Franklin is ranked No. 6 and Gilman No. 25 in the MaxPreps South Regional Football Computer Rankings released Thursday.
Franklin, the defending Class 3A state champion, is also ranked No. 22 nationally in Monday's MaxPreps Freeman Rankings, which is also a computer ranking.
The Indians finished last season with a 10-game winning streak after starting 2-2. In their four-game playoff run, they allowed just 42 points, polishing off the school's first state football title, 20-7, over Linganore.
The Indians return a strong core of skill players, including the Adams twins -- wide receiver Jordan and quarterback Jacquez -- seniors committed to West Virginia; Stephen Smothers, a highly-recruited junior wide receiver; and senior running back Darius Hinton, who is at full strength after recovering from ACL surgery on both knees.
Franklin also looks strong on the line led by 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior Patrick Allen, who is committed to Georgia, and 6-3, 265-pound senior Evan Ostrow.
Gilman, which finished second to McDonogh in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference last year, is looking to reclaim the title with a strong group of returning players, including quarterback Kai Locksley, a Florida commit, and junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan.
The Greyhounds also have a strong offensive line led by junior tackle Stephen Spanellis as well as veterans in senior wide receiver Jelani Roberts, who has committed to Northwestern, junior running backs Antonio Dupree and Dorian Maddox and senior defensive backs Robert Branch and Alonzo Mayo.
St. Thomas Aquinas, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the top-ranked team in the south region. Gonzaga is No. 12 and DeMatha, No. 23. To see the entire poll, click here.
Franklin is the only team from Maryland in the Freeman national rankings.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun