December 3, 2007

Cougars find a gem in Hodgdon?

Tim Hodgdon was a bit of an under the radar recruit. But don't hold that against the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro. According to his coach, Washington State got a steal.

"Work ethic and toughness are two of Tim's best attributes as a player," explained Tesoro head coach Brian Barnes. "Last year as a junior he wore a walking boot most of the season because he hurt his ankle pretty bad. He could hardly walk all week and then on Friday night he'd tape it up and go play.

"Then this year, he injured his shoulder halfway through the season. He could hardly lift his arm but yet he never took a play off in practice.

"Tim is one of the strongest kids in our program and he has got an unbelievable attitude. So many kids go, 'Oh man, I gotta play offensive line'. But Tim loves being an offensive lineman. He takes a lot of pride in playing the position. He is just an all around great kid. He is one of those kids you just love to be around."

After giving up less than three sacks as a senior, Hodgdon was a first-team all-league selection. The all-county and all-CIF teams for his area have not been announced yet.

What areas would Coach Barnes like to see Hodgdon improve in in preparation for college?

"His feet are pretty good but that is one area he can probably improve in," said Coach Barnes. "I was talking with Coach Yarno at Washington State and he said that his body is going to change a lot when he gets to college. He is still a young kid. I think he just turned 17, he just got his driver's license about two weeks ago. He is just a puppy. I can't wait to see him in two or three years."

Earlier this month, Hodgdon committed to Washington State the same day the Cougars offered.

"He has wanted to go to Washington State for a long time," said Coach Barnes. "We've had a couple of kids from here go there in the past. Coach Yarno and Coach Doba are amazing men and he loved them both. I don't know what is going to happen there but hopefully Coach Yarno will stay on staff up there."

Hodgdon is one of just three known football commitments for the Cougars from the Class of 2008.

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