Two Georgia teams are ranked in the top five of the first national high school football poll for 2013.
Norcross, the defending Class AAAAAA champion, is No. 3 in the preseason top 25 of MaxPreps, an online site that covers high school sports.
Sandy Creek, the 2012 champ in AAAA, is No. 5.
Both teams return several major FBS (formerly called Division I-A) prospects from teams that finished 15-0 last season.
Norcross’ bid for a national title gets a sharp test at home on Aug. 24, when the Blue Devils face Booker T. Washington of Miami, which MaxPreps ranks No. 9 nationally. Three Norcross players (WR Myles Autry, DE Lorenzo Carter, LB Kevin Mouhon) are rated four-star prospects or better by Rivals.
Sandy Creek returns two 1,000-yard rushers (Eric Swinney, Delvin Weems), a 2,000-yard passer (Cole Garvin) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Demarre Kitt), all of whom are FBS prospects. It is unusual for Georgia teams outside the highest two classifications to make top-25 national polls.
”Norcross was legitimately in the discussion for preseason No. 1,” said MaxPreps’ rankings compiler Stephen Spiewak. “Ultimately, we felt there was a little too much uncertainty offensively, replacing a quarterback and with Autry coming back from an injury. Sandy Creek could prove to be even better. There were several other Georgia teams that just missed the cut. Georgia produces many of the nation’s top recruits, but it is also home to some of the country’s top high school teams.”
De La Salle of Concord, Calif., is ranked No. 1.