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Unveiling the Preseason SI99 Football Prospect Rankings

Sports Illustrated unveils Preseason SI99 ranking of nation’s top high school football prospects

SI All-American today unveiled its Preseason SI99 -- the 99 high school football seniors from across the nation that it ranks as the frontrunners for its coveted 2020 SI All-American first team.

This Preseason SI99 stems from SI’s watch list of 1,000 players that was unveiled last month -- following what is believed to be the widest, most in-depth analysis and breakdown of tape of any recruiting class ever -- and a subsequent ranking of top 10 players in each of 14 different position groups.

“Our ranking of the top 99 reflects where the game of football is going,” said SI All-American recruiting director John Garcia Jr. “We’ve refined position groups. We’ve eliminated the outside linebacker position, because those guys in today’s game are more edge rushers, and added the nickel position. We’ve broken receivers and tight ends into two groups each -- slot and wide receivers, and traditional (Y) and hybrid (H) tight ends. 

“But one part of the game that hasn’t changed is the focus on protecting and destroying the quarterback. Our top five players illustrate the point -- two are defensive ends and one an offensive tackle.”

Among the Preseason SI99 highlights:

  • The states most represented in the SI99 are Florida (16), Texas (14), California and Georgia (9 each), and North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and Washington (6 each). The DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) also has 6.

SI ranks Caleb Williams, a quarterback out of Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) as the No. 1 player in the nation. Ranked second -- and No. 1 on defense -- is defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau of Eastside Catholic High in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Wash. Williams is verbally committed to Oklahoma and Tuimoloau looks to be down to a finalists list of Oregon, Ohio State, USC, Washington, Alabama and Stanford.

The evaluation process will continue “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best -- they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” says Garcia.

The candidates will be narrowed to 250 finalists and then a Postseason SI99 from which the 25-member first-team SI All-Americans will be selected.

The Preseason SI99 (with each name hotlinked to the player’s bio, SI analysis and video highlights) is as follows, with college verbal commitment noted:

