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Orange County football preview: Ranking the top 10 linemen for 2022

Orange County Register logo Orange County Register 8/3/2022 Dan Albano, The Orange County Register

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Dan Albano ranks the top 10 offensive and defensive linemen in Orange County for the 2022 high school football season:

TOP 10 LINEMEN

1. T.A. Cunningham, Los Alamitos, DE: The 6-foot-6, 265-pound transfer from Georgia takes the top spot as the No. 1-ranked junior defensive lineman in the nation, according to 247Sports. Beware of him coming off the edge.

2. DeAndre Carter, Mater Dei, OT: The 6-foot-5, 335-pound junior will play left tackle and help anchor the Monarchs’ offensive line with his ability to pass protect and run block.

3. Brandon Baker, Mater Dei, OL: The 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior is on the rise with his ability to play guard or tackle, and make multiple blocks on the same play. Look for him at right guard.

4. BJ Tolo, Mater Dei, C: The experienced senior is a contender for first-team All-County honors after earning a spot on second-team last year.

5. Aydin Breland, Mater Dei, DT: The 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior, who recently received an offer from Oklahoma, appears poised for a breakout campaign. He’s big and aggressive.

6. Elishah Jackett, El Modena, OT: The Washington-committed senior, who will play right tackle, is 6-foot-7, 280 pounds and has developed excellent footwork from playing basketball.

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7. Jalani Liva Santa Margarita, OT: The 6-foot-3, 310-pound left tackle and senior brings plenty of experience and physicality to the Eagles’ offensive front.

8. Collins Acheampong, Santa Margarita, DE: The 6-foot-7, 254-pound Michigan commit is the county’s breakout recruit in the Class of 2023. He hasn’t play football since his freshman season at Fairmont Prep, but he could climb the ranks quickly.

9. Justin Tauanuu, Huntington Beach, LT: The 6-foot-6, 270-pound left tackle earned all-league honors last season as a sophomore. He holds offers from Oregon State and Washington State plus several others.

10. Sinn Brennan, Los Alamitos, DE: The arrival of T.A. Cunningham gives the Griffins arguably the best defensive line in the county, and means more one-on-one matchups for Brennan, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior coming off a strong offseason.

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