Star recruits, X factors for NHSI teams

BETHESDA, Md. -- This is the fifth year of the National High School Invitational, and No. 1 seed Findlay Prep is in pursuit of its fourth title at the event. Montrose Christian, which will open the tourney against Findlay Prep, is the only other team to win the event, claiming the title in a double-OT victory in 2011.

The field of teams is the deepest and strongest the event has seen, as all eight teams are ranked in the ESPN 25 power rankings. There will be an abundance of talent going head-to-head as 16 ESPN 100 seniors will be in attendance, with hopes of securing a national championship or locking down a spot in the final top 10.

The tournament tips off Thursday with a quarterfinal quadruple-header on ESPNU and continues with the semifinals on Friday (ESPN2) and championship game on Saturday (ESPN). Full schedule and results here.

To get prepped for the action, let’s take a look at the star recruits and X factors for each of the eight teams.