BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
Five-time defending Nevada large schools football champion Bishop Gorman could end up playing for an even bigger prize this fall.
After finishing ranked in the USA Today Super 25 each of the past five seasons, including a No. 5 finish in 2011, the Gaels opened the 2014 season as the nation’s No. 1 ranked high school football team by the publication in its Super 25 poll released on Tuesday.
Gorman’s road to a mythical national championship won’t be an easy one, however. The Gaels face three other teams in USA Today’s Super 25, including a circle-the-date Sept. 26 home game with No. 2 St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif., the defending California Open Bowl state champion.
Bishop Gorman also has daunting back-to-back games at No. 19 Servite of Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 29 and at home against No. 23 Bingham High of South Jordan, Utah on Sept. 5.
The Gaels feature a number of blue-chip recruits including tight end Alize Jones, who has verbally committed to UCLA, and highly touted wide receiver Cordell Broadus, son of rapper Snoop Dogg. Senior running back Russell Booze, who rushed for 885 yards and 15 touchdowns, also returns at running back.
Bishop Gorman’s defense features at least six Division I prospects led by hard-hitting safety Nicco Fertitta, who has already committed to Notre Dame, and corner Jabari Butler.
The Gaels open their season at Fertitta Field on Aug. 22 in the Sollenberger Classic against Brophy Prep of Phoenix.