The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders out of Fort Lauderdale, FL are one of the top HS Football programs in the nation. The Raiders are the defending National Champions and are currently ranked 2 in the nation in the USA Today Top 25 National Rankings and 1 in the Southern Rankings. St. Thomas Aquinas is also ranked 1 in the Florida 7A Rankings where the Raiders are the defending state champions in that classification and have won 3 of the last 4 state titles and 6 overall.
STA has made the playoffs a state record 20 consecutive years and currently have 36 former players on BCS conference rosters which is more than any other HS in Florida. The Raiders are already 1-0 on the season, having beaten then-nationally third ranked Prattville (AL) 34-31 on national TV two Saturdays ago.
The Cypress Bay Lightning of Weston, FL are ranked 1 in Florida's 8A Class by MaxPreps and coming off the best season in school history when the Lightning went 11-3 and reached the state semi-finals before losing to Miami Central 30-27. Cypress Bay is 1-0 on the season after a 24-7 win over Deerfield Beach last Friday.
In the Huddle Hero Watch
4-star DE Jelani Hamilton - Miami commitment - 247 Sports 5 DE in the nation
3-star RB Dami Ayoola - 18 offers including Auburn, Kentucky, South Florida
3-star DE Bryan Cox, Jr - 17 offers including Miami, Vandy, North Carolina (Dad starred in NFL, now assistant coach with Dolphins)
2-star CB Joe McClary - 5 offers including South Florida, Texas Tech, Central Florida
LB Tyler Drake and SAF Cole Champion - both offered by Kentucky
Junior LB Joey Bosa - offered by Florida State and Alabama
2-star LB Josh Witt - Miami commitment
OL Daniel Isidora - 8 offers including Miami, NC State, West Virginia
Junior SAF Nico Marley headlines the Lightning's strong junior and sophomore class. He is the grandson of Reggae Legend Bob Marley