Heating Up for San Diego OL

Alex Crosthwaite is a 6-5, 305-pound offensive tackle prospect from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic who is starting to get many big programs on him. This weekend he'll take a ride up the 405 to Westwood...

San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic offensive tackle Alex Crosthwaite (6-5, 303) was a big part of Cathedral's 2008 D-II state title, one of the anchors of the offensive line that enabled Stanford-bound Tyler Gaffney to earn California Player of the Year honors.

Playing along with Everett Benyard, who signed with Oregon, Crosthwaite is one of the top offensive line recruits in California in the class of 2010.

Two schools have already stepped up and offered Crosthwaite.

"Arizona was my first offer," said Crosthwaite. "I was pretty excited, I saw it on my way to school, and it was a great relief as soon as I got it. It came out of the blue. That was one of the schools I received the least amount of attention from. Then San Diego State just offered me."

Crosthwaite is also hearing from several other Pac-10 schools, including USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Cal.

"The schools I think that are going to offer next are USC, UCLA and Arizona State," said Crosthwaite. "So far, I'm open to everything. I'm even going to Alabama for a camp. I'm willing to go anywhere to play at the next level."

Crosthwaite said it's too early in the process to name a top five, but he does like the Pac-10. He said: "I went to USC's Junior Day and I liked it a lot. I like Coach (Pete) Carroll and the O-Line coach (Pat Ruel) and he liked my tape. I'm going to UCLA's Junior Day (this Saturday) and then up to Cal. I'm going to camp at USC and Arizona. I was invited to Stanford's Junior Day too. Oregon started watching me my sophomore year, and I got a few letters from them."

Crosthwaite said his plan is to narrow his list down by the fall. "I'd like to take some (unofficial) visits, then my senior year I'll decide where I want to go," said Crosthwaite. "I'll probably take three official visits or so."

At 6-5 and 303 pounds, Crosthwaite said he's hoping to get up to 310-315 by his senior year. "It depends on the coaches where I play, but I prefer tackle," said Crosthwaite.

Crosthwaite was an all-state underclass pick by GoldenStatePreps.com and an all-CIF selection for the 15-0 Cathedral squad.

Academically, he has a 2.9 GPA and took the SAT last month.

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