ESPNDallas.com gets ready for the start of the high school football season by unveiling its preseason rankings, one spot at a time:
5A NO. 3: DALLAS SKYLINE RAIDERS
2010 Record: 9-3
Predicted 2011 regular-season record: 9-1
ESPNDallas.com spring ranking: No. 3
Why they’re here: Skyline is one of the most talented all-around teams in the area -- or country, for that matter -- and will have a chance to prove it.
Coach Reginald Samples has scheduled a small taste of America before Skyline begins district play, facing Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway and Florida powerhouse Cocoa. Top-notch performances against these teams would not only help propel Skyline toward a Texas state title, but perhaps win over voters for a national title.
Skyline has FBS talent throughout both the offense and the defense, but LB Jinkens is the standout. He leads another speedy and athletic defense that will have no trouble shutting down opposing offenses, especially the ground game.
Holes to fill: Skyline really has no glaring holes going into the 2011 season, but the Raiders need to get off to a better start on offense then they did last year.
In his first year as a starter last season, QB Devonte Kincade needed several games to find a rhythm, and the offense never reached its full potential after suffering several injuries. If Kincade and the offense can hit the ground running and make it through a tough predistrict schedule, Skyline could be on its way to a state title.
Key game: at Dallas Jesuit, Oct. 7