Squeezing Out Every Offer

Alex Crosthwaite, the 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic, already has 14 scholarship offers, but there are still some offers he wants to reel in before he can start thinking about making a decision...

Alex Crosthwaite, the 6-foot-5, 303-pound three-star offensive tackle from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif., already has 14 scholarship offers but is hoping for more before he narrows down his list.

"I want to see who else offers," Crosthwaite said. "I'm being recruited by a lot of schools that haven't offered yet, but I think they will."

Scout.com's No. 39 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, San Diego State (recruiting the hardest), Duke, Wake Forest, Nebraska, UNLV, California and a couple others.

He plans on attending camps at USC, Oregon and Stanford and hopes those three will offer as well.

"I'm going to the USC lineman camp," Crosthwaite said. "I'm getting recruited by them a lot. They like me and they said that Pete Carroll really wants to see me in person."

But how close are the Trojans to offering? "They seem close," he said. "They said they don't usually offer offensive lineman without seeing them in person at camp."

Crosthwaite has already attended the UCLA camp on June 7. "It's a great place," he said. "I did great at the camp and I think they'll be offering too.

"I really like their offensive line coach (Bob Palcic)," he said. "I also like coach Rick Neuheisel. He's a nice guy and is down-to-earth. It seems like the program is moving in the right direction with him as coach."

Another coach that has made a good impression on Crosthwaite is Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. "He came down to my practice and was really impressed," he said. "He really wants me to come up to their camp.

"I like Oregon from what I've seen and heard," he said.

Crosthwaite's former teammate is ‘09 Ducks offensive lineman signee Everett Benyard. "It would be cool to play with him again in college," he said. "We'll see. Anything can happen."

Although he plans on attending the Stanford camp this summer, Crosthwaite has already visited the Cardinal. "I fell in love with that place," he said. "The academics are the best, but I know I need to get my GPA up if they're gonna offer me. I'd need at least a 3.0."

While Crosthwaite admits that he'd prefer to stay close to home, he's not ruling out anyone yet. "I'd love to make it easy for my family to be able to watch my games," he said. "But I'll play anywhere if I really like it."

One cross-country school that Crosthwaite is seriously considering is Wake Forest. "I've heard it's a really nice school," he said. "They have great academics and I'd like to take an official visit there this fall."

Another school that Crosthwaite is likely to visit officially is Nebraska. "They've got some of the best o-line tradition," he said. "They always send players to the league too."

Crosthwaite says he won't make a commitment until he takes all five official visits. "I want to help my team win back-to-back championships, so I really won't be thinking about recruiting during the season," he said. "It probably won't be until near the end.

"All the schools have something that stands out about them," he said. "Plus, I still want to see who else offers."

So is there a program that Crosthwaite would consider committing to if they suddenly offered? "No," he said. "Even if I had offers from everybody I'd still want to wait.

"I want a school with a good offensive line tradition and where they have a great o-line coach," he said. "I want a coach that is a good guy off the field, but that will scream at me on the field if I mess up. I like an old school coach."

Crosthwaite says he can bench 335-pounds, squat 450 and has a 17-inch vertical jump.

"I have good footwork and I play nasty," he said. "I work hard and play with a lot of heart.

"I want to improve my lower body strength and be more explosive," he said. "I'd like to improve my flexibility and get to the second level quicker."

Crosthwaite plans to major in business administration and reports a 2.8 core GPA and took the SAT in June 6.

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