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Rick O'Brien: Denman heads list of top linemen

Posted Monday, October 25, 2010 by Rick O'Brien, Philly.com

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Resuming our position-by-position rankings, this week we rank the top offensive linemen in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Our subjective list, which we turned into a top 15 because of the high number of players involved, is based on, among other things, strength, technique, footwork, smarts, ability to dominate, and potential to excel at the next level.

1. J.J. Denman, Pennsbury, junior, 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, tackle. His muscle and nasty streak have drawn scholarship offers from Boston College, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh.

2. Frank Taylor, Archbishop Wood, junior, 6-4, 275, tackle. Behind this rising Division I-A recruit, who bench-presses 325 pounds and squats 500, the Vikings are averaging 30-plus points per game.

3. Chase Hoyt, West Chester Rustin, senior, 6-4, 260, tackle. A four-year starter, Hoyt has offers from Monmouth, Stony Brook, and Towson. Rutgers and Vanderbilt also are interested.

4. Dave Bowen, Radnor, senior, 6-7, 270, tackle. This late bloomer, toughened by hard-driving line coach Mick Bonner, will join former Red Raider Johnathan Coleman at Boston College.

5. Ryan Geiger, La Salle, senior, 6-0, 265, center. Some college (Division I-A or AA) has to give this two-way brute, also a standout heavyweight wrestler, a look. Interest has been scant thus far.

6. Joe Stolfi, Souderton, senior, 6-1, 230, guard. Like Geiger, Stolfi is a third-year starter, creates havoc on both sides of the ball, and excels on the mat (at 215 pounds).

7. Brendan Walsh, Garnet Valley, senior, 6-2, 240, tackle. Walsh, positioned on the right side, has consistently powered the Jaguars' vaunted triple-option attack.

8. Will Kye, North Penn, senior, 5-11, 245, tackle. With Kye leading the way, tailback Craig Needhammer, scatback Brandon Mercer, and fullback Dom Taggart have flourished.

9. Casey Strus, Cardinal O'Hara, senior, 5-11, 245, tackle. Strus is a big reason the high-powered Lions are 8-0 and averaging 34.6 points.

10. Pat Restrepo, Downingtown East, senior, 6-3, 245, tackle. Continued progression from this stalwart will be key come PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoff time.

11. Dave Jankauskas, Ridley, senior, 6-2, 275, tackle. Jankauskas has shined while protecting quarterback Sean Blundin and opening holes for tailback Shahaid Smith.

12. Nick Quintans, Penncrest, senior, 6-3, 280, guard. The hard-nosed Quintans has drawn interest from Ivy League schools such as Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and Penn.

13. Ryan Katona, Neshaminy, senior, 5-10, 298, tackle. QB Charlie Marterella and company are thrilled to have the hard-working Katona stationed on the right side.

14. Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood, junior, 6-6, 235, center. Yes, another Arcidiacono standout. He should follow brother Mark (St. Joe's Prep, Penn State) into the Division I-A ranks.

15. Jared Carp, Council Rock South, senior, 6-2, 215, center. His efforts have been critical to the Hawks' climb to the top of the Suburban One League National Conference ladder.

Twenty-five others to watch: Connor Bause, Downingtown West, senior, 6-0, 220, center; Chuck Boddy, Germantown Academy, junior, 6-0, 285, center; Cameron Cappo, La Salle, senior, 6-2, 215, guard; Guy Cook, St. Joseph's Prep, senior, 6-1, 200, guard; Nick DiDonato, Neshaminy, senior, 5-9, 268, center; Jahmal Dixon, Coatesville, senior, 6-3, 280, guard; Dave Driscoll, Upper Moreland, senior, 6-2, 240, tackle; Danny Foust, Pottsgrove, senior, 6-0, 250, center; Ted Gramiak, Episcopal Academy, senior, 6-4, 275, tackle; Cornell Harriott, Penn Charter, senior, 6-3, 290, center; Tim Hughes, Central Bucks East, senior, 6-3, 265, center; Colin Kelly, Chestnut Hill Academy, senior, 5-11, 260, guard; Bill Kim, Upper Dublin, senior, 5-11, 215, guard; Chris Knott, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-3, 270, guard; Rodney Linder, West Catholic, senior, 6-0, 275, tackle; Connor Mahoney, Malvern Prep, junior, 6-4, 270, tackle; Sean McFadden, Cardinal O'Hara, senior, 6-1, 220, center; Mike McGlashen, George Washington, senior, 6-1, 230, center; Kyle Moore, Owen J. Roberts, senior, 6-4, 273, tackle; Steve Olenik, Unionville, senior, 6-0, 255, tackle; Mike Paul, Upper Perkiomen, senior, 6-5, 230, tackle; Tyler Ramirez, Monsignor Bonner, junior, 6-0, 298, guard; Kerry Shields, Roman Catholic, senior, 6-1, 235, tackle; Dan Sergeyev, Central Bucks West, junior, 6-2, 230, guard; Christian Whiteside, Marple Newtown, senior, 6-1, 265, tackle.

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