Posted by Bryan Fischer
MaxPreps has released their preseason list of the Top 25 high school football teams in the country and it features some of the top programs from coast to coast. As with any team, their stregth relies on how deep the entire roster is but there's plenty of star power on each. Below is a list of the top 25 and the top recruit for each team.
Click here for a detailed breakdown of each team on MaxPreps.
1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) - Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Hamilton is an explosive prospect who lives in the backfield. He has what college coaches are looking for at the position and it's no surprise to see his offer list bascially be a who's-who of powerhouse programs.
2. Armwood (Sneffer, Fla.) - Running back Matt Jones (Committed to Florida)
Jones is a big back who runs with power but also displays the quickness to change directions quickly.
3. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) - Quarterback Bart Houston (Committed to Wisconsin)
Houston should fit the Badgers' system perfectly and he proved he was one of the top quarterbacks in the country at the recent Stanford Elite 11 competition.
4. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - Defensive end Jelani Hamilton
One of the top players in a talent-rich area of the country, Hamilton is an impact player with the size and speed you look for in a strongside end.
5. Allen (Allen, Texas) - Running back Jonathan Williams (Committed to Missouri)
It's never not a good year for runnning backs in the state of Texas and Williams is near the top this year. He puts up good numbers in the Eagles' spread and is a threat out of the backfield to catch the ball as well.
6. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) - Quarterback Justin Thomas (Committed to Alabama)
A multipurpose threat, Thomas can do it all with the ball in his hands. He's a very good quarterback and is able to keep the chains moving.
7. Trinity (Euless, Texas) - Linebacker Brian Nance
Nance holds offers from schools across the country and it's easy to see why when the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker is running all over the field making tackles.
8. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) - Athlete Arik Armstead (Committed to USC)
Armstead is a big body at defensive tackle - which he says he'll play in college - but he has the prototype size and skills to be an elite offensive tackle, a position he dominates at in high school.
9. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) - Offesnive lineman Kyle Kalis (Committed to Ohio State)
Kalis reaffirmed his commitment to the Buckeyes but they'll know plenty of programs will continue to recruit one of the Midwest's top players.
10. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley
It's a very good year for offensive linemen and Stanley is in the upper echelon with his size (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) and can handle any move defensive ends throw at him.
11. Katy (Katy, Texas) - Quarterback Brooks Haack
Haack is the triggerman for an offense that is normally very balanced but he could take advantage of defenses gearing up to stop the run by showing off his arm this season.
12. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) - Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Committed to Ole Miss)
Gross mans the middle for the South Panola defense and is a quick tackle who has the size plenty of BCS programs were salivating over before he committed to the Rebels.
13. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) - Running back Romello Goodwin
Despite being the backup, Goodwin still turned in a very good season last year and figures to be rushing behind a very good offensive line.
14. Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) - Linebacker Dominique Gibson
A rangy, athletic linebacker, Gibson should continue to make plays and rack up tackles despite a thin defenisve line infront of him.
15. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) - Athlete Stefon Diggs
One of the most explosive athletes in the class of 2012, Diggs changes direction on a dime and can blow by defenisve backs as easily as he can shutdown wide receivers.
16. Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.) - Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Committed to Michigan)
A storied high school program, Ojemudia is one of the best defenders to come through on the defensive line and is a terror for opposing offensive linemen to block.
17. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) - Offensive tackle Patrick Miller
Dwyer will be searching for a new quarterback this season but luckliy for whoever starts at the position they won't have to worry about defenders coming from Miller's side as he has the frame and the movement you look for in a tackle.
18. Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) - Defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson
One of the top players in the region, the transfer from the Louisville area will be part of one of the top defensive lines in the country.
19. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Linebacker Nate Gerbus
The biggest question mark for the team is at the linebacker spot but Gerbus should easily be able to hold down the fort.
20. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) - Quarterback Travis Wright
Wright led an explosive offense a year ago and will place high expectations on his shoulders as he looks to prove he's one of the top quarterbacks in the state.
21. Aledo (Aledo, Texas) - Running back Johnathan Gray (Committed to Texas)
One of the top running backs in state history already, Gray figures to put up eye-popping numbers once again. A great blend of speed and power, he's the top running back in the country for the class of 2012.
22. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) - Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Committed to USC)
A known commodity since he burst onto the scene as a freshman, Payton has a good set of hands and runs very precise routes.
23. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) - Running back Latrell Dukes
Dukes was the team's leading rusher a year ago and figures to put up even better numbers in the Wing-T offense the school runs.
24. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Quarterback Connor Brewer (Committed to Texas)
Brewer does not have the strongest arm but he is among the most accurate quarterbacks in the country and has plenty of weapons around him to get the ball to.
25. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) - Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Class of 2013)
Nkemdiche is one of the top - if not the top - players in the next recruiting class. He's explosive, physically looks the part and already has the pass rush moves of someone much older.