After rolling out our preseason top 50 California high school football teams, we now turn our attention to highlighting the best players in the state, position by position. Next up: offensive linemen.
From San Mateo Serra’s Drew Azzopardi to St. John Bosco’s Earnest Greene, California is stocked with tremendous run and pass blockers.
The main criteria for SBLive’s Top 30 offensive lineman rankings are film review, discussions with coaches and college interest. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.
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SBLIVE’S TOP 30 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN IN CALIFORNIA
30. Izaiah Souriolle – Chaparral – Junior – 6-foot-3, 285 pounds
Souriolle is a captain for Chaparral. He’s a D1 caliber offensive lineman.
29. Zach Eagle – Chaminade – Senior – 6-foot-7, 300 pounds
Eagle was an All-Mission League selection in 2020. He’s received recruiting interest from San Diego State and UNLV.
28. Jonah Zimmerman – Oceanside – Senior – 6-foot-4, 300 pounds
Zimmerman has received scholarship offers from Army and Air Force.
27. Raymond Pulido – Apple Valley – Junior – 6-foot-7, 330 pounds
Pulido has received scholarship offers from Arizona and Maryland.
26. Jagger Filippone – Torrey Pines – Senior – 6-foot-6, 265 pounds
Fillippone is one of the top offensive linemen in San Diego. He’s received recruiting interest from several Ivy League schools as well as Arizona State.
25. Nate Maier – Rim Of The World – Senior – 6-foot-6, 305 pounds
Maier has received scholarship offers from Columbia and Maryland.
24. Derek Thompson – De La Salle – Junior – 6-foot-2, 265 pounds
Thompson is another one of the more underrated/under the radar linemen on the list. He’s received a lone scholarship offer from Nevada, but is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the Bay Area.
23. Jason Steele – Murrieta Valley – Junior – 6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Steele is the younger brother of teammate Jake Steele, a San Jose State commit. Jason has received scholarship offers from Colorado State and San Jose State.
22. Wallace Ugapo – Jurupa Hills – Junior – 6-foot-3, 278 pounds
Ugapo has received scholarship offers from Maryland, Oregon State and Utah State.
21. Wendell Moe – Long Beach Poly – Senior – 6-foot-3, 330 pounds
Moe is one of the most underrated lineman in California high school football. He plays on both sides of the line for the Jackrabbits.
20. AJ Vaipulu – Corona Centennial – Senior – 6-foot-3, 275 pounds
Vaipulu has been a three year starter for one of the state’s best programs, Corona Centennial. He’s received a scholarship offer from Hawaii.
19. Drew Azzopardi – San Mateo Serra – Senior – 6-foot-5, 317 pounds
Azzopardi plays right guard. He’s received scholarship offers from Nevada and San Diego State.
18. Nathan Elu – San Mateo Serra – Senior – 6-foot-5, 295 pounds
Elu plays left tackle. He’s received five Division 1 scholarship offers. “Nathan has great footwork and he’s a tenacious player,” Serra head coach Patrick Walsh told SBLive.
17. Tyson Molio’o – St. John Bosco – Senior – 6-foot-4, 295 pounds
Molio’o plays tackle for St. John Bosco and has received scholarship offers from Boise State and San Jose State. He’s a key piece of a very talented Braves’ o-line.
16. Sean Na’a – Westlake – Junior – 6-foot-4, 275 pounds
Na’a has received a scholarship offer from Arizona State.
15. Louie Canepa – Vintage – Senior – 6-foot-4, 295 pounds
Canepa is one of the top linemen in the North Coast Section. He’s received scholarship offers from Army, Colorado State and Air Force.
14. Alani Noa – Grant Union – Junior – 6-foot-4, 320 pounds
Noa plays on the interior of the offensive line and has received scholarship offers from Cal and Fresno State.
13. Jonah Rodriguez – Madison – Junior – 6-foot-4, 260 pounds
Rodrigiez is the top offensive lineman in the San Diego Section. He plays tackle and has received four scholarship offers.
12. Simione Pale – Elk Grove – Junior – 6-foot-4, 320 pounds
Pale is one of the top junior linemen on the West Coast. He’s received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal and Oregon, among others. Pale plays on the interior of the offensive line.
11. Kenji Swanson – Sierra Canyon – Senior – 6-foot-8, 310 pounds
Swanson is committed to Stanford. He’s battle injuries throughout his high school career and hasn’t played much.
10. BJ Tolo – Mater Dei – Junior – 6-foot-1, 290 pounds
Tolo is a three year starter on one of the nation’s best offensive lines. This season he’s playing center.
9. DeAndre Carter – Mater Dei – Sophomore – 6-foot-5, 355 pounds
From a recruiting perspective, no player raised their stock more than Carter when Mater Dei beat Duncanville 45-3 in August. He held his own against one of the best defensive lines in the country.
8. Denaris DeRosa – St. Francis Mountain View – Senior – 6-foot-3, 265 pounds
DeRosa is committed to San Jose State. He plays on the interior of the line and helped lead the charge in St. Francis’ upset win over De La Salle earlier this month.
7. Jake Steele – Murrieta Valley – Senior – 6-foot-4, 260 pounds
Steele is committed to San Jose State and plays tackle. He paves the way for one of the top offenses in the state.
6. Maika Matelau – Upland – Senior – 6-foot-4, 320 pounds
Matelau plays tackle and is one of the top uncommitted linemen on the West Coast. He received a scholarship offer from Virginia last week.
5. Uluakinofo Taliauli – St. Francis Mountain View – Senior – 6-foot-3, 260 pounds
Taliauli was a big part of St. Francis’ upset win over De La Salle earlier this month. He plays guard and has received scholarship offers from Colorado, Oregon and San Jose State.
4. Jackson Brown – Sam Ramon Valley – Senior – 6-foot-6, 295 pounds
Brown is committed to Cal. “Let’s go get that state championship this year,” Brown said at his commitment announcement event in front of friends and family.
3. Michael Wooten – Sierra Canyon – Senior – 6-foot-6, 290 pounds
Wooten plays tackle and is committed to Oregon. “Mike is as athletic of a kid as I’ve seen at that size,” Sierra Canyon head coach Jon Ellinghouse said. “He’s an elite level prospect that we’re very excited and fortunate to have on our team.”
2. Sam Yoon – Loyola – Senior – 6-foot-5, 280 pounds
Yoon is committed to UCLA and plays tackle. “Sam is a big, athletic and super smart kid,” Loyola head coach Drew Casani told SBLive. “He has great feet and he’s very strong. He’ll be the anchor on the o-line for us.”
1. Earnest Greene – St. John Bosco – Senior – 6-foot-3, 305 pounds
Greene, who plays guard, is a blue chip prospect, which is rare for a West Coast offensive lineman. He’s received scholarship offers from some of the top schools in the country including Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. Greene made one of the plays of the season so far for St. John Bosco when he chased down and tackled a Miami Central defensive back who had intercepted a pass and was closing in on the end zone.