Offensive linemen to watch this fall in Southland football

The Southland high school football season begins August 17-19 with hundreds of games across Southland. Here’s a look at the offensive linemen to keep an eye on this fall.

Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year: Comment

David Abajian, Chaminade, 6-5, 280, Sr.: Oregon State’s commitment has improved.

Brandon Baker, Mater Dei, 6-5, 295, Sr.: If Georgia and Ohio State are recruiting you, you’re good.

Eugene Brooks, Sierra Canyon, 6-5, 325, Sr.: Oklahoma’s effort was the best in the Mission League.

DeAndre Carter, Mater Dei, 6-4, 340, Sr.: Let’s see who gets past him this season.

Manoah Faupusa, Los Alamitos, 6-2, 310, Sun: Was great as a freshman.

Paki Finau, Oak Hills, 6-4, 260, Sr.: Has agility, strength, toughness.

Brent Helton, Corona Centennial, 6-5, 300, Sr.: Iowa State Commit is a physical, multifaceted blocker.

Wade Helton, Corona Centennial, 6-5, 285, Sr.: Iowa State commits a portion of the Twin Towers of Blocker.

Mark Schroller, Mission Viejo, 6-6, 290, Sr.: The UCLA commit just keeps getting better.

Justin Tauanuu, Huntington Beach, 6-6, 285, Sr.: Stanford committed.

Rising prospects

King Large, St. John Bosco, 6-3, 295, Sr.: Must get through.

Phillip Ocon, St. Francis, 6-4, 320, Sr.: The State of Colorado’s four-year commitment is outstanding.

Shaun Torgeson, St. Bonaventure, 6-5, 285, Sr.: A big summer set him up for a big season.

Jezniah Thurston, Citrus Valley, 6-4, 275, Sr.: Worked hard to improve strength in the offseason.

Sam Utu, Orange Lutheran, 6-5, 310, Sun: Ready for Trinity League breakout season.

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