Bishop Gorman opens defense of its 2014 mythical national title on Saturday night when the Gaels host defending Arizona state Division I champion Chandler (1-0) at Fertitta Field at 7 p.m.
The contest, which will be nationally televised by ESPNU, pits two of the nation’s top 11 teams in this week’s MaxPreps composite national rankings in the top-ranked Gaels and the 11th-rated Wolves, who opened their season with a 56-10 blowout of Pinnacle High School of Phoenix on Aug. 20.
Both teams are stocked with Division I prospects.
Bishop Gorman has three of the nation’s top 35 prospects for the Class of 2017 according to Tom Lemming of the CBS Sports Network’s Lemming Report led by dynamic 5-foot-9 wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (No. 6), quarterback Tate Martell (No. 22), who verbally committed to Texas A&M last week, and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett (No. 35).
The Gorman offensive line features a pair of 300-pound UNLV commitments in Jaron Caldwell and Julio (Chato) Garcia while the secondary is led by two juniors that Lemming tabs as future All-Americans in corner Alex Perry, who has committed to Arizona State, and 6-foot-3 safety Damuzhea (Bubba) Bolden.
“Bishop Gorman may have the most talented team in the nation,” Lemming said. “I’d say it’s either them or St. Thomas Aquinas (in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).”
Chandler is also loaded and features one of the west coast’s top running back prospects in senior Chase Lucas (6-0, 176), who rushed for 1,126 yards and 17 touchdowns without a fumble a year ago. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry (6-4, 215) caught 13 touchdowns as a junior and is the target of schools like Texas A&M, USC, Arizona State and Arizona. Quarterback Mason Moran (6-3, 185), who was also a first team all-state defensive back as a junior, has already committed to Oregon State while corner Kyree Woods (6-0, 170) is headed to San Diego State. Junior wide receiver Kolby Taylor has already been offered by Arizona State, Louisville, Oregon State and Nevada.
The game marks the Bishop Gorman head coaching debut of Kenny Sanchez, who takes over for his brother Tony, who left to become head coach at UNLV last December. Kenny Sanchez was the defensive coordinator for the last year’s national championship squad.