Here’s the second installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings. Class 2A rankings will appear Thursday and Class 1A Friday.
One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. For instance, Camas is no longer a Class 3A school. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.
That said, here is the way too early Class 3A top five.
1. Bellevue (14-0 in 2011)
Who’d you expect? Four state titles in a row and nine since 2001 cement the Wolverines at the top spot. RB Myles Jack, LB Sean Constantine are among the best in the state at their respective positions.
2. O’Dea (13-1)
Irish lost a lot to graduation, nut they’re always strong – O’Dea has reached state every year since 1994. Speedy RB Tatum Taylor is one of the state’s most exciting players.
3. Seattle Prep (9-2)
Panthers broke through last season, qualifying for the state playoffs for the first time in two decades. Backfield tandem of Tere Calloway and Charlie Brennan could power Prep even further in 2012.
4. Lakes (11-1)
A “reloading” project plus brutal non-league schedule – 4A powers Bellarmine Prep, Woodinville, Skyview and Camas are on the slate – could spell a few early losses for Lancers. However, remember that the Lancers replaced starters at 19 positions in 2010 and went on to reach the state semifinals.
5. Mount Si (7-4)
Always tough Wildcats will test defensive secondaries with TE Griffin McLain and WRs Trent Riley and Tyler Button
Also considered (alphabetical order): Eastside Catholic, Kamiakin, Meadowdale, Oak Harbor, Timberline