Deacs Looking West For Lineman

It's not often that Wake Forest recruits a prospect from the state of Washington. When a quality prospect has a legit interest in the Deacs and that prospect also has a connection to Wake, the coaches will recruit the prospect, however. That's the case with Alex Linnenkohl, an offensive and defensive line prospect out of Olympia, Washington.

While Wake Forest hardly ever leaves the east coast to recruit prospects, 6'2, 290-pound lineman Alex Linnenkohl is a special case. Last year, Wake Forest stretched its recruiting boundary out to Nebraska to pick up Boomer Peterson and this year, there is a chance that the Deacs could reel in Washington state native Alex Linnenkohl.

Linnenkohl is the brother of current Demon Deacon student-athlete Brett Linnenkohl, a member of the Demon Deacon baseball team. Due to his brother's connection to Wake, Alex Linnenkohl has been to Winston-Salem several times. "We've been over there twice now," he said. "We went there on a visit with Coach Lobo and the junior day thing. I performed really well. Good shuttle, normal 40, and the best bench. They don't have many offensive line spots so I worked out with defensive line also. I'm not sure if that's an up or down with them, but they said I'm on the radar and they're watching and want to see some senior film."

Along with Wake Forest, Linnenkohl has also been to several schools on the west coast. With his camp tour over, Linnenkohl is now preparing to earn offers during his senior season. "I don't have any offers yet so it's kind of after the whole evaluation period it's kind of just low, normal letters and stuff like that," he said. "We've got good contacts with Coach Lobo at Wake and the offensive line coach. Now I'm just going to work hard my senior year and hopefully have good film to send to coaches."

Along with Wake Forest, Linnenkohl is receiving interest from a handful of schools from the west coast. "I hear the most from Oregon and Washington and Oregon State along with Washington State and Michigan State," he said. "I'm really interested in all those schools. Indiana, Utah, Idaho, those are some more."

While Linnenkohl is focused on his senior season, he also has several decisions to make once the offers begin to come in for the lineman. Those decisions include whether he would like to stay close to home and which position he would like to play at the next level.

"I haven't put too much thought into it," Linnenkohl said in regards to whether he would like to stay in the west. "It doesn't make too much of a difference at the end of the process. It's not a big deal for me. A six hour car ride is the same as a six hour plane ride for me."

As for which side of the ball he will play on, Linnenkohl has not decided which position he would prefer, but hopes to help out any way possible at the college level. "I love both [offensive and defensive line,"] said the 6'2, 290-pound prospect who plays those positions and also played linebacker this past season, "and I think the hardest is giving one of them up. We'll see. It's kind of wherever the coach wants me and where I could get on the field the best. I could do two years on one side and move to the other if they needed me to. Anyway I can help out I want to help out. I try to be as versatile as possible."

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