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Defensive linemen to watch this season

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  September 2, 2012 04:09 PM

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Here's a look at the top defensive linemen in the city of Boston to keep your eyes on this season:

- Latin Academy senior Brendan Hariette is moving over to the defensive line this season as an end after playing on the offensive line last year. He’s very fast and very strong with quick feet, according to coach Rocco Zizza. Zizza added that he worked very hard this summer.

- Boston English senior defensive lineman Colin Thomson is 5-10, 260 pounds. As captain last year, he was a smart player and great on defense, said English coach Chris Boswell.

- South Boston senior Derron Stone, a defensive end and tight end, is 6-2, 315 pounds. He’s also a basketball player which coach Sean Guthrie believes helps him as a football player. “He’s a really good pass rusher, and a good target. He can get up on the ball like he does on the basketball court.”

- Nick Davis was injured last season but you can expect a big comeback from the Latin Academy sophomore. He’s skilled at playing both sides of the ball, coach Rocco Zizza said.

- Boston English senior Jordan Carter is 5-10 and 200 pounds. He’s in his third year and a captain for the Bulldogs, having played on both sides of the ball while showing good leadership, coach Chris Boswell said.

- Brighton senior TE/DE Prince Unaegbu is a three-year starter and a Division 1 prospect. The 6-5, 225-pound team captain is an anchor for the Bengals. He is coming back from a wrist injury last season and has been in the gym all the summer looking to make up for lost time, said coach Randolph Abraham.

- Brighton sophomore right guard Patroy Thompson is a massive 6-2, 315 pounds and is looking to make an impact on the offensive and defensive lines.

Mary Pavlu can be reached at mary.pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu.

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