December 10, 2007

Does Hodgdon still plan to sign with WSU?

Coaching changes always shake up the recruiting world this time of year.

But it appears that all three of the prospects that had verbally committed to Washington State from the Class of 2008 will stick with their original pledge.

"I am still fully committed to Washington State," stated Tim Hodgdon, who had committed to the Cougars in November. "The athletic director (Jim Sterk) said he is going to honor all the scholarships and commitments. He said they are excited to have me come there next year."

Hodgdon is coming off an impressive junior season in which he was named first-team all-league. He currently stands 6-foot-4, 290-pounds and will likely play offensive guard in college.

"Our team went from a 1-9 season last year to a 7-3 season this year," he said. "We beat Mission Viejo Diablo for the league championship so it was a great way to end [my high school career]."

Hodgdon showed toughness by playing through a shoulder injury this fall.

"My shoulder would dislocate during games, but I would just go to the sideline, pop it back in place, and then I would go back out and play," he said. "I went to rehab after the season and now it is healed and I am back to bench pressing."

Jared Karstetter and Dan Spitz, Washington State's other two commitments this cycle, also stated that they still plan to sign with the Cougars in February.

As a junior and senior at Spokane (Wash.) Ferris High, Karstetter had nearly 2,000 yards receiving and he caught more than 21 touchdowns. He played some cornerback and safety on defense.

Spitz also played both ways in high school, at defensive end and tight end. He recorded 75 tackles, nine for a loss and four quarterback sacks on defense as a senior at Spokane (Wash.) Mead High.

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