In no particular order, here are 25 linemen worth checking out this season.
1. Liam Porter, Natick - Sr., 6-6, 295 pounds. Has many colleges interested.
2. Bob Richman, North Attleboro - Sr., 6-2, 250. Hockomock All-Star.
3. Alec May, King Philip - Sr., 6-3, 205. Hockomock Alll-Star.
4. Evan Panzero, Lynnfield - Sr., 6-2, 255. Cape Ann Small All-Star.
5. Chris Mooney, Stoneham - Sr., 6-1, 285. Middlesex first team defensive star.
6. Jeff Covitz, Reading - Sr., 6-1, 235. Middlesex first team defensive star.
7. Clarence Johnson, Weston - Sr., 6-1, 260. Two-time DCL Small All-Star.
8. Dan Koczwara, Marian - Sr., 6-0, 260. Catholic Central D2 All-Star as OL.
9. Chris Unis, Gloucester - Sr., 6-2, 220. NEC North All-Star at DE.
10. Zach Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury - Sr., 6-0, 265. DCL Large All-Star.
11. Ryan Delisle, St. Johnís Prep - Sr., 6-5, 230. Catholic Conference All-Star.
12. Will Guinee, Malden Catholic - Sr., 6-4, 235. Catholic Conference All-Star.
13. Lance Burlingame, New Bedford - Sr., 6-4, 246. Big Three All-Star on OL.
14. William Carruthers, Brockton - Sr., 6-1, 280. One of Big Three's best.
15. Aaron Samano, Malden - Sr., 6-2, 285. Greater Boston All-Star.
16. Connor Clancy, Andover - Sr., 6-0, 220. MVC All-Conference on OL.
17. Andy Kestenbaum, Dartmouth - Sr., 6-4, 300. Eastern Athletic force.
18. John Wallace, Somerville - Sr., 6-4, 260. One of GBL's best.
19. Harry King, Xaverian - Sr., 6-3, 271. Will leads Hawks' rushing game.
20. Harold Irving, Wareham - Sr., 6-4, 250. Vikings have size to content.
21. Conor Fraser, Abington - Sr., 6-1, 270. Supposed to be dominant.
22. Kyle McSweeney, Medway - Sr., 6-2, 250. We've heard nothing but great things.
23. Obum Obukwelu, BC High Sr., 6-2, 265. Just committed to UConn.
25. Shaquille Taylor, Everett - Sr., 5-11, 270. On a number of college scouts radar.
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