By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The powers that be at Maxpreps have named three Alabama high school football programs among the best teams in the nation, the outlet announced on Wednesday.
Joining Thompson and Hoover is Hewitt-Trussville, which sits at No. 77, in the national poll of the 2020 Maxpreps Preseason Top 100.
Thompson enters the poll at No. 33 following its first Class 7A state championship title in 37 years.
“2022 Alabama commit Jeremiah Alexander, 2021 South Carolina commit Sam Reynolds, Tre Roberson, Peter Woods and Tony Mitchell are just some of the notable players back,” Maxpreps wrote about the Class 7A power.
Following in Thompson’s footsteps is Hoover, which sits at No. 51. The longstanding keystone of Class 7A has won six state titles since 2009. Under the guidance of head coach Josh Niblett, the Bucs have gone 148-23 in 12 years.
Hewitt-Trussville enters the top 100 following a rather disappointing 2019 campaign that was beset by injuries; however, the Huskies enter this season recharged, healed and loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.
“The Huskies will be in the mix to win the 7A state title,” Maxpreps said about Hewitt-Trussville. “2021 Auburn commit Armoni Goodwin is healthy after missing the majority of his junior season. He’s joined by Riley Quick, Justice Finkley, Sean Jackson and Trey Washington to give them one of the most talented teams in the state.”
The three Alabama teams join some of the elite programs in the country to reside in the poll: IMG Academy, Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, St. Frances Academy and North Shore.
Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Washington and Washington D.C. all have multiple schools featured.
In total, 24 different states are represented, along with the District of Columbia.