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Southland defensive linemen to watch

Long Beach Poly's Jason Fao, Mission Viejo's Michael Mathewes and Gardena Serra's Rasheem Green are among those who can be expected to perform strongly.

August 22, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer
  • Ainuu Taua of Lompoc at 6-foot, 284 pounds is one of the Southland's top defensive linemen to watch.
Ainuu Taua of Lompoc at 6-foot, 284 pounds is one of the Southland's… (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles…)

Curtis Bolton; Vista Murrieta; 6-3, 220; Sr.; Defensive end with quickness.

Joe Brown; Paramount; 6-5, 340; Sr.; Defensive MVP in San Gabriel Valley League.

Malik Dorton; St. John Bosco; 6-3, 235; Sr.; Lots of strength, quickness.

Jason Fao; Long Beach Poly; 6-1, 280; Sr. Let's see who can block him.

Jase Franke; St. Bonaventure; 6-4, 260; Sr.; Colorado commit is powerful tackler.

Greg Gaines; La Habra; 6-1, 275; Sr.; Boise State commit is powerful in middle.

Rasheem Green; Gardena Serra; 6-5, 270; Jr.; Will be national recruit in 2015

Keisean Lucier-South; Orange Lutheran; 6-5, 210; Jr.; Has lots of athleticism.

Michael Mathewes; Mission Viejo; 6-5, 245; Sr.; Defensive end who's tough to block.

Tyler Puccio; Moorpark; 6-2, 270; Sr.; Defensive MVP in Marmonte League.

Ainuu Taua; Lompoc; 6-0, 284; Sr.; Physical and tough.


Charles Akanno; Morningside; 6-1, 245; Soph.; Highly regarded by his coach.

Jameel Baker; L.A. University; 6-3, 230; Sr.; One of best in City Section.

Daniel Bailey; JSerra; 6-2, 210; Jr.; Has lots of ability.

Chris Bounds; Chaminade; 6-3, 265; Jr.; Also has skills at tight end.

Tyler Cook; Vista Murrieta; 6-4, 225; Sr.; Headed to a D-I school.

Tyrone Fa'anono; Oaks Christian; 6-2, 240; Sr.; Doesn't get pushed around.

Nahje Flowers; Dorsey; 6-4, 260; Soph.; Ready to be unleashed.

Mike Hayden; Los Alamitos; 6-0, 225; Sr.; Loves to make plays.

Ramsey Hufford; Newport Harbor; 6-4, 309; Sr.; Sunset League defensive MVP.

Matthew Jacques; Crespi; 6-3, 220; Sr.; Committed to Fresno State.

Jaylen Johnson; Corona Centennial; 6-4. 235; Sr.; Has excellent speed.

Sean Krepsz; Riverside King; 6-5, 285; Sr.; Powerful force in the middle.

David Lemoto; L.A. Cathedral; 6-1, 240; Sr.; Canoga Park transfer is a standout.

Samiuela Lauaki; L.A. Cathedral; 6-4, 260; Sr.; Will be factor in Mission League.

Uriah Leiataua; Dominguez; 6-4, 264; Sr.; Defensive end with lots of offers.

Jotavi Leuta-Ulu; Servite; 6-3, 290; Sr.; Toughness is his strength.

Austin Maloata; Corona Centennial; 6-3, 255; Sr.; Committed to USC.

Alex Manu; Birmingham; 6-2, 290; Sr.; Best in West Valley League.

Hunter Mattox; Westlake; 6-4, 235; Jr.; Terrific athlete with quickness.

Taylor Prenevost; Santa Margarita; 6-5, 232; Sr.; Had 4.5 sacks.

Vaimoe Sekona; Crespi; 6-4, 290; Jr.; Showed potential as a sophomore.

Olajuwon Tucker; Gardena Serra; 6-4, 225; Sr.; Had five sacks

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner; St. John Bosco; 5-11, 240; Sr.; A relentless defensive player.

Shalom Tupua; Carson; 6-3, 265; Sr.; Has lots of agility, toughness.

Sione Takitaki; Heritage; 6-3, 240; Sr.; Committed to Brigham Young.

Kevin Uebelhardt; Moorpark; 6-3, 250; Sr.; Tough in the middle.

Chris Unga; Rancho Cucamonga; 6-0, 265; Sr.; Keeps improving.

Louis Vecchio; Villa Park; 6-4, 240; Sr.; Has size to be impact player.

Joseph Wicker; Long Beach Poly; 6-3, 270; Jr.; Could be a top prospect in 2015.

Henry Wilks; Dorsey; 6-5, 260; Jr.; Should be solid City Section player.

Charles Wright; Beckman; 6-4, 220; Sr.; Defensive end committed to San Jose State.

— Compiled by Eric Sondheimer

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