August 22, 2012
The Bee lines up a Dirty Dozen prep football linemen lineup

Here is The Bee's Dirty Dozen motley crew of area high school football linemen to line up behind but to steer away from your fridge:


Dedric Allen, Inderkum, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Dominant as a junior with 10 sacks; also plays OL for wing-T masters that seek another D-II title push.

Tyler Bardy, Granite Bay, 6-4, 320, Sr.
Can move mountains, or close, as he's set school bench-press records at 500-plus pounds.

Zach Claiborne DE Oak Ridge 6-0 205 Sr.
Isn't enormous but is quick off the snap; had 11.5 sacks in 2011 and can also play RB/FB.

Daren Echeveria, Antelope Sr.
Reigning Capital Athletic League Lineman of the Year has good feet and is very physical.

Nifae Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, 6-4, 270, Jr.
Never mind the small-school status - big Nifae can play. Lot of offers, including Stanford, which tells you what sort of scholar he is.

A.J. Samataua, Del Campo, 6-2, 300, Sr.
Sparkled in summer drills against top competition; keys Cougars' power run game and stops the run, too.

Sam Smith, Cosumnes Oaks 6-4 290 Sr.
Recruit prospect and weight-room buff mans the lines for a program seeking D-III section title.

Garrett Strohmaier, Jesuit, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Relentless worker and team leader; a scholar with a lot of Ivy League interest.

Misi Taifane, Grant 6-3, 300 Sr.
Goes by "Junior" but there's nothing small or understated about rising recruit; next great Grant lineman.

Nick Terry, Pleasant Grove 6-4 275 Sr.
Next lineman recruit for the Eagles keys veteran line units; physical, driven.

Tanner Woods, Del Oro, 6-2, 240, Jr.
Physical and durable; was a key on Golden Eagles' Sierra Foothill League title team.

Eddie Vanderdoes DL Placer 6-4, 303, Sr.
Goes by "Floor Safe" and is unblockable with speed and power; also plays some FB and TE for Hillmen.
- By Joe Davidson
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Bee photo by José Luis Villegas: Placer's Eddie Vanderdoes says playing football and baseball in college "is something to think about."

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