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No one was more highly coveted in the 2003 recruiting class than Ernie Sims out of North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Florida. The linebacker went on to play at Florida State, and become a first-round pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. He logged eight pro seasons, including two with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bryce Young was the No. 2-ranked talent in the 2020 recruiting class out of the quarterback factory that is Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California. The dual-style QB with the “live arm” began his college career at Alabama.

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1 (TIE). Ernie Sims

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This five-star offensive tackle out of Florida’s IMG Academy was part of Alabama’s historically great 2021 recruiting class.

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The son of former South Carolina linebacker Derrick Little, the 6-foot-6 Greg Little opted for Ole Miss after a run as the 2016 recruiting class’ best offensive lineman. The Carolina Panthers selected the younger Little in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

A great high school provides a highly developed curriculum, and a wide range of extracurricular activities that address the needs of all students. College preparatory and vocational courses are made available so that students can earn college credits or certifications during their high school experience, easing their entry into both college and career.

Magnet schools typically use an inquiry or performance/project based learning style. Magnet high schools use district, state or Common Core standards in every subject area, however the schools teach the subjects based on the theme of the school.

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Bergen County Academies’ strengths are its academics, extracurricular activities, and notable faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in their respective fields. While offering some 16 AP courses, BCA does not focus on them. Led by a faculty of which 20 percent hold Ph.D.s, students at BCA enjoy courses that often surpass AP courses in technical rigor and creativity. An early start to earning college credits is available through dual enrollment courses.

Brooklyn Technical High School has a highly selective admissions process. All applicants must complete the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

The school offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses; 90 percent of its students participate in AP courses and exams.