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1. Plant Tampa FL: Plant has won back-to-back state titles in Florida and returns all-world athlete James Wilder Jr and quarterback Phillip Ely.

2. Poly Long Beach CA: Poly ended 2009 with a 7-5 record. The team brings back nine starters on both offense and defense.

3. Abilene Abilene TX: Texas 5A Division II winners bring back Herschel and Ronnie Sims to lead the charge.

4. Glenville Academic Campus Cleveland OH: The most talented team in Ohio thinks this is the year it takes home the state title.

5. South Panola Batesville MS: The famed 89-game win streak had to start somewhere. The Tigers enter 2010 with 13 consecutive wins.

6. Trinity Euless TX: A summer off doesn't figure to slow one of the best teams in Texas.

7. West Monroe West Monroe LA: West Monroe has won two national titles and brings back a defense good enough to take home a third.

8. Hoover Hoover AL: Hoover wants to win games after it wins off the field.

9. Hamilton Chandler AZ: Hamilton's offensive line anchors its high hopes for a state title.

10. Dorman Roebuck SC: The Cavaliers enter the 2010 season as the best in South Carolina. A place it feels it should be more frequently.

11. Miami Central Miami FL
12. DeMatha Hyattsville MD
13. Crenshaw Los Angeles CA
14. Dwyer West Palm Beach FL
15. Bingham South Jordan UT
16. Junipero Serra Gardena CA
17. Good Counsel Olney MD
18. Phoebus Hampton VA
19. St. Peter's Prep Jersey City NJ
20. Centennial Corona CA
21. Camden County Kingsland GA
22. Shiloh Christian Springdale AR
23. Butler Matthews NC
24. Bishop McDevitt Harrisburg PA
25. Byrnes Duncan SC
26. Armwood Seffner FL
27. De La Salle Concord CA
28. Cinco Ranch Katy TX
29. North Gwinnett Suwanee GA
30. Steele Cibolo TX
31. Mater Dei Santa Ana CA
32. Har-Ber Springdale AR
33. Mullen Denver CO
34. The Woodlands The Woodlands Tx
35. Colquitt County Moultrie GA
36. St. Thomas Aquinas Ft Lauderdale FL
37. Pensacola Pensacola FL
38. Stony Point Round Rock TX
39. Lake Travis Austin TX
40. Westlake Westlake Village CA
41. Grant Sacramento CA
42. Cedar Hill Cedar Hill TX
43. North Penn Senior Lansdale PA
44. Franklinton Franklinton LA
45. St. Xavier Cincinnati OH
46. Acadiana Lafayette LA
47. Warren Central Indianapolis IN
48. Jesuit Portland OR
49. Manatee Bradenton FL
50. Colerain Cincinnati OH
51. Bishop Gorman Las Vegas NV
52. Wheaton South Wheaton IL
53. Katy Katy TX
54. Oaks Christian Westlake Village CA
55. John Curtis River Ridge LA
56. Allen Allen TX
57. Madison Central Madison MS
58. Lowndes Valdosta GA
59. Servite Anaheim CA
60. Gilman School Baltimore MD
61. Jefferson Tampa FL
62. Union Tulsa OK
63. Dr. Phillips Orlando FL
64. Don Bosco Prep Ramsey NJ
65. Jenks Jenks OK
66. DeSoto Desoto TX
67. Jack Britt Fayetteville NC
68. Muskegon Muskegon MI
69. Moeller Cincinnati OH
70. West Jones Laurel MS
71. Stone Bridge Ashburn VA
72. Chaparral Scottsdale AZ
73. Northwestern Miami FL
74. Northwestern Rock Hill SC
75. Hermitage Richmond VA
76. La Salle Wyndmoor PA
77. St. Xavier Louisville KY
78. Oscar Smith Chesapeake VA
79. Cocoa Cocoa FL
80. Lake Braddock Burke VA
81. Westlake Austin TX
82. Folsom Folsom CA
83. East Grand Rapids Grand Rapids MI
84. Glades Central Belle Glade FL
85. Richmond County Rockingham NC
86. Coffman Dublin OH
87. Eden Prairie Eden Prairie MN
88. Rockhurst Kansas City MO
89. Alcoa Alcoa TN
90. Bergen Catholic Oradell NJ
91. Millard South Omaha NE
92. Hutchinson Hutchinson KS
93. Southmoore Moore OK
94. Maine South Park Ridge IL
95. Center Grove Greenwood IN
96. Glenbard West Glen Ellyn IL
97. Chandler Chandler AZ
98. Palo Verde Las Vegas NV
99. Gateway Monroeville PA
100. La Cueva Albuquerque NM

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#1. The Plant Panthers

Coming off back-to-back state titles in Florida, the Tampa (Fla.) Plant Panthers have dealt with expectation. Starting the season as the No. 1 team in the RivalsHigh 100 is something else altogether. Head coach Robert Weiner says neither will affect the team.

