This is the 10th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank The Mattioli Law Firm for coming aboard as our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 34 teams in the WVC and LFC so it’s impossible to recognize every single player who might be deserving. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2021 for their team. For players who don’t make the list, we hope you strive to make our lists at the end of the season because they are the ones that really count.
Here are the defensive linemen:
Austin Brislin, Sr. – Dunmore
Height: 6-1 Weight 285
Dunmore has produced many great players in the trenches over the years so Brislin is the next guy up. He has great size that makes it tough for blockers to move him. He also uses his athleticism to make plays off the line of scrimmage. Brislin will also play on the offensive line for the Bucks. In 2020, he was a named an LFC Division III first-team defensive lineman.
Charles Crews III, Sr. – Williamsport
Height: 6-2 Weight 260
Crews showed flashes of dominance for the Millionaires over the past two seasons. The coaching staff feels he will be even more consistent with his experience and is a leader on both sides of the ball. Crews is very hard to move off the ball and commands double-teams in between the tackles. Williamsport’s defense was very good last season and should be even better in 2021. Crews also was a force on the offensive side of the ball, helping the Millionaires highly productive running and passing games. He was named a WVC Division 1 first-team offensive lineman and second-team defensive lineman last season.
Nick Elko, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Height: 6-4 Weight 300
Elko emerged as a freshman and you could tell that he would be an impact player. Elko is a beast inside and offensive lineman have very little luck moving him off the line of scrimmage. For his size, Elko is very athletic and his footwork is excellent. On offense, he also is able to distinguish himself with good technique and drive. Elko was the WVC Division 2 Lineman of the Year which recognizes the best overall lineman in the conference. He was also a first-team offensive lineman and an All-District and first-team conference defensive lineman.
R.J. Schirg, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Height: 6-2 Weight 285
Schirg emerged as a freshman and has become one of the best small school lineman in the area. Great size and strength has attracted recruiters and a reputation of a good work ethic has elevated his stock. The Lions will count on him on both sides of the ball. His size and strength make him a dominating player in the LFC. Schirg was named an LFC Division IV first-team defensive and offensive lineman and also All-District 2 on the offensive side of the ball in 2020.
Jake Simoson, Sr. – Lake-Lehman
Height: 6-6 Weight 318
Lake-Lehman is another program that has as history of success stories up front (See Connor McGovern). Simoson is getting plenty of looks from colleges because of his mammoth size and production up front on both sides of the ball. The Black Knights will rely on him to be a leader this season on a team that was hit hard by graduation. But his presence in the trenches will be a key reason Lehman will compete in the WVC. Simoson was a WVC Division 2 first-team defensive lineman and second-team offensive lineman last season.
Nico Bossi, Jr. – Abington Heights
Height: 6-3 Weight 210
With the Comets sitting out the 2020 campaign, there will be plenty of question for the Abington coaching staff. Keep an eye on Bossi who stood out at college camps this past summer and should be a key to the Comets defense. Even though they didn’t play a game last season, many of the Abington players kept working out in anticipation of getting back on the field and Bossi was one of them.
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