Southland defensive linemen to watch

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.

Others

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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