California 2010 Preseason Rankings: OLs

Giovanni Di Poalo, Chris Ward and Erik Kohler head the California Preseason Offensive Line rankings for 2010...

It's a deeper year for offensive linemen in the West, and there is some serious talent at the top, like Di Poalo, Kohler and Ward. 

Offensive Tackles

1. Erik Kohler, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Washington
Will spend another year protecting the blindside of Nick Montana, like he'll do in college.

2. Alex Crosthwaite, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic- California
Key part of Cathedral's D-II state championship runner.

3. Matthew Jakubiec, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite- Arizona
Mammoth offensive lineman who can move well for his big (6-8) size.

4. Ben Gottschalk, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
The top lineman of what may be the best offensive line in Southern California

5. Michael Criste, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Mission Viejo  
An anchor of the Diablos offensive line

The Next 6:
6. Ben Loth, Encino (Calif.) Crespi  
7. Zack Dilley, Menifee (Calif.) Paloma Valley  
8. Tyler Sulka, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame  
9. Emmanuel Beavers, Wilmington (Calif.) Banning  
10. Joe Frank, Moorpark (Calif.)- Air Force
11. Michael Mitchell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi  

Other Tackles to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Alex Beglinger, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd  
Braden Lyons, Sonoma (Calif.) Sonoma Valley  
Brian Roth, El Toro (Calif.)  
Connor Rains, Shingle Springs (Calif.) Ponderosa  
Derek Stickney, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado  
Eric Alt, Ontario (Calif.) Colony  
Sean McEvilly, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran  
Shane Moniz, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon  
Troy Boyland, Palo Alto (Calif.)  
Ty Sambraillo, Watsonville (Calif.) St. Francis  
Zach Perron, Santa Maria (Calif.) St. Joseph's  

Offensive Guards

1. Chris Ward, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
The top lineman in California has been a standout for the Monarchs going into his third year as a starter.

2. Sil Ajawara, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro
Will play offensive tackle this year but projects to guard in college.

3. Roman Sapolu, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison- Oregon State
The son of former 49ers offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu, the younger one is a tough player.

4. Thomas Molesi, Oceanside (Calif.)- Oregon State
Has been an anchor on the offensive line for a pair of CIF-San Diego Section title teams.

5. Wade Yandall, Carson (Calif.)
The top offensive lineman in the City Section

The Next 10:
6. Colin Tanigawa, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola  
7. Corin Brooks, Riverside (Calif.) Arlington  
8. Avery Poates, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde  
9. Daniel Munyer, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame  
10. Dak Smith, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester- USC
11. Lamar Bratton, Riverside (Calif.) North  

Other Guards to Watch (in alphabetical order):
B.J. Sonboli, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos  
Brandon Mitchell, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft  
Calvin Tonga, Riverside (Calif.) Arlington  
Demetrius Beaver, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester  
Dontrell Onuoha, La Quinta (Calif.)  
Patrick Kim, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala  
Patrick Smith, Newbury Park (Calif.)  

Centers

1. Giovanni Di Poalo, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- USC
A three year starter for a two-time state champion, Di Poalo will play in the middle for the Trojans.

2. Hroniss Grasu, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Oregon
An all-state underclass lineman for the past two years, he's also a gifted defensive end.

3. David Peterson, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
The Inland Empire's top interior offensive lineman.

The Next 5:
4.  Jay Barlow, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix  
5.  Matthew Galas, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic  
6.  Chandler Hubbard, Salinas (Calif.)  
7.  Marques Johnson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester  
8.  Evan Fletcher, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's  


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