While Stanford bound running back Tyler Gaffney from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral was running wild, helping his team to a state championship, there was class of 2010 offensive lineman Alex Crosthwaite (6-5, 298, 5.1) knocking back defenders and opening holes. Colleges are already taken notice.
"I can tell you that USC, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Cal are very excited about Alex," Cathedral coach Sean Doyle said. "They are all talking early offer."
"Alex has great feet for a guy his size and he has the nastiness that is good to see in an offensive lineman," Doyle said. "He has the long arms you like and when locks on an opponent, he's done."
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"Alex is really good," Doyle said. "When colleges see him on film, they are impressed."
"Alex is technically sound at both, run and pass blocking," Doyle said. "He is on par with all the great ones I have coached."
In the weight room, Crosthwaite benches 325, squats 425, power cleans 285, hang cleans 260, and power jerks 245.
As a junior, Crosthwaite earned all-state, first-team all-league and second-team San Diego Section all-CIF.
Besides the schools mentioned by Doyle, colleges such as Alabama, San Diego, Utah, Virginia Tech, Boise State, Northwestern, UC Davis, Oregon, Stanford, Washington State and Notre Dame are also showing recruiting interest in Crosthwaite. He just received a handwritten letter from USC.
It appears that things are going to really heat up for Crosthwaite when spring rolls around.