Cali hoss likes Wulff's o-line history

THE NO. 3-RATED offensive tackle in California is blocking out the sun at 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds. Among his offers, half are from the Pac-10. And it is one Pac-10 school recruiting him the hardest. Plus, there are over 22 minutes of smashmouth, in-the-trenches highlight reel clips available..

Alex Crosthwaite out of San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High is well familiar with Washington State.

"I like them. They have really good academics and the recruiter in my area, coach (Travis) Niekamp, I've talked to him the most. He's a real down to earth guy," said Crosthwaite.

The fact that Paul Wulff was a four year starting offensive linemen during his playing days at Washington State is also not lost on him.

"I also like how the head coach played o-line. He comes to it from an o-line side so I think he'll always have some tips and the o-line will be a (focus) for them. I like that," said Crosthwaite.

Crosthwaite has the past week been trying to touch base with Cougars' offensive line coach Harold Etheridge but with assistants out on the road recruiting this past month, and the fact coaches are allowed to place only one phone call during the spring to prospects, (recruits can place unlimited calls to coaches year-round), he said they haven't been able to connect of late.

"I called him and left him a message last week, I've got to call him again...I like an o-line coach that gets after it. If I mess up, I want him to scream at me because that gets me pumped up, it makes me want to prove to him that I can do it," said Crosthwaite.

IN ADDITION to Washington State, Crosthwaite has been offered by Cal, Arizona State, Arizona, Minnesota, Wake Forest, Colorado and San Diego State. Oregon, UCLA and USC are all lurking.

"I haven't looked at the little stuff but my main things are academics and good o-line coach and a good head coach," said Crosthwaite.

He has two camps penciled in for this month, at USC and UCLA, with others yet to be decided.

"I'm planning on a bunch of more camps and some more unofficial visits but I've only (solidified) those two so far. I think I'll go (travel) pretty far," said Crosthwaite.

Stanford and Oregon might get camp trips or unofficials, said Crosthwaite, because two of his former CCH teammates, Tyler Gaffney and Everett Benyard, respectively, were 2009 signees for the Cardinal and Ducks.

AS A JUNIOR, Crosthwaite was one of the driving forces behind Central Catholic's CIF State D-II Championship (15-0) and he helped Gaffney earn prep Player of the Year honors.

Crosthwaite earned a number of postseason honors himself, including first team junior (underclassmen) All-State, first team all-city council and all-league, and second team all-CIF selections.

Strength numbers include a 285-pound power clean, a 450 pound squat and a 335 pound bench press.

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