Grayson and Newnan made big splashes Tuesday in the national rankings.
Grayson, Georgia’s No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAA, is positioned for a possible national championship as it made an unexpected jump to No. 2 from No. 6 in the RivalsHigh 100, compiled by Dallas Jackson.
Grayson leaped four teams that won last week – Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, N.J.; Byrnes of Duncan, S.C.; Skyline of Dallas; and DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md. The No. 1 team is St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“The thought was that New Jersey is very down this season, and so Don Bosco – despite the wins over Prattville and DLS – should not be the No. 2 team,” Jackson said. “Byrnes has two ‘test games’ on their schedule. One they lost to Aquinas; the other against Dorman was an unimpressive win. Texas’ best team will probably end the season above whomever wins Georgia unless they do it impressively, and right now there isn’t a clear No. 1 in Texas so I can’t justify a No. 2 team [Skyline of Dallas] from a situation I don’t feel good about. DeMatha [of Maryland] could take that No. 2 spot eventually, but when we saw them against good counsel, they looked good but not great.”
RivalsHigh has seven Georgia teams ranked.
“There are just so many good teams in [Georgia] at the top level, and the depth is there,” Jackson said. “It is pretty easy to see a handful of good teams from the highest level, but when the state has true depth you can find elite teams in the lower classes, and Georgia has both.”
Newnan, previously unranked, landed at No. 67 after posting its fifth shutout of the season in a 26-0 victory over Pebblebrook. It was Newnan’s 13th shutout in two seasons.
Here is a look at Georgia teams in the various national rankings:
ESPN Fab 50
14. Grayson; 35. Northside (+1); 44. Lowndes
16. Lowndes (-4)
*MaxPreps Freeman Rankings
MaxPreps Xcellent 25
11. Grayson (+3); 24. Northside
National Prep Poll
9. Grayson; 14. Northside
2. Grayson (+4); 16. Northside (+3); 25. Lowndes (+3); 45. North Gwinnett (+2); 67. Newnan (un); 69. Gainesville; 79. Stephenson (+2)
14. Grayson (+1); 22. Lowndes (+2)