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Norcross ranked No. 3 in nation

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross defensive coordinator Pat Standard gives the Blue Devils a pep talk in the weight room prior to the first round of Class AAAAAA high school football playoffs against Chattahoochee last year.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross defensive coordinator Pat Standard gives the Blue Devils a pep talk in the weight room prior to the first round of Class AAAAAA high school football playoffs against Chattahoochee last year.

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Will Norcross repeat as football state champions?

  • Yes 50%
  • No 50%

217 total votes.

MaxPreps Rankings

Complete 2013 preseason high school football national rankings by MaxPreps:

  1. Concord De La Salle (Calif.)

  2. Miami Central (Fla.)

  3. Norcross

  4. Allen (Texas)

  5. Sandy Creek

  6. Bellflower St. John Bosco (Calif.)

  7. New Orleans Karr (La.)

  8. River Ridge Curtis (La.)

  9. Miami Washington (Fla.)

  10. Corona Centennial (Calif.)

  11. Gardena Serra (Calif.)

  12. Katy (Texas)

  13. Coppell (Texas)

  14. Chandler Hamilton (Ariz.)

  15. DeSoto (Texas)

  16. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)

  17. Apopka (Fla.)

  18. Bellevue (Wash.)

  19. Folsom (Calif.)

  20. Hyattsville DeMatha (Md.)

  21. Paramus Catholic (N.J.)

  22. Rock Hill Northwestern (S.C.)

  23. Long Beach Poly (Calif)

  24. Fort Lauderdale University (Fla.)

  25. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (Nev.)

The expectations for Norcross' football team got a little bit bigger on Monday.

The defending Class AAAAAA state champions were ranked No. 3 in the nation by MaxPreps' preseason top 25.

The Blue Devils return 16 staters and three highly recruited players to make them a contender for the national title.

They went 15-0 last year to win the program's first state title. They finished the year ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps.

This year's team is led by defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who is the No. 2 overall college prospect in Georgia.

He made 136 tackles and led the county in sacks with 17 for a defense that allowed 13.5 points a game. Carter has more than 25 Division I scholarship offers, including Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Highly touted linebacker Kevin Mouhon and athlete Myles Autry also return.

Mouhon was Norcross' leading tackler last year with 152 stops, which was third-best in the county. Autry had nearly 1,200 yards rushing and receiving with 16 TDs. He was also a major threat as a kick returner and coming back from a torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs.

Norcross will get the chance to validate its high ranking in its season opener. The Blue Devils will host No. 9 Booker T. Washington in a game televised on ESPN.

The only other Georgia team on the list was Class AAAA state champion Sandy Creek, which was ranked No. 5.

It's the second year Gwinnett has had a team in the top five in the poll.

Grayson was ranked No. 2 in the nation last season.

The two teams ranked ahead of Norcross are No. 1 Concord De La Salle (Calif.) and Miami Central (Fla.).


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