It’s a tall task when you consider the hundreds of high school football programs across the country that must be accounted for, especially in comparison to “just” 32 NFL and 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. But if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Ben Glicksman (@BenGlicksman).
As an intern last fall, he was assigned many of the write-ups for SI.com’s High School Player of the Week section. Even after he returned to Northwestern earlier this year for his final semester at Medill School of Journalism, Glicksman continued to contribute to the website and stay abreast of the high school sports scene. After he was hired by SI full-time following his graduation in June, he didn’t miss a beat. Since mid-August he has published detailed power rankings of the country’s top high school football programs—not just listing the top teams but also providing nuggets of information on top recruits, ballyhooed upcoming matchups and more.
So how has Glicksman put his personal touch on this burgeoning sport while conveying the most information and telling the best stories possible? His schedule from Friday night to Monday morning (when the power rankings are published) looks something like this.