Pope John Pre-Season Ranking: 12th in the State.
Noah Brown, Ryan Izzo, and Sonny Abramson ranked 2nd & 3rd in their positions.
NJ.com's Team Rankings:
12-Pope John (7-3)
All-purpose senior Noah Brown leads the way after picking up over 1,600 yards of offense and 24 TDs in 2012. TE Ryan Izzo will be another reliable target for QB Sonny Abramson, who threw for over 2,000 yards and 20 TDs last season.
NJ.com's WR Rankings:
2-Noah Brown, Pope John, 6-2, 210Whether it be taking a handoff or catching the ball, the versatile receiver knows how to make things happen. The versatile, highly touted athlete offers a lethal mixture of speed and power as he rushed for 8.6 yards per carry and 13 TDs and also hauled in 41 passes for 630 yards and four TDs in 2012. The senior is uncommitted and ranked No. 5 in the Ledger 50
NJ.com's TE Rankings:
2-Ryan Izzo, Pope John, 6-5, 215He has over 20 Division 1 scholarship offers, and for good reason. Last season, Izzo caught 26 passes for 437 yards, averaging 16.8 yards per catch, and scored five touchdowns. His numbers are expected to increase with the maturity of sophomore quarterback Sonny Abramson, who passed for more than 2,000 yards in 2012 as a freshman. The senior is No. 16 in the Ledger 50.
NJ.com's QB Rankings:
3-Sonny Abramson, Pope John, 6-2, 205It would be difficult to tell that Abramson was a freshman in 2012. With the help of Noah Brown, one of the state’s best all-purpose players, Abramson picked up 2,109 passing yards, averaging 8.7 yards per completion, and found the end zone 20 times. He will step on the field as a sophomore with two offers already on the table, one from Rutgers and another from South Florida, and is also reportedly receiving attention from Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State, among others.