Editor's note: This is the first in a series on the top players to watch in high school football this season for Boston Public Schools.
Here is a look at the top offensive linemen in the city of Boston to keep your eyes on for the high school football season:
- Burke senior Demetrius Richards won the most improved award by the Boston City League and Boston Scholar Athlete program last season.
- South Boston sophomore Troy Williams is a massive 6-foot-3, 250 pounds. The offensive lineman improved immensely over last season and coach Sean Guthrie expects him to be a key player.
- Dorchester senior Darius Patterson is a strong figure on the team at a massive 6-1, 213 pounds.
- East Boston junior Xavier Wooten is a fantastic run blocker, says Jets coach John Parziale. He’ll help East Boston try and improve on its 7-4 record last year.
- South Boston senior Kingsley Okoye is the biggest player on the team at a powerful 285 pounds while standing 6 feet tall. Coach Sean Guthrie calls him “a strong stopper with good movement on the line.”
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