For Dargan, and then there were two

WAY BACK ON Sep. 5, the first official visit weekend for WSU, eight prospects tripped to Pullman. Seven of the eight have since verballed to the Cougars and Paul Wulff. The one that has yet make his college decision is national recruit and 4-star prospect Erick Dargan. With offers from most of the Pac-10, he's now narrowed his choices down to a pair of schools. One of them is Washington State.

Dargan, out of Pittsburg, Calif., says he's down to Washington State and Oregon.

"For both, I have good relationships with the coaches. I feel like I can come in and help... I feel like I can be a guy who can come in and contribute early in the Washington State program," said Dargan.

Dargan, who has offers from most of the Pac-10, said he probably won't make his decision until Signing Day.

"Basically, it's just about what's really best for me as a man and as a student-athlete -- just the best opportunity in life," said Dargan.

DARGAN SAID THE decision making process has gotten easier in the sense that he'd now down to two schools, but harder in another sense.

"It's starting to get tougher because I'm getting ready to make a pick that can affect the rest of my life. It really is a lifetime decision. And I don't want to second guess things; 'Did I pick the right school?'" said Dargan.

THE COUGS WERE by for an in-home visit last night, with Jody Sears and Chris Ball doing the honors.

"We just talked about the school, history and what they plan on doing. I get a feeling they're (rising)," said Dargan.

The Cougs use a group recruiting approach under Wulff, with assistant Jody Sears running the point. The Cougars were the first school to offer Dargan.

"Coach Sears is just a sincere guy. He's a good man," said Dargan.

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The Cougs have two verbal commits from Pittsburg High, Dargan's teammates Tracy Clark and Robert Jiles.

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