Cal Sweeps Crosthwaite Off His Feet

In an era of collegiate football recruiting when verbal commits are becoming less and less, well, committed, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic offensive lineman Alex Crosthwaite is about as much of a lock as you can get...

"Coach [Jeff] Tedford and coach [Steve]Marshall told me that a commitment to them means that I'm 100%committed to them," Alex Crosthwaite said. "No more visits, no more camps."

And Crosthwaite is completely fine with those arrangements.

On Friday, the 6-foot-5, 303-pound tackle verbally committed to the Bears, and he says that he plans to take just one official visit this season: to Berkeley.

"Originally, I was even with everybody. I wanted to wait till my senior year and take my official visits," Crosthwaite said. "But Cal just swept me off my feet.

"It's the perfect fit, the balance between academics and athletics. It also has one of the top business schools in the country, and that was something I was really looking for."

As important as Berkeley's academics were to Crosthwaite, having the opportunity to play for an offensive line coach with NFL experience garnered much of his consideration as well.

"I wanted to play for someone that coached in the NFL and had experience," Crosthwaite said. "That's definitely a goal one day. I want to take it to the next level."

If Crosthwaite has NFL aspirations, it seems that he may have truly made the best decision. In addition to Marshall's tenure in the pros, Cal's offensive line legacy has been a strong one in recent years.

With Alex Mack taken 21st overall by the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft, Cal now has nine active offensive linemen in the NFL.

"I was looking for a good o-line tradition, and that's something that (the coaching staff) talked a lot about," Crosthwaite said.

All other pluses aside, Crosthwaite's desire to win may have been most important of all.

As a junior in 2008, his Cathedral Catholic squad went 15-0 en route to a CIF D-II State Championship game appearance, and Crosthwaite wants to continue to roll.

"Coach Tedford has taken this team to a lot of bowl games since he's been here, and he's established a winning program," Crosthwaite said. "At this point, Cal is second to none."

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