Editor’s note: This is the second Top 25 of the offseason. The first was put out before most of the transfers and coaching changes took place. There will be another Top 25 put out after spring practice once I’ve had a chance to make the rounds. As we move closer to August, the picture will become much more clear.
1. Monrovia — The most complete team around. Period.
2. Bishop Amat — Defense may not have size, but it has plenty of experience.
3. West Covina — How to use Noodles, and where, the big question this spring.
4. Charter Oak — Loss of leading passer/rusher will be very hard to overcome.
5. Damien — Waiting to see what’s up this summer, but this could be No. 1 by fall.
6. Chino Hills — High-upside team has talent, but lacks experience. Scary.
7. La Habra — If you thought last year was a reload, wait until you see this year.
8. St. Paul — New regime has been reportedly working hard to get talent infusion.
9. La Mirada — Leading passer, rusher and receiver all back.
10. St. Francis — QB returns, but there’s tons of question marks elsewhere.
11. La Serna — QB Palmer is one of the best dual-threats around.
12. Arcadia — Down compared to last year, but still solid enough to bang with most.
13. San Dimas — Consistency, not talent, is program’s greatest attribute.
14. Maranatha — Division switch should put Minutemen in thick of title chase.
15. Muir — Loss of Talifero stings, but decent talent remains for new head coach.
16. Duarte — By far the best transfer haul of the offseason.
17. Cantwell — Skill talent is there to do damage in the Northwest.
18. Arroyo — Can rely on ground game and defense until new QB is settled in.
19. Pasadena — Insiders tell me how great things are, then later admit it’s a one-man show.
20. San Gabriel — Hearing some very interesting things about SG. A team to watch!
21. Bonita — New head coach/old staff. Bearcats should be solid if nothing else.
22. Diamond Ranch — Really need to see what Roddy’s working with this spring.
23. Azusa — Aztecs had to cringe at Duarte’s upgrades.
24. Claremont — ‘Pack have decent skills, but need a toughness upgrade badly.
25. Diamond Bar — Some of the best talent around in spots, but toughness?
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