By Renee Olivett
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/16/17
The Preseason TopLaxRecruits.com Southern Boys’ Rankings for 2017
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 19-0: The Raiders had a dream season in 2016, winning the state title while going undefeated. They will contend again for the crown.
2. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 21-4: The Saints won the Virginia independent state tourney last year and then fell to mighty Bullis School, 9-5, in the DC IAC championship. They will remain strong, returning many Division 1 commits this year.
3. Dallas Jesuit (TX) 17-2: The defending Division I state champions are again a favorite.
4. Highland Park (TX) 17-2: The Fighting Scots – who fell to Dallas Jesuit in the finals last year – will be a major challenger again for the Division I title.
5. Lambert (GA) 21-0: The Longhorns claimed the Georgia State 6A Championship, defeating Lassiter 6-3. They will have to do some rebuilding after losing five Division 1 commits to graduation, but have the talent to repeat.
6. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 19-3: The Crusaders defeated Lake Norman, 14-8, for the 4A state crown. They return a strong senior class.
7. St Anne’s-Belfield (VA) 13-5: The Saints fell to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 12-7 in the Virginia Independent Schools final and remain strong, with at least seven D1 commits.
8. Ponte Vedra (FL) 23-1: The Sharks fell to St. Thomas Aquinas in the Florida state championship 13-11, and should again challenge for the title.
9. Wando (S.C.) 18-2: The Warriors won their second straight South Carolina state title and are the clear favorite with with five D1 commits in their senior class.
10. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) 20-2 : The Cougars look to challenge for a N.C. 4A title.
Under Consideration: Allatoona (GA) 18-2, Apex (N.C.) 17-2, Centennial (GA) 17-3, Collegiate School (VA) 16-6, Dominion (VA) 21-0. Episcopal Dallas (TX) 18-3, Lake Norman (N.C.) 17-7, Lassiter (GA) 18-3, Memphis University School (TN) 15-3, Norfolk Academy (VA) 16-8, North Gwinnett (GA) 18-2, Northwest Guilford (NC) 23-1, Paul VI (VA) 15-6, Pope (GA) 15-5, Ravenscroft (NC) 17-2, Saint Andrew’s (FL) 18-3, St. Christopher’s (VA) 14-5; Westminster (GA) (18-3