High School Teams Loaded with Top 2015 College Football Recruits
The search for America's next college football stars takes place in every corner of the country. Coaching staffs throughout the Division I level travel to rural towns and expansive cities while pursuing prospects on the recruiting trail.
Some players provide rare excitement for their hometown, becoming the first local athlete to command attention from a cluster of college campuses for on-field accolades. Others are the latest standouts in a long line of talent to emerge at their high school, living up to legacies established long before they started receiving piles of mail from top-level teams.
Some public institutions perennially flourish in football-crazed communities, while many private schools circulate serious financial support for football to provide top-notch facilities and coaches in an effort to lure the region's most impressive players. This sustained success attracts collegiate attention on an annual basis.
There are several schools that currently feature multiple FBS-bound student-athletes in the 2015 class. We examine some of the programs primed to give opponents fits and attract a steady flow of scouts this fall.
Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.)
The Sin City powerhouse and five-time defending Nevada state champion is particularly potent in the passing game this year. The Gaels' aerial attack gets a serious infusion of talent with the arrival of a former Southern California star.
Wide receiver Cordell Broadus transferred from Diamond Bar High School (Los Angeles County) after his junior season. The 4-star prospect has plenty of eyes on him for reasons beyond the football field.
Broadus, rated No. 8 nationally among receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings, is the son of rap legend Snoop Dogg (ahem, Snoop Lion). He finished his 2013 campaign with 60 receptions for 685 yards and eight touchdowns.
Broadus holds offers from USC, Baylor, UCLA, Florida State and Notre Dame, among others. His presence at Bishop Gorman gives the Gaels two of America's top receiving weapons.
Jones committed to UCLA in November. He continues to attract attention, fielding February offers from Oklahoma and Auburn.
The Bishop Gorman defense also features notable college prospects.
Safety Nicco Fertitta is slightly undersized but should be considered one of the Southwest's top defensive backs. His offer list includes Arizona, Utah, Notre Dame and Boston College.
Defensive tackle Jackson Perry holds an offer from Nebraska.
St. Peter's Prep High School (Jersey City, N.J.)
The northern New Jersey program reached the state championship game last season and returns a ton of talent in 2014. Five-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is considered the state's top prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He is listed at No. 4 among players at the position and holds dozens of offers. Alabama, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State are just a few of the programs pursuing Fitzpatrick.
His talent has been helped by challenging practices, where he faces 4-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush. The 6'2", 205-pound prospect is still developing as a passer but shows off the abilities of a dangerous dual-threat playmaker.
Wimbush recently received offers from LSU, Michigan State and Tennessee. Those schools join an expansive list of options that already included Miami, Penn State, Ohio State and South Carolina.
The Marauders defense is fueled in the front seven by dynamic outside linebacker Jordan Fox. He holds offers from Virginia, Rutgers, Miami and Georgia, among others.
Defensive back Dwon Walker attended a February junior day at Boston College and has received interest from Connecticut, Iowa and Maryland.
American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.)
The roster at American Heritage is highlighted by 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson. The 6'4", 200-pound passer led his squad to a state title last season.
He threw for nearly 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns. Gibson gained another 1,000 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
His recruitment process remains open, with LSU, Florida, Ohio State and Miami among programs in the mix.
The Patriots also feature a defensive stalwart in fellow 5-star prospect Tavarus McFadden. The standout safety is rated No. 2 nationally among players at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings.
St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.)
The reigning state champions are led by 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen. The 6'4", 205-pound prospect is rated America's No. 1 passer in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He threw for 3,200 yards and 39 touchdowns last season. Rosen is expected to announce his commitment on March 20, with UCLA, Cal, Michigan and Stanford still in play.
Robertson, a mammoth 4-star recruit, is considering a long list of offers that includes Notre Dame, Washington, UCLA and Arkansas. Bruins head coach Jim Mora aims to reunite Robertson and Rosen in Pasadena next year.
Katnik, a 3-star guard prospect, has attracted attention from several Pac-12 programs. The 6'4", 290-pound road-grader will command offers with a strong start to his senior campaign.
Allen High School (Allen , Texas)
The Eagles have won two consecutive state championships with quarterback Kyler Murray leading the way. The 4-star prospect is the son of former Texas A&M star Kevin Murray and has never suffered a loss as a starter in his high school career.
He tallied nearly 5,000 total yards and 65 touchdowns last season. Murray is rated the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports' composite rankings.
His offer sheet continues to expand. The Aggies hope he follows in his father's footsteps, while Clemson, Ohio State, Florida and Oregon also aim to land Murray.
Jalen Guyton is one of his top targets in the passing game. The 6'0", 180-pound receiver eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark as a junior, catching 13 touchdowns along the way.
Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and TCU are among his featured offers.
The Sooners already landed a commitment from Allen offensive tackle Bobby Evans, who has been considered as a tight end prospect during points of his recruitment process. The 4-star talent pledged to Oklahoma last July.
Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.)
Coveted offensive lineman Richie Petitbon paves the way for a potent offensive attack that features several collegiate prospects. The 4-star guard recruit is the grandson of former Chicago Bears safety and Washington Redskins head coach Richie Petitbon.
He holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Penn State and Maryland, among others. Petitbon's father played football for the Terps.
His efforts create rushing room for 3-star running back Reggie Corbin, who recently attended junior days at Duke and Illinois. Quarterback Nick Johns is weighing options at Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State.
Johns routinely looks in the direction of Jabari Greenwood, a 6'4" receiver. The 3-star prospect spent time at Kentucky last month. He also holds offers from Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh.
The Gonzaga defense is led by Marcus Lewis, a 4-star cornerback who could find a home at receiver in college. He added offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Syracuse, Michigan, Tennessee and West Virginia in February.
Miami Central High School (Miami, Fla.)
The Rockets claimed a state title last fall with senior backfield mates Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby carrying the load. The running backs will be with Florida State and Miami next season, respectively, so a repeat bid must be fueled by the 2015 class.
Wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips caught 10 touchdowns last season after committing to Florida in July. The versatile recruit, rated fifth nationally among players at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings, backed off that pledge in December and attended a February junior day at Florida State.
Phillips' collegiate options also include Miami, Clemson, Tennessee and Alabama.
He battles fellow 4-star prospect Calvin Brewton on a regular basis in practice. The defensive back committed to Florida State in January, but he's since received offers from Georgia, Louisville and Notre Dame.
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)
It's all about defense for the Spartans, a team that features a trio of legitimate instant-impact college recruits. The secondary duo of Darius Slayton and Micah Abernathy makes life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
Slayton, an accomplished track star, is a 6'2", 182-pound defensive back. He recently visited Alabama and Auburn for junior days.
Florida, Georgia and Tennessee also highlight his offer sheet.
Abernathy, a 6'0", 175-pound cornerback, is also considering Alabama and Auburn. He added offers from Wisconsin and Penn State this week.
Both players are rated among the nation's top 40 cornerback prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Inside linebacker Tyler Cooksey is the son of a former Georgia Tech linebacker. He has the Yellow Jackets high in his list, while North Carolina, Boston College and UCF are also in the hunt.