Things picking up for Capital lineman

Several prospects have flown under the radar in the state of Washington during the initial part of the 2005-2006 recruiting season. Capital (Olympia) OL/DT Alex Linnenkohl has been one of those players, but that is starting to change.

"It's been picking up a little bit," Linnenkohl told in regards to recruiting after watching him work out at a Barton Football Academy line camp this past weekend. "Originally, I was just hearing from the northwest schools…Washington, Washington State, Oregon Oregon State; but now Michigan State, Cal, Duke, Wake Forest, Utah and Florida State have started to send me stuff."

Linnenkohl has ties to the southeast region, as his older brother Brett is heading into his sophomore season with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team. Alex has decided to take a trip to Tobacco Road in June and check out Wake's facilities and meet the coaching staff.

"I'm going to end up going to their top prospects camp on June 12th," Linnenkohl stated. "It's only like 10 guys that are invited so it should be cool."

But the Wake Forest trip is just the tip of the iceberg for the big man from Olympia. "Our team is going to the Oregon State camp; I have the ( combine in Los Angeles on the 14th and I'm going to the Stanford NIKE camp too.

"I'm also planning on attending the U-Dub (Washington) camp with about three or four of my teammates and also the WSU and Idaho camps.

"I haven't been contacted by any coaches yet, but they just started calling so I'm expecting some," Linnenkohl said matter-of-factly. "(Washington defensive line coach) Randy Hart has been recruiting me and they are talking more about the defensive side of the ball, but most teams are looking at me as a guard or center."

When asked a preference which side of the ball he plays on, Linnenkohl said it didn't matter. "I like both equally," he said.

Linnenkohl claims to be carrying, "somewhere between 290 and 300 pounds, depending on which scale you look at and what time of day it is," he said with a chuckle.

"The last time I ran the 40 was about five pounds ago and that was a 5.02," he said while rubbing his surprisingly trim stomach. He also boasts 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

Expect to see Linnenkohl move up the ranks soon and start to rake in the offers after hitting the combine and camp circuit this summer.

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