In no particular order, here’s a look at 25 top lineman for the 2011 season.
1-2. Khahleel Alcide and Giovanni Hyppolite, Brockton — Each 6-foot, 245 pounds, the big men up front hope to give the Boxers their first Super Bowl title since 2005.
3. John Baker, Millis — A Tri-Valley League All-Star on the defensive line.
4. Brendan Battles-Santos, Nauset — A state champion and Globe All-Scholastic wrestler at 215 pounds, he’s headed for UConn next fall.
5. Michael Braunsdork, Seekonk — A South Coast Conference All-Star at defensive end.
6. Christian Cabbrera, Durfee — The Big Three All-Star on the interior line is the only returning all-star lineman in the conference.
7. Justen Galego, Dighton-Rehoboth — A South Coast Conference All-Star at defensive line.
8. Ryan Goulet, Whittier — At 6-8, 290 pounds, it will be easy to keep an eye on the senior.
9. Ralph Jonathas, Everett — A Greater Boston League All-Star at defensive end for the Division 1 Super Bowl champions.
10. Tommy Kennedy, Dennis-Yarmouth — Atlantic Coast League All-Star for the Dolphins.
11. Scott Layton, Malden Catholic — A Catholic Conference All-League defensive lineman last fall.
12. Mark Maradei, Austin Prep — Catholic Central Large All-Star, one of only four juniors who earned all-star honors last fall.
13. James McCormack, Pope John — Catholic Central Small All-Star on offensive line and defensive tackle.
14. Jameson McShea, BC High — A Catholic Conference All-League lineman last fall.
15. Stephen O’Grady, North Andover — Cape Ann All-League team on the offensive line.
16. Peter Salem, Dracut — Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 Lineman of the Year.
17. Dylan Shea, Hull — South Shore League All-Star at offensive line.
18. Darian Sousa-Bizarro, New Bedford — Started on line for the Big Three champions and at 6-1, 255 will be counted on this fall.
19. Chris Whitehouse, Lincoln-Sudbury — The Dual County League Large All-Star was overshadowed by the presence of All-Scholastic Zach Smerlas.
20. Dan Woods, Walpole — Bay State Conference All-Star on defensive line.
21. Anthony Libby, Masconomet — Honorable Mention Cape Ann League All-Star.
22-23. TJ Leeman and Matt Crush, Andover — The pair were each Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 All-Stars.
24. Tyler Loring, Catholic Memorial — The 6-4, 290-pound senior is another reason the Knights may be the team to beat in the Catholic Conference.
25. John Montelius, Everett — Another in a long line of outstanding Crimson lineman and a huge reason (6-4, 295) Everett’s passing attack is so efficient.
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