Seeing crimson: Two grayshirts en route

A PAIR OF grayshirts from the 2008 recruiting class, offensive linemen Tim Hodgdon and Alex Reitnouer, remain firmly in the crimson orbit. They will enroll at Washington State next month and begin the winter conditioning program that leads into spring ball. Hodgdon spent much of this past fall in the weight room, while Reitnouer was forced down a slightly different path.

Both Hodgdon and Reitnouer tell CF.C they'll arrive at WSU in time to move in and get settled before classes begin Jan. 11.

Hodgdon has been working out diligently all fall and checks in at 6-3 1/2, 305 pounds. He was listed at 287 pounds last year coming out of Tesoro High in Las Flores, Calif.

Hodgdon said his most recent strength numbers include a 575-pound squat, a 430-pound bench press and a 315-pound clean.

"They said they're not sure if they're going to redshirt me this year -- I would like to redshirt and get an extra year -- but they're saying for me to come up and compete and see what happens, so I'm really just waiting to get on campus and then let's (compete) and see," said Hodgdon.

Tim said his brother, Tanner Hodgdon, who has drawn recruiting interest this cycle from WSU and others, will likely go the junior college route out of high school and get his AA degree before transferring to a four-year school.

MEANWHILE, IN PASADENA, Reitnouer wasn't able to add much weight to his 6-5, 235-pound frame this offseason. In fact, he said he weighs "exactly the same" as he did his final season in high school. The reason? He injured his back a few months ago and had recent surgery.

He said, however, he expects to be fully healed up by the time he arrives at WSU.

"I've been rehabbing for the past month or so -- it's going to be fine, it's nothing that's going to stop me from playing," said Reitnouer. "It's just a little setback. I'm going to come back stronger than I was before."

"There's not exactly a set time but by January, I think I'll be fine."

Reitnouer comes out of La Canada, the same high school that produced Cougar hoss Andrew Roxas. He was named first team All-CIF his senior year, the only such selection from the Pasadena area in '07. He also earned the Mission League's Most Valuable Lineman Award, was named first-team all-league and captured all-area honors.

Reitnouer would seem a likely candidate to redshirt, as the Cougs get him into their strength and conditioning program this coming year and pack some beef onto his frame. He also fits nicely into what Paul Wulff has said he looks for in an offensive lineman -- athletic guys with great feet who have room to fill out.

"They (WSU coaches) said they liked my quickness," said Reitnouer back in January. "They're looking at building me up, getting me a little bit bigger, having me play tackle and still be athletic."

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