  1. QB Caleb Williams / Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga) -- Oklahoma
  2. DE J.T. Tuimoloau / Sammamish, Wash. (Eastside Catholic) -- undecided
  3. DE Jack Sawyer / Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) -- Ohio State
  4. IDL Korey Foreman / Corona, Calif. (Centennial) -- undecided
  5. OT Tommy Brockermeyer / Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints Episcopal) -- Alabama
  6. LB Smael Mondon / Dallas, Ga. (Paulding County) -- undecided
  7. DE Demeioun Robinson / Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard) -- Maryland
  8. RB TreVeyon Henderson / Hopewell, Va. -- Ohio State
  9. RB Camar Wheaton / Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial) -- undecided
  10. WR Emeka Egbuka / Steilacoom, Wash. -- undecided
  11. OT J.C. Latham / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) -- Alabama
  12. IDL Damon Payne / Belleville, Mich. -- Alabama
  13. OT Amarius Mims / Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County) -- undecided
  14. CB Jason Marshall / Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) -- Florida
  15. QB Brock Vandagriff / Bogart, Ga. (Prince Avenue Christian) -- Georgia
  16. IDL Tywone Malone / Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) -- undecided
  17. LB Xavian Sorey / Graceville, Fla. -- undecided
  18. DE Dylan Brooks / Roanoke, Ala. (Handley) -- Tennessee
  19. S James Williams / Plantation, Fla. (Heritage) -- Miami
  20. IDL Leonard Taylor / Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) -- Miami
  21. WR Beaux Collins / Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco) -- Clemson
  22. DE Keeshawn Silver / Rocky Mount, N.C. -- North Carolina
  23. SLOT Mario Williams Jr. / Plant City, Fla. -- Oklahoma
  24. QB J.J. McCarthy / was La Grange Park, Ill./Nazareth Academy; now IMG in Bradenton, Fla. -- Michigan
  25. IDL Payton Page / Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley) -- Clemson
  26. LB Raesjon Davis / Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) -- LSU
  27. LB Terrence Lewis / Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) -- Tennessee
  28. RB Will Shipley / Matthews, N.C. (Weddington) -- Clemson
  29. QB Ty Thompson / Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite) -- Oregon
  30. IOL Bryce Foster / Katy, Texas (Taylor) -- undecided
  31. IOL Donovan Jackson / Bellaire, Texas (Episcopal) -- Ohio State
  32. WR Dont’e Thornton / Baltimore, Md. (Mount St. Joseph) -- undecided
  33. QB Drake Maye / Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park) -- North Carolina
  34. LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. / Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph’s Prep) -- Clemson
  35. S David Daniel / Woodstock, Ga. -- Georgia
  36. IDL Maason Smith / Houma, La. (Terrebonne) -- undecided
  37. CB Ishmael Ibraheem Dallas, Texas (Justin F. Kimball) -- Texas
  38. QB Sam Huard / Burien, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic) -- Washington
  39. WR Marvin Harrison Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph’s Prep) -- Ohio State
  40. LB Barrett Carter Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) -- Clemson
  41. S Terrion Arnold / Tallahassee, Fla. (St. John Paul II) -- undecided
  42. SLOT Christian Leary / Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater) -- Alabama
  43. CB Nathaniel Wiggins / Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake) -- undecided
  44. TE-Y Cane Berrong / Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County) -- Notre Dame
  45. TE-Y Thomas Fidone Jr. / Council Bluffs, Iowa (Lewis Central) -- undecided
  46. WR Jacorey Brooks / Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington) -- Alabama
  47. OT Kingsley Suamataia / Orem, Utah -- undecided
  48. DE Elijah Jeudy / Philadelphia, Pa. (Northeast) -- Georgia
