The world of high school football no longer has time for an offseason.
Not for the players, not for the coaches and not for the analysts who cover the sport.
So while individuals and teams spend the summer working to improve, RivalsHigh has been gearing up for its fifth annual preseason RivalsHigh 100 football rankings - which will be announced beginning July 23.
"It is non-stop," Rivals.com High School Football Analyst Dallas Jackson said. "It is just like the teams and players we get to cover; if our team of analysts chooses to take time off we will get beat. No one in this organization wants to be one to drop the ball."
Jackson has had countless talks on the phone, online and in person with prominent coaches, numerous discussions with analysts and publishers in the Rivals network across the country, and the entire Rivals.com network has canvassed offseason camps and 7-on-7 events around the country.
"The depth of our network - we have more than 200 reporters covering players and teams across the country - helps make the RivalsHigh 100 the deepest and most complete rankings in the industry," Jackson said.
And while this year's preseason rankings were as challenging as ever, we're confident in the early placements.
At least for now.
That's the beauty of our rankings: Winning is never enough and no spot is ever secure. Each week we'll take a look at how the top teams played and reorder as necessary starting at the local level and moving up to the national rankings.
But for now the only competition is in perception and projections, so with that take a look at the release schedule as our high school football season officially kicks off.