Pasadena area hoss has official trip to WSU

UPDATED: TRIPPING TO WASHINGTON STATE in January is a 6-5, 235 pounder out of the Pasadena area. Other schools see him on the d-line but the Cougs like him as an offensive lineman. As a senior, he was named his league's Most Valuable Lineman and to the league's first team, and also captured all-area honors. He's also from the same school as a current, up and coming Cougar lineman.

Editor's note: Speaking to the last minute fluctuation of official visit plans, CF.C received an email early Friday morning from Reitnouer that his Wazzu trip has been rescheduled for next weekend.

Alex Reitnouer is out of La Canada's St. Francis High -- the same school where the Cougs found Andrew Roxas who started at center as a true freshman in the win over UCLA this past season. Reitnouer does not yet have a Cougar offer but he does have a plane ticket for Pullman.

"My coach said they talked about how I was explosive, how I was quick off the ball," said Reitnouer.

Reitnouer played offensive tackle and defensive end for St. Francis this past season, earning the Mission League's Most Valuable Lineman Award, first team all-area and first team all-league for his work on offense.

St. Francis doesn't keep track of pancake blocks but Reitnouer, humbly, said it would be safe to say that he had his share this season.

WASHINGTON STATE's Steve Broussard is recruiting Reitnouer for the Cougars. The WSU assistant coach was at St. Francis on Tuesday for some face time with Reitnouer and his prep coach.

"It would be great to a Pac-10 school. I'd get to play against all the schools that are near my home and the Pac-10 is oh, just kind of a big deal," Reitnouer quipped.

BEFORE THE COUGS recently came into the picture, Reitnouer's primary interest this recruiting year had come from Northern Arizona, Montana State and Idaho State. On his now rescheduled trip to the Palouse for next weekend, Reitnouer said he's just looking forward to taking it all in.

"I just want to meet the players, see how they like the school and the program," he said. "Washington State has a new coaching staff so it might be different and the players might not know what to expect but I just want to see what they think and see what the atmosphere is like.

"And then obviously the academics part is really huge."

Reitnouer said he's considering a Sports Management major in college.

"And then I want to see how the coaches are... (ideally, in a line coach) you want a guy who is going to push you and get in your face, who will be mean and all that, honestly. But then you want to have a good relationship with the guy, too, on the field and off the field," said Reitnouer.

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Reitnouer's updated schedule calls for official trips to WSU, Montana State and Northern Arizona. He has already taken his official visit to Idaho State.

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