Booker T. Washington (Miami) Tops USA TODAY High School Sports Preseason Super 25 National Football Rankings

--Last season's No. 1, John Curtis (River Ridge, La.), ranked No. 3; total of 14 teams return from last season's final Super 25--

--Top five teams unveiled in today's print edition of USA TODAY and online now at USA TODAY High School Sports

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Booker T. Washington (Miami), which returns eight offensive starters from a 4A state championship team that averaged 50.8 points a game, is the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 preseason national rankings for the 2013 season.

USA TODAY High School Sports unveiled the top teams in its preseason Super 25 today, counting down five new teams each week throughout the summer. The full Super 25 rankings appear in Friday's print edition of USA TODAY, and are also available online at USA TODAY High School Sports.

The USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 is now in its 31st year as the most prestigious high school ranking platform in the nation, and  includes computer rankings of every major high school football, baseball, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls lacrosse team in the nation.

Trinity (Louisville) follows Booker T. Washington as No. 2, finishing its season as No. 14 in last season's final Super 25 and claiming a total of 22 state titles, including the past three 6A state titles.

John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)—which ended last season as the top team in the Super 25 and with its 25th state title—is ranked No. 3.  The team returns four offensive starters and five defensive starters, led by WR Malachi Dupre and LB Kenny Young.

Paramus Catholic (N.J.), last season's Non-Public Group IV champions, occupies the No. 4 position, returning Michigan commits RB/LB Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty.  Defending 5A-I state champions Allen (Texas)—last season's No. 5 team in the final Super 25—rounds out the top five, led by QB Kyler Murray who was named the Offensive MVP of the 2012 state championship.

Last season's No. 2 team, reigning 5A-II champions Katy (Texas), is ranked No. 9, thanks in part to a strong returning roster, including QB Kiley Huddleston and his favorite receiver, junior RB Rodney Anderson.

Trinity, John Curtis, Allen and Katy are among 14 teams from last season's final Super 25 rankings that also begin this year ranked among the nation's best. They are joined by No. 6 Norcross (Ga.); No. 7 Miami Central (Miami); No. 8 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.); No. 11 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); No. 12 Hoover (Ala.); No. 18 Ensworth School (Nashville); No. 19 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); No. 20 Lawrence Central (Indianapolis); No. 21 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas); and No. 23 North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.).

The states of Florida and California are each represented by four schools in the preseason Super 25 ranking, while Texas placed three.

Following is the complete listing of the USA TODAY High School Sports preseason Super 25 rankings for 2013, as determined by USA TODAY Sports. For more information on the Super 25, visit USA TODAY High School Sports:

2013 PRESEASON RANKINGS
USA TODAY High School Sports High School Football Super 25
(Schools are listed with final 2012 records)

1. Booker T. Washington, Miami (13-1)
2. Trinity, Louisville (13-1)
3. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (14-0)
4. Paramus Catholic, Paramus, N.J. (10-2)
5. Allen, Texas (15-1)
6. Norcross, Ga. (15-0)
7. Miami Central, Miami (12-2)
8. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (15-0)
9. Katy, Texas (12-1)
10. Junipero Serra, Gardena, Calif. (14-2)
11. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale (13-2)
12. Hoover, Ala. (15-0)
13. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (8-5)
14. Oscar Smith, Chesapeake, Va. (11-2)
15. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (9-3)
16. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (14-2)
17. Steele, Cibolo, Texas (14-1)
18. Ensworth School, Nashville (13-0)
19. Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (11-1)
20. Lawrence Central, Indianapolis (15-0)
21. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (14-1)
22. Apopka, Fla. (13-2)
23. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (16-0)
24. Jenks, Okla. (12-2)
25. Colerain, Cincinnati (12-1)

For more information on the Super 25, visit USA TODAY High School Sports.

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