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Football: Offensive linemen are in demand

August 18, 2011 |  8:00 am

Colleges want offensive linemen, and there are a good group in Southern California this season.

Few are better than Max Tuerk of Santa Margarita who's already committed to USC. He's 6 feet 6, weighs 296 pounds and enjoys getting a pancake or two.

Kyle Murphy of San Clemente and Jordan Simmons of Encino Crespi are considered in the same class as Tuerk with big-time college potential.

Travis Averill of Anaheim Servite is committed to Boise State. Mission VIejo has two top college prospects in Colby Cyburt and Austin Maas. Compton Dominguez has a pair of imposing linemen in Lacy Westbrook and Dejon Allen.

A good offensive line can lead to a championship, so beware of Servite, Alemany, Corona Centennial, Chaminade, Arroyo Grande, Mission Viejo and Crespi. All have the potential of putting together top offensive lines.

-- Eric Sondheimer