BREAKING NEWS: California hoss goes crimson

IN THE RECRUITING WARS, it's good to have George Yarno on your side. The WSU o-line coach has a unique ability to identify youngsters who can be molded into certified Pac-10 talent. WSU and Yarno just landed a 6-3 1/2, 287-pound hoss who looks to fit that description. And he brings a little nasty to the table. There's also video of the newest Coug available for CF.C subscribers

Yarno has a number of strongly held philosophies about the offensive line and the game of football -- all of them well-caputured through various of his quips and quotes.

Among them: "Confidence breeds aggression."

In Tim Hodgdon out of Las Flores, Calif., confidence looks to be what compelled Bill Doba and Yarno to offer him a scholarship.

"He (Yarno) said he loves confidence in players and he saw confidence in me," said Hodgdon. "And that I play pretty nasty.

"I have a quick 'get-off' off the ball. And he just told me he was excited to have me come play football with him and to be a Cougar."

Hodgdon says Washington State has been strongly recruiting him since the spring.

"I verbally committed to Washington State as of last Thursday, November 8," said Hodgdon. "They had been calling me every week, the o-line coach. Coach Yarno is a great o-line coach, and (I'm looking forward) to playing with him for the next 4-5 years."

Hodgdon was selected in '07 as a pre-season All-County pick by the Orange County Register and looks to be in line for various honors and accolades this season following Tesoro High's playoff run. Tesoro is undefeated in league play (5-0) and just defeated Mission Viejo for the league championship. As a junior, Hodgdon was All-South Coast League.

Once an offensive lineman learns Yarno's system, the game slows down. But it does take some time to pick it up. That's one of the chief reasons Yarno and Washington State puts a premium on intelligence in recruiting the big hosses up front, and Hodgdon is a star in the classroom. He holds a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1500 on the SAT.

Speaking to his leadership skills, Hodgdon is also a team captain for Tesoro. Strength numbers prior to his senior season included a 460 pound squat and a 340 pound bench press.

Stanford and Oregon were among those who had been making a recruiting push lately, said Hodgdon, and he held offers from the military schools.

"I'm excited to play college football and I'm very glad to be a Cougar," said Hodgdon.

Hodgdon is the Cougars' second verbal commitment in this class -- and the second in less than a week, following on the heels of Spokane receiver Jared Karstetter.

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