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High School  | Rankings  | 1/26/2024

High School Top 50: 10-1

Tyler Russo      Cameron McElwaney     
High School Preseason Top 50: 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11

10. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Tim Held
Notable Prospect(s): RHP Kellan Klosterman (Notre Dame), RHP David Hagen (West Virginia), RHP Tyler Heflin (Youngstown State), RHP Alec Bashardoust (Longwood), RHP Evan Scott (Maine), RHP Zion Theophilus (LSU), LHP Luke Pappano (Ole Miss), SS Carter Christenson (Ohio State), OF Jovan Love, RHP Joey Watts, C Griffin Booth (Air Force), SS Charlie Valencic (Radford), SS Matt Ponatoski, 3B Conner Cuozzo, OF Noah Goettke, C Donovan Glosser

Archbishop Moeller’s 2023 season was simply dominant as they finished with a 31-3 record on their way to a state championship. They bring back an impressive roster full of top level talent in all grad classes both on the mound and at the plate. On the mound they have a host of seniors in Kellan Klosterman, David Hagen and Tyler Heflin that have thrown huge innings in their high school career. LSU commit and top-30 player in the country Zion Theophilus is another massive name on the mound that has some of the best stuff in the country, along with two-way talent Luke Pappano wearing multiple hats for this team. Offensively they’ll be led by a strong group of underclassmen in Carter Christenson, Jovan Love and Luke Pappano. This group has a chance to be special once again with the amount of talent and depth. 

9. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Brad Bass
Notable Prospect(s): RHP William Schmidt (LSU), RHP Grant Breaux (LSU), Trip Dobson (Houston), OF Brooks Wright (Louisiana-Lafayette), RHP Ryder Loup, LHP Wyatt Chenevert (Nicholls State), SS Jack Ruckert (LSU), OF Noah Lewis (Louisiana-Lafayette), C Andrew Clapinski, OF Davis Emonet

Catholic came up short of their ultimate goal a season ago of winning their second consecutive state championship but return an impressive roster. Everything begins and ends with this team on the mound as they have two LSU commits to run out as their one-two punch in William Schmidt and Grant Breaux. Both can lead this staff as they have great stuff and have thrown big innings already in their high school career. Rounding out the staff is seniors Ryder Loup and Wyatt Chenevert. The offense will be spearheaded by underclassmen Jack Ruckert who’s one of the most dynamic players in the country. Along with him you have Trip Dobson and Brooks Wright both returning for their senior seasons. This team has all the makings to make another deep run into the playoffs. 

8. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Danny Wallace
Notable Prospect(s): OF Sam Erickson (Texas A&M), C Zane Becker (Arkansas), RHP Jack James (TCU), 3B Adrian Rodriguez (Texas A&M), RHP Josh Glaser (Texas State), OF Garrett Wallace (Louisiana Tech), C Bronco Helmuth, RHP Jack Lovin

Flower Mound is coming off of a season that saw them win their first state championship since 2014 as the rolled through their schedule to a final record of 37-10-2. Most of the players from a season ago have returned looking to go back-to-back. Offensively, Texas A&M commit Sam Erickson returns after having a great junior campaign along with Arkansas commit Zane Becker. They round out the offense Adrian Rodriguez, Garrett Wallace and Bronco Helmuth, all seniors who have tons of experience in big moments. The depth doesn’t stop there as they have three high-level arms in TCU commit Zack James, Texas State commit Josh Glaser and Jack Lovin all coming back after throwing huge innings a season ago. There’s quality depth both on the offensive side and on the mound here, giving them a great chance to make another run in 2024. 

7. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Jared Halpert
Notable Prospect(s): SS/RHP Bryce Rainer (Texas), RHP Tommy Bridges (TCU), RHP Duncan Marsten (Wake Forest), C Cade Goldstein (Washington), MIF James Tronstein (Stanford), OF Will Suslow, OF Ira Rootman, C Drew Rico

Harvard-Westlake, one of Southern California’s top programs, consistently churns out top talent year in and year out and 2024 is no different. The pitching staff here is one to watch as they have a chance to be one of the best in the country. They can run out three Power-5 arms at any given moment in Tommy Bridges, Duncan Marsten and Bryce Rainer. Bridges has been into the low-90s and shows elite pitchability while Martsen has been into the upper-90s in preseason work. Not only do you have those two, you also have one of the premier two-way talents in the country in Bryce Rainer who will provide thump in the middle of the order along with premium stuff out of the bullpen. Along with Rainer in the lineup, they also have Cade Goldstein, a Washington commit, who will control the staff along with being an impact bat. 

6. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Matt Buckner
Notable Prospect(s): RHP Cade Oleary (Mississippi State), OF Brennon Seigler (Tennessee), SS Lukas Buckner (Mississippi State), 1B Eli Evans (East Tenn State), RHP Stratton Scott (Tennessee), OF Landis Davila (Mississippi State), OF Jack Alley, OF Michael Delph (Army), RHP Braxton Lewis (Tennessee Tech), C Gavin Brewer (Cincinnati), RHP Matt Heflin (Ranger College), OF Charlie Bozeman (Samford), RHP Braylon Hall (Lee University), 3B Jake Merrick (UAB), SS Cole Draper (Wofford), C Jake Harris

The top program in the state of Tennessee is back at it again in 2024, bringing back a super talented roster with valuable experience. They’ll be led on the bump by Cade Oleary and Stratton Scott, both who are committed to SEC programs with big stuff. The pitching depth doesn’t stop there as they also have Braxton Lewis, Matt Heflin, Ryan Wallace and Braylon Hall as well. Brennon Seigler, Lukas Buckner and Eli Evans will be set to lead the offense, all three bringing different skill sets to the table. Landis Davila, Jack Alley and Michael Delph will also play a key part to the offensive success. The depth in this senior class is extremely impressive on both the offensive and defensive sides, making them the clear favorites to win their third state championship in a row. 

5. Lewisburg (Olive Branch, Miss.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Rusty Cagle
Notable Prospect(s): 3B Samuel Richardson (Texas), RHP Stone McCaughey (Ole Miss), RHP Cayden Baker (Baylor), SS Austin Hannigan (Memphis), RHP Matthew Osteen (UL-Lafayette), RHP Gunner Gilmore (Air Force), C Trae Cagle, LHP Talon Haley (Vanderbilt), 2B Caden Nelson, RHP Elijah Sanders

We’re into talking about the 5 best teams in the entire country, meaning everyone is either deep or loaded with high-end talent, or both. Personally, I’m really high on this group and it’s for good reason; they won the state title in 2023 and are back with not just most of their biggest contributors from that run, but also their biggest names on both sides of the ball. The offense is led by one of the best hitters in the country in Samuel Richardson, who’s an explosive athlete with huge juice. The offense won’t stop there, but where they’re special is on the mound. They’ve got a real long list of guys that are headed to pitch at the next level; Stone McCaughey, Cayden Baker and Matthew Osteen all have big stuff and I’ve seen them log big innings, while junior Talon Haley is another special arm that’ll pitch a ton for them. They’ve got a tough schedule for this spring, so they’ll be battled tested for when it matters.

4. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) 
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Eric Borba
Notable Prospect(s): OF Derek Curiel (LSU), SS Gabe Fraser (Arkansas), 2B Ben Reiland (Oklahoma St), SS Vincent Hudson (Arizona), C Nate Savoie (LMU), RHP Ross Clark, RHP Brady Strohm, RHP Nolan Tillit, OF Finnegan Stewart (Utah Tech), RHP Alex Chavez (LMU), OF Josiah Hartshorn (Texas A&M), RHP Colt Peterson (Stanford), SS Wyatt Hanoian, C Brady Murrietta (Texas), OF Gary Morse, SS Gavin Hottle (TCU), 2B Justin Lopez, 3B Rock Akahi, SS Hamilton Friedberg (Air Force)

It wasn’t the best of years for this program in 2023 as they finished 4th in the Trinity League, but that would put them amongst some of the best teams is just about any other state. It’s a deep group of talent with a ton of seniors that have been a part of winning big games, so they’ll certainly be experienced when it comes to needing it this spring. Derek Curiel is one of the better players on both sides in the country, which always helps at the top, while he’s surrounded by a well-rounded senior group. They’ve got some really dynamic underclass guys that could certainly factor into their lineup, and success, this year, not to mention having Josiah Hartshorn in the lineup brings some serious thunder right in the heart of it. There’s certainly depth on both sides of the ball and they’ll have a good shot to win a ton.

3. Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Todd Fitz-Gerald
Notable Prospect(s): SS Devin Fitz-Gerald (NC State), SS Rylan Lujo (Dayton), RHP Jayden Dubanewicz (Florida), 1B Niko Benestad (USF), RHP Gavin Gargiulo (UCF), OF Alex Rodriguez (UCF), LHP David Goldapper (Eastern Florida St), 1B Nick Diaz (Georgia), OF Bennett Gary (Miami), C Andrew Freeman (Louisville), LHP Luke Cherry, SS Erick Torres, OF Jonathan Rodriguez, OF Lorenzo Laurel (Florida), LHP Gio Rojas (Miami), C Jake Rizzo

This has become pretty regular now to be talking about the Stoneman Douglas program in this range of the rankings and they’re coming off quite simply a perfect year where they didn’t lose a game on their way to winning a third straight Florida state title and yet another National Championship. It’s a program that just churns out wins, in large part to what the staff continues to develop their players into, but mostly because of the pure talent they put on the field on any given day. They once again have a deep senior group with guys like Devin Fitz-Gerald, Rylan Lujo, Niko Benestad and a list of others leading the offense, while the list of arms is equally as impressive with Jayden Dubanewicz looking to step into the ace role. They don’t stop at their seniors with an even longer list of talented underclassmen, which will give them as good of depth as any team in the country and set them up for 2025 and on. They haven’t lost in some time and it’s tough to imagine they’re not favored each time out in 2024.

2. Corona (Corona, Calif.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Andy Wise
Notable Prospect(s): LHP Ethan Schiefelbein (UCLA), C Josh Springer (Oregon), LHP Sam Burgess (TCU), OF Jaylen White, SS Brady Ebel (LSU), RHP Seth Hernandez (Vanderbilt), SS Billy Carlson (Vanderbilt), OF Anthony Murphy, SS Trey Ebel

This program has seen a good deal of success in recent memory and has been competitive against many of the best programs in Southern California, but they’ve not quite gotten over the hurdle of dominating the state. This year, they’ve got some of the best star power in the entire country and the expectations for this group are very high. They’ve got guys like Ethan Schiefelbein, Josh Springer and Sam Burgess that are in their senior campaign as nationally ranked prospects, but the addition of juniors Seth Hernandez and Billy Carlson, alongside junior Brady Ebel, gives them 3 of the 11 best juniors in the entire country. They’ve got a lot more talent too when it comes to those around that group that’ll make them deep on both sides of the ball, but it’s tough to look at the top tier of players on this team and not believe that they’re the team to beat in Southern California; the future looks bright for the program. 

1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
2023 Record:
Head Coach: Kason Gabbard
Notable Prospect(s): OF/LHP Noah Franco (TCU), 3B Andre Modugno (Duke), C Aukai (Jaydon) Kea (Vanderbilt), LHP Blake Larson (TCU), RHP Jake Gregor (Louisville), OF Gunner Geile (Arizona), OF Josh Hanson (USC), OF Max Charles (Grand Canyon), LHP Drew Bellis (Vanderbilt), OF Dean Moss (Vanderbilt), SS Sean Gamble ( ), SS Jayden Stroman (Duke), 3B Peyton Miller (Clemson), RHP Keagen Kohlhoff (Kentucky), OF Joshua Campbell (Michigan), SS Parker Loew (LSU), C Dillon Moss (Stanford)

We’ve made it from 50 down to 1 now, and it may not come as much of a surprise to many that we’ve landed on IMG as the top team in the country going into the 2024 season. They have established themselves as elite when it comes to the talent they put on the field each year, and this spring will be no different as guys that have played at the highest level for the past few years are now as experienced as they are talented. They’re coming off a perfect 25-0 finish in 2023 with a resume that in many years would net them a National Title, and a lot of big names from that group are back. PG All-Americans Noah Franco, Andre Modugno and Aukai (Jaydon) Kea give them serious star power at the top of the seniors, while others like Blake Larson, Jake Gregor, and a long list of others gives them unmatched depth. You can then add in star juniors Dean Moss and Sean Gamble, headlining another long list in the junior and sophomore groups of this program, that just makes this roster silly, however it shakes out. They’ll play a strong schedule and get teams’ best each time out, but they’ve got the talent, depth and experience to win all 25 games on their schedule again in 2024.