  49. CB Ga’Quincy McKinstry / Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley) -- undecided
  50. LB Julien Simon / Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln) -- USC
  51. TE-H Brock Bowers / Napa, Calif. -- Georgia
  52. RB Evan Pryor / Cornelius, N.C. (William Amos Hough) -- Ohio State
  53. NICKEL Jordan Hancock / Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) -- Ohio State
  54. DE Jeremiah Williams / Birmingham, Ala. (Ramsay) -- undecided
  55. QB Tyler Buchner / La Mesa, Calif. (Helix) -- Notre Dame
  56. WR Jerand Bradley / DeSoto, Texas -- Texas Tech
  57. QB Kyle McCord / Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep) -- Ohio State
  58. DE Quintin Somerville / Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro) -- Michigan
  59. WR Troy Franklin / Atherton, Calif. (Menlo) -- Oregon
  60. NICKEL Billy Bowman Jr. / Denton, Texas (Ryan) -- Texas
  61. OT Tristan Leigh / Fairfax, Va. (Robinson Secondary) -- undecided
  62. LB Reid Carrico / Ironton, Ohio -- Ohio State
  63. SLOT Destyn Pazon / New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr) -- undecided
  64. TE-Y Hudson Wolfe / Savannah, Tenn. (Hardin County) -- Tennessee
  65. SLOT Jabez Tinae / Burien, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic) -- Washington
  66. IDL Gabriel Rubio / Saint Peters, Mo. (Lutheran) -- Notre Dame
  67. SLOT Xavier Worthy / Fresno, Calif. (Central West) -- Michigan
  68. OT Blake Fisher / Avon, Ind. -- Notre Dame
  69. DE Dallas Turner / Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) -- Alabama
  70. RB Amari Daniels / Miami, Fla. (Central) -- undecided
  71. DE Zaire Patterson / Winston-Salem, N.C. (W-S Prep Academy) -- Clemson
  72. S Ahmari Harvey / Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State Univ. School) -- Auburn
  73. CB Latrell McCutchin /Austin, Texas (Lynden B. Johnson) -- Oklahoma
  74. WR Brian Thomas / Walker, La. -- undecided
  75. IDL Lee Hunter / Prichard, Ala. (Mattie T. Blount) -- Auburn
  76. DE Tyreak Sapp / Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Saint Thomas Aquinas) -- Florida
  77. S Corey Collier Jr. / Miami, Fla. (Palmetto) -- Florida
  78. IDL Mike Hall / Streetsboro, Ohio -- Ohio State
  79. CB Jakailin Johnson / Creve Coeur, Mo. (De Smet Jesuit) -- Ohio State
  80. S Derrick Davis Jr. Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway) -- undecided
  81. QB Miller Moss / Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) -- USC
  82. RB JoJo Earle / Aledo, Texas -- LSU
  83. NICKEL Steven Ortiz / Goodyear, Ariz. (Desert Edge) -- Minnesota
  84. LB Jaraye Williams / Burien, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic) -- Louisville
  85. CB Isaiah Johnson / Bluefield, W.Va. -- Arizona State
  86. QB Preston Stone / Dallas, Texas (Parish Episcopal) -- SMU
  87. IDL Monkell Goodwine / Fort Washington, Md. (National Christian Academy) -- Alabama
  88. LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson / Baltimore, Md. (St. Frances Academy) -- Georgia
  89. DE Landon Jackson / Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove) -- LSU
  90. NICKEL Sage Ryan / Lafayette, La. (Christian Academy) -- undecided
  91. WR Cody Jackson / Richmond, Texas (Foster) -- Oklahoma
  92. IDL Elliot Donald / Pittsburgh, Pa. (Central Catholic) -- Pitt
  93. QB Eli Stowers / Denton, Texas (John H. Guyer) -- Texas A&M
  94. TE-H Miles Campbell / Douglasville, Ga. (South Paulding) -- Tennessee
  95. TE-H Michael Trigg / Seffner, Fla. (Seffner Christian) -- undecided
  96. NICKEL Avante Dickerson / Omaha, Neb. (Westside) -- Minneosta
  97. RB Armoni Goodwin / Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville) -- Auburn
  98. IOL James Brockermeyer / Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints' Episcopal) -- Alabama
  99. WR Cristian Dixon / Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) -- Michigan

