The Mater Dei High School Monarchs could probably beat some small college football schools on their best day. The California powerhouse is America’s No. 1 high school football program, according to MaxPreps, and 247Sports ranks six Mater Dei seniors among the top 85 players in the state. Led by head coach Bruce Rollison in his 30th season, Mater Dei has captured six CIF Championships, two state titles and four national championships during that span, including back-to-back national titles in 2017 and 2018.
Notable quarterbacks from Mater Dei include Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley, Colt Brennan, Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, and current USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels. The next great Monarch is Class of 2020 dual-threat quarterback Bryce Young, and the All-American has all the tools to continue that winning tradition at the collegiate level.
Previously committed to Clay Helton and the University of Southern California, Young flipped his commitment and announced in a Sunday afternoon tweet that he will join Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2020 college football season.
In his junior season, Bryce Young amassed over 4,000 total yards and threw 39 touchdown passes against only six interceptions in Santa Ana. Young was named a First-Team All-American by MaxPreps thanks to some help from the National Football Player of the Year, wide receiver Bru McCoy.
Entering his third season as starting quarterback, Young will eclipse 10,000 career passing yards and rolled over 100 career touchdown in a 71-21 victory over Centennial. In that game, McCoy finished 31-of-37 for 538 passing yards and seven touchdown passes. For the record, Centennial is the seventh-ranked high school football team in Arizona.
Bryce Young is the real deal, and this bonafide winner plans to continue that legacy by trading his Mater Dei red for Alabama crimson.
When Tua Tagovailoa inevitably leaves the University of Alabama for the NFL, the torch will likely pass to Mac Jones. After that, the Crimson Tide are loaded with young talent including Braxton Barker, Jayden George, Paul Tyson, Stone Hollenbach and Taulia Tagovailoa, all of whom are either redshirt freshman or true freshman in 2019.
The addition of Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, who is the highest-rated quarterback prospect since, well, Tua Tagovailoa, only adds to Alabama’s already-stacked 2020 recruiting class next year.