"When you have won like we have won and have the players coming back we have, expectations are going to happen," he said. "We lost 44 seniors after our first state title and we lost 43 seniors from last year's team. So this is a completely different group that is facing the expectations placed on them. We have to approach each year differently, rankings or not."

The rankings, and therefore expectations, are certainly there for a team that has won the Florida Class 4A state title in 2008 and the Class 5A state title in 2009. It also doesn't hurt that the Panthers are bringing back one of the best players in the country, James Wilder Jr., and a two-time state championship quarterback, Phillip Ely.

Wilder, the son of the former NFL great by the same name, is ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the Rivals 100 for the Class of 2011. Where he'll play next season will be known soon. Weiner confirmed on Monday to FlaVarsity.com that Wilder will announce his college decision on Aug. 18, likely around 5 p.m. He also recognizes the talent he has on the field and admits to being in awe of the ability of Wilder.

"James is a maniac and I am not sure he knows it," Weiner said. "It is like going for a run with your dog. Your dog doesn't know how far you are going so he just takes off. That is just like James. He goes as hard as he can until the whistle. Then he does it again. I have never seen a player with that kind of intensity from start to finish."

But it doesn't end there with Wilder.

"What people don't know about James is what makes him truly special," Weiner said. "I have seen good players who just rely on their natural ability, but James' effort actually exceeds his ability. He works his butt off to get better. He has amazing effort and he plays with an incredible passion. He is also a sponge. Anything we try to teach him he absorbs, he loves to learn and loves to be coached."

Ely follows in those accolades from Weiner.

"When Phillip first came up with us, he was to follow Aaron Murray, and heck he may have been 5-foot-9 then," Weiner recalled. "And he couldn't bench press two 45-pound plates. Now, he is 6-foot-1 and a real football player."

Weiner wouldn't comment on his bench, but it's safe to assume that it has improved too. The main part of Ely's game, though, is one that is often overlooked. He's a winner. Ely is now 19-0 as a starter and has won two state titles.

"He doesn't have a 'wow factor,'" Weiner said. "But when you measure a quarterback you can look for yards or arm strength, but what is most important is "Does he know how to win? Does the team buy into him as a leader? And the kids know with Phillip they have a chance to win."

All of the accolades aside, the team still will need to get it done on the field. After an up-and-down spring and summer, one that included a spring game loss to nearby Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson - who is ranked No. 61 in the RivalsHigh 100, but a team Plant beat 46-13 last season - the games can not start soon enough for Plant.

"We will know pretty much everything we will need to know after our first six games of the season," Weiner said.

Those games include a jamboree game against No. 49-ranked Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee; a season opener at Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech, who handed Plant its only loss last year; rival Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough; a nationally-televised game against the RivalsHigh100 No. 3 team in Abilene (Texas) High; and finally a home contest against No. 26 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood.

"If you want to play the kind of football we want to play, that is the kind of schedule you want to have," Weiner said. "Week in and week out, we are taking on the best we can."

Hard to argue that mentality, but six straight tough games before the calendar turns to October may be hard to handle.

"The Abilene game was brought to us by ESPN," Weiner said. "Matching up some of the top teams from Florida and Texas, two returning state champs, and showcasing those teams is hard to say no to. It is hard to take something like that from these kids."

Another thing no one can take from the kids at Plant is the team's collective heart.

The Panthers, who don't have as many hardships as far as teams go, enter the season having played against adversity and are starting to embrace the naysayers as well as hostile environments.

"People didn't give us a chance going down to take on Lakeland last year," Weiner said. "But we got that done. Now we will go to Abilene where there will be 30,000 people in the stands and probably 29,800 will be rooting for us to lose."

All of the rankings and expectations will be measured in front of a national audience for Plant.

"If we make it through our schedule and the playoffs without a loss, I think all of this hype will be justified," Weiner said. "We still have a long way to go and a lot of games to win."

It all starts in less than three weeks.

The Plant Panthers
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