Preseason SI99 break down by state:


Dylan Brooks, Roanoke

Ga’Quincy McKinstry, Pinson

Jeremiah Williams, Birmingham

Lee Hunter, Prichard

Armoni Goodwin, Trussville


Ty Thompson, Gilbert

Quintin Somerville, Scottsdale

Steven Ortiz, Goodyear


Beaux Collins, Bellflower

Raesjon Davis, Santa Ana

Brock Bowers, Napa

Tyler Buchner, La Mesa

Troy Franklin, Atherton

Xavier Worthy, Fresno

Miller Moss, Mission Hills

Christian Dixon, Santa Ana

Korey Foreman, Corona


Caleb Williams


Jason Marshall, Miami

JC Latham, Bradenton

Xavian Sorey, Graceville

James Williams, Plantation

Leonard Taylor, Miami

Mario Williams, Plant City

Terrence Lewis, Miami

Terrion Arnold, Tallahassee

Christian Leary, Orlando

Jacorey Brooks, Miami

Dallas Turner, Fort Lauderdale

Amari Daniels, Miami

Amari Harvey, Tallahassee

Tyreak Sapp, Fort Lauderdale

Corey Collier, Miami

Michael Trigg, Seffner


Smael Mondon, Dallas

David Daniel, Woodstock

Barrett Carter, Suwanee

Nathaniel Wiggins, Atlanta

Cane Berrong, Hartwell

Jordan Hancock, Suwanee

Miles Campbell, Douglasville

Amarius Mims, Cochran

Brock Vandagriff, Bogart


Thomas Fidone, Council Bluffs


Blake Fisher, Avon


JJ McCarthy, La Grange Park


Maason Smith, Houma

Destyn Pazon, New Orleans

Brian Thomas, Walker

Sage Ryan, Lafayette


Monkell Goodwine, Fort Washington

Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Baltimore

Demeioun Robinson, Gaithersburg

Dont'e Thornton, Baltimore


Damon Payne, Belleville


Gabe Rubio, Saint Peters

Mike Hall, Streetsboro

Jakailin Johnson, Saint Louis


Avantae Dickerson, Omaha


Tywone Malone, Oradell


Keeshawn Silver, Rocky Mount

Payton Page, Greensboro

Will Shipley, Matthews

Drake Maye, Charlotte

Evan Pryor, Cornelius

Zaire Patterson, Winston-Salem


Reid Carrico, Ironton

Jack Sawyer, Pickerington


Jeremiah Trotter, Philadelphia

Marvin Harrison, Philadelphia

Elijah Jeudy, Philadelphia

Kyle McCord, Philadelphia

Derrick Davis, Monroeville

Elliot Donald, Reading


Hudson Wolfe, Savannah


Tommy Brockermeyer, Fort Worth

Camar Wheaton, Garland

Bryce Foster, Katy

Donovan Jackson, Bellaire

Ishmael Ibraheem, Dallas

Billy Bowman, Denton

Latrell McCutchin, Austin

Jojo Earle, Aledo

Preston Stone, Dallas

Landon Jackson, Texarkana

Cody Jackson, Richmond

Eli Stowers, Denton, TX

James Brockermeyer, Fort Worth

Jerand Bradley, Plano


Kingsley Suamataia, East Orem


TreVeon Henderson, Hopewell

Tristan Leigh, Fairfax


Jaraye Williams, Burien

JT Tuimoloau, Bellevue

Emeka Egbuka, Steilacoom

Sam Huard, Burien

Jabez Tinae, Burien

Julien Simon, Tacoma


Isiah Johnson, Bluefield

Preseason SI99 break down by college verbal commitment:


IOL James Brockermeyer

OT Tommy Brockermeyer

WR Jacorey Brooks

IDL Monkell Goodwine

Slot Christian Leary

OT JC Latham

IDL Damon Payne

DE Dallas Turner

Arizona State

CB Isaiah Johnson


RB Armoni Goodwin

S Ahmari Harvey

IDL Lee Hunter


LB Barrett Carter

WR Beaux Collins

IDL Payton Page

DE Zaire Patterson

RB Will Shipley

LB Jeremiah Trotter


S Corey Collier

CB Jason Marshall

DE Tyreak Sapp


TE-H Brock Bowers

S David Daniel

LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson

DE Elijah Jeudy

QB Brock Vandagriff


LB Jaraye Williams


LB Raesjon Davis

RB Jojo Earle

DE Landon Jackson


DE Demeioun Robinson


IDL Leonard Taylor

S James Williams


WR Christian Dixon

QB JJ McCarthy

DE Quintin Somerville

Slot Xavier Worthy


Nickel Avantae Dickerson

Nickel Steven Ortiz

North Carolina

QB Drake Maye

DE Keeshawn Silver

Notre Dame

TE-Y Cane Berrong

QB Tyler Buchner

OT Blake Fisher

IDL Gabe Rubio

Ohio State

LB Reid Carrico

IDL Mike Hall

Nickel Jordan Hancock

WR Marvin Harrison

RB TreVeon Henderson

IOL Donovan Jackson

CB JK Johnson

QB Kyle McCord

RB Evan Pryor

DE Jack Sawyer


WR Cody Jackson

CB Latrell McCutchin

QB Caleb Williams

Slot Mario Williams


WR Troy Franklin

QB Ty Thompson


IDL Elliot Donald


QB Preston Stone


Nickel Billy Bowman

CB Ishmael Ibraheem

Texas A&M

QB Eli Stowers

Texas Tech

WR Jerand Bradley


DE Dylan Brooks

TE-H Miles Campbell

LB Terrence Lewis

TE-Y Hudson Wolfe


QB Miller Moss

LB Julien Simon


QB Sam Huard

Slot Jabez Tinae


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