Daily News’ top football players by position: Linemen – Daily News

The Daily News is listing the best high school football players by position as part of its football preview coverage leading up to Week 0.


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DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

1. Jay Toia, Grace Brethren, Jr.

Toia is a USC commit who demands double teams due to his size and strength. He’s just 6-foot-1, but weighs in over 300 pounds. He is listed as a four-star recruit on multiple recruiting websites. Toia will be pivotal in Grace Brethren’s run-stop defense, especially with linebacker Josh Henderson playing behind him.

2. Victory Vaka, Westlake, Jr.

Vaka is 6-foot-3, 315 pounds and could emerge as one of the best prospects at his position on the West Coast, if not the country. He has offers from multiple Pac-12 schools, along with LSU and Michigan.

3. LeShaun Bell, Calabasas, Sr.

Bell has tremendous upside as he heads into his senior season as a 16-year old. Bell’s offers continue to pile up, including UNLV, Nevada, Oregon State, Fresno State and Hawaii. The combination of strength, speed and quickness make Bell one of the best edge rushers in all of SoCal.

Other notable defensive linemen (alphabetical):

Adrien Aguirre, Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, Jr.; Reggie Jones, Sierra Canyon, Sr.; Quintin Lyons, Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, Sr.; JP Reilly, Chaminade, Sr.; Carlos Rivera, Birmingham, So; Fau Taivai, Grace Brethren, Sr.; Soane Toia, Grace Brethren, Sr.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

1. Jonah Monheim, Moorpark, Sr.

Monheim (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is the best offensive lineman in the area and one of the top linemen in the country. He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan and Oklahoma.

2. Ryan Hannoun, Paraclete, Sr.

Hannoun is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and has a trio of NCAA Division I offers. He is listed at 6-4, 280 pounds. Hannoun and teammate Alan Rennie, who is 6-5, 310 pounds, will be difference-makers up front for the Spirits.

3. Michael Wooten, Sierra Canyon, So.

Wooten is a newcomer from Georgia and it’s not difficult to spot him on the field. He stands 6-foot-7, 295 pounds and will be the starting left tackle for the Trailblazers. He’s only a sophomore, but by this time next year, he’ll be hounded by SEC and Pac-12 schools.

Other notable offensive linemen (alphabetical):

Johnathan Arellano, Alemany, Sr.; Victor Benitez, Oaks Christian, Sr.; Eduardo Fuentes, Alemany, Jr.; Jason Gilmore, Sierra Canyon, Jr.; Tristen Lachman, Valencia, Sr.; Omar Mejia, Westlake, Sr.; Brian Oney, Chaminade, Sr.; Isaiah Panapa, Newbury Park, Sr.; Kekoa Pele-Allen, Oaks Christian, Jr.; Alan Rennie, Paraclete, Sr.

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