High School Sports

Top high school defensive linemen in the Southland

Defensive linemen to watch

Player;School;Ht;Wt;Cl;Eric Sondheimer's comment

Joe Babros; Mission Viejo; 6-4; 225; Sr.; Should have big year in sacks.

Parker Chase; Corona del Mar; 6-3; 205; Sr.; Had 16 sacks.

Rasheem Green; Gardena Serra; 6-5; 275; Sr.; Plays like a future NFL player.

Trevor Howard; Oaks Christian; 6-3; 225; Sr.; Committed to California.

Terrance Jackson; Santa Monica; 6-2; 227; Sr.; Had 20 sacks.

Malik McMorris; Mater Dei; 6-0; 277; Sr.; Let's see who can stop him.

Christian Rector; Loyola; 6-4; 235; Sr.; Can roam the field if needed.

Rick Wade; Santa Margarita; 6-5; 240; Sr.; Athletic, tall, agile, tough.

Joseph Wicker; Long Beach Poly; 6-4; 265; Sr.; Athletic, mobile, fearless.

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Coming Wednesday: A look at the region's top high school linebackers.


D.J. Bailey; JSerra; 6-2; 225; Sr.; Committed to Yale.

Cayden Burns; Santa Monica; 6-3; 252; Sr.; Big expectations.

Malik Davis; Taft; 6-2; 215; Jr.; Top pass rusher in the making.

Trent Goens; Chino Hills; 6-3; 230; Sr.; Committed to Northwestern.

Eric Golston; St. John Bosco; 6-2; 300; Sr.; If he's healthy, he'll be a standout.

Nahje Flowers; Dorsey; 6-3; 250; Jr.; Should be City Section standout.

Deshawn Fortune; Etiwanda; 6-1; 265; Sr.; Knows how to cause havoc.

John Gonzalez; Torres; 6-0; 185; Sr.; 21 sacks playing end.

Darell Johnson; Dorsey; 5-10; 170; Sr.; Had 20 sacks.

Khalil Jones; Hawkins; 6-1; 275; Jr.; Had 35 tackles, 7 sacks.

Hunter Mattox; Sierra Canyon; 6-4; 255; Sr.; Capable of dominating.

Tevita Mounga; Vista Murrieta; 6-2; 300; Sr.; Had 40 tackles.

Derek Moore; Crenshaw; 6-2; 210; Jr.; Headed for All-City season.

Marcus Moore; Crespi; 6-3; 235; Jr.; Defensive end with potential.

Ricky Powell; Narbonne; 6-2; 250; Sr.; Had 12 sacks.

Olive Sagapolu; Mater Dei; 6-2; 302; Sr.; Big, strong, powerful.

Vaimoe Sekona; Crespi; 6-5; 290; Sr.; Tough person to move out of the way.

Kevin Summers; Alemany; 6-5; 220; Sr.; Basketball player with football skills.

Rasheed Williams; Mater Dei; 6-3; 260; Sr.; Part of an imposing trio on Mater Dei line.

Eric Sondheimer

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