The Kentucky Enquirer's northern Kentucky football coaches poll has ranked Fort Thomas Highlands first in its 2009 preseason football poll. The Kentucky Enquirer has also listed Tyler Grubbs, Austin Collinsworth and Brandon Roller as northern Kentucky "seniors to watch" this year.
The Louisville Courier-Journal's coaches poll has ranked Highlands first in Kentucky Class 5A heading into the regular season. The Louisville Courier-Journal's Jody Demling has named Brandon Roller and Austin Collinsworth in his list of the 25 best seniors in Kentucky, and Austin Collinsworth has been named the "top college prospect" in Class 5A.
Both BluegrassPreps and BluegrassRivals have ranked Highlands first in their Kentucky Class 5A preseason polls.
In addition, MaxPreps has Highlands ranked 18th nationally in its final 2009 preseason poll. No Kentucky team is ranked higher than Highlands in this national ranking.