D.C.

The Preseason Player Watch List features student-athletes from several programs that will compose the CAC Top 25 preseason rankings.

Again, we encourage fans, players, parents and coaches to follow the CAC Top 25 through social media at www.Facebook.com/CACTop25 and on Twitter @CACTop25. If there is a team, coach or special player that we may have overlooked drop us a line with the information, accomplishments and statistics.

If you’re a Catholic high school coach, AD or administrator reading this preseason preview, have you considered taking your football team to Ireland next summer? The fourth Dublin High School Football Showcase will be played on Friday, August 28, 2020, as several schools from across the United States head over the Atlantic to open their season in the Emerald Isle.

CAC Top 25 partner Global Football organizes this spectacular event, which includes an opportunity for players, coaches and accompanying parents to explore Ireland on a series of educational tours before facing a fellow U.S. team in Dublin. The travelers also get to watch the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Navy and Notre Dame, which is played the day after the high school games. For more information and to sign up to head to Ireland, visit http://www.globalfootball.com/ireland-2020/event-details/ and contact Patrick Steenberge: 817-219-7274 / Patrick@GlobalFootball.com.

Check back on August 14 for the 2019 CAC Top 25 preseason rankings. Enjoy your summer. – Christopher Lawlor

About: Entering its third season in 2019, the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, are released on Wednesdays from September until the conclusion of the high school season in December. Criteria include the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. The rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, an award-winning writer, who is a voting committee member and advisor for several major national high school events. All Catholic high schools from the United States that feature only four-year players on 11-man teams are eligible for consideration. Catholic Athletes for Christ chapters and presenting sponsors provide input into the weekly rankings, including Global Football Founder & President Patrick Steenberge, who benefited from 16 years of Catholic education at University of Notre Dame, Erie Cathedral Prep and St. Luke’s School, Erie, Pa.