Linnenkohl pulls trigger

It didn't take too long for Alex Linnenkohl to figure out where home is. After having been to Oregon State's summer camp for the past five years, it's easy to see why Alex might have a soft spot for the college located in Corvallis, Oregon. So when Linnenkohl was offered a scholarship by Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley, the stars had aligned themselves for match between player and school.

"I talked to Coach (Bruce) Read tonight and then Coach Riley and I told them that I was ready to be a Beaver," Linnenkohl told minutes after announcing his verbal commitment to Oregon State. "In my heart I wanted to go to Oregon State and it was just a matter of time. Once they offered I wanted to take a little time, but then I realized there was no reason to take any time or go on any other visits.

"I'm one-hundred percent solid."

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Linnenkohl heard from Washington State and Idaho after he was offered a scholarship by the Beavers, but the dye had been cast. "It wasn't going to matter," he said matter-of-factly. "I'm ready to jump on board and go to games and help them out with recruiting and anything else I can."

When it comes to a position, the Beavers haven't told Linnenkohl - a two way player as well as deep snapper - where they want to start him out. That suits Alex just fine.

"They haven't made up their mind and I don't care, so we'll grow with it together and see what happens," said Linnenkohl.

And with that, the Beavers have their sixth known public commitment.

The book on Linnenkohl: Great feet, deceptively athletic, good speed and cat quick. He played middle linebacker for Capital High last season and this year, at 285 pounds, he lines up at defensive end.

Linnenkohl was simply a force in Capital's opening game victory over O'Dea, obliterating would-be tacklers on offense and sealing the edge on defense. A versatile player who can also long-snap, Linnenkohl is very coachable, hungry and has a passion for the game.

One respected prep coach says he's one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest, having made a significant leap between his junior and senior years. The same coach says he's one of the fastest high school linemen over the first ten yards he's ever seen.

As a junior, Linnenkohl was named to the Tacoma News Tribune's All Area 1st Team, All Conference (Narrows Bay) and Olympian All-Area as an offensive lineman.

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