Football polls say Mater Dei has the No. 1 team in the nation – Orange County Register

Mater Dei enters the 2017 season as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to a consensus of the preseason national high school football rankings that have rolled out in recent weeks.

The Monarchs were selected first or second in all five of the major national rankings – MaxPreps Xcellent 25, USA Today Super 25 and High School Football America, and the computer rankings done by MaxPreps and USA Today.

Mater Dei was picked No. 1 by MaxPreps Xcellent 25, USA Today Super 25 and the MaxPreps computer. In the other two polls, St. John Bosco of Bellflower was picked No. 1, giving the Trinity League the top two teams in the national composite rankings.

Mater Dei was 13-1 overall last season and reached the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game, where it lost to St. John Bosco.

Some observers have called this perhaps the most talented Mater Dei team in the school’s formidable history.

The team has a number of standouts offense, including QB JT Daniels, who has committed to USC, receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown, C.J. Parks and Nikko Remigio, and linemen Tommy Brown (Alabama) and Chris Murray.

On defense, the Monarchs have several returning all-league players, and they added a key transfer, senior linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu, who was MVP of the Palomares League in 2016.

Mater Dei faces an extremely challenging schedule this season. The Monarchs open the year at Bishop Amat of La Puente on Oct. 25, and later they have to face four teams in the preseason top 25 composite rankings – No. 2 St. John Bosco, No. 3 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), No. 13 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) and No. 24 JSerra, which was ranked in three of the five national polls.

Below is the chart of the composite national rankings:

KEY
MAX — MaxPreps Xcellent 25
USAT — USA Today Super 25
HSFBA — High School Football America
MAX-C — MaxPreps Computer
USAT-C — USA Today Computer

 COMPOSITE RANKINGS MAX
USAT
HSFBA
MAX-C
USAT-C
 Avg.
1. Mater Dei

(Santa Ana, Calif.)
1
1
2
1
2
1.4
2. St. John Bosco

(Bellflower, Calif.)
4
3
1
2
1
2.2
3T.Bishop Gorman

(Las Vegas, Nev.)
2
4
5
4
3
3.6
3T. IMG Academy

(Bradenton, Fla.)
3
2
5
3
5
3.6
5. Centennial

(Corona, Calif.)
8
14
10
10
4
9.2
6. Allen

(Allen, Texas)
11
16
3
4
20
10.8
7. Chandler

(Chandler, Ariz.)
14
7
11
16
9
11.4
8. DeMatha

(Hyattsville, Md.)
13
6
13
12
17
12.2
9. St. Thomas Aquinas

(Fort Lauderdale,...

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