OSU setting up visit for JUCO receiver..again

BACK IN THE fall of 2003, Oregon State scheduled an official visit with Charles Dillon, a gamebreaking wide receiver out of Oxnard, Calif., but the trip never took place. Two years later, the Beavers are again talking to the former Hueneme High star, and are in the process of setting up a date for him to come out to Corvallis.

Dillon (6-0, 190) was set to trip to Oregon State in early January 2004 but both sides appeared to lose interest. Dillon verballed to Washington State with OSU turning their attention to JC transfers Kevin Swanigan and Marcel Love.

After signing with WSU, Dillon enrolled at Ventura after failing to achieve a qualifying score on the SAT. On track to receive his AA degree in the spring, Dillon says Washington State leads with the main competition coming from OSU.

"Oregon State wants me to come up on a visit and they're setting it up," said Dillon. "I don't know when it would be."

With Ventura playing on Saturdays, the only in-season weekend available is during Ventura's bye week -- this weekend. Dillon will be in Pullman on an official trip this weekend so a visit to Corvallis wouldn't come until mid to late November at the earliest.

The main criteria for Dillon at the next level is the chance to earn playing time. If the junior college performance over the course of his career is any indication, that would seem to be a lock.

OPPONENTS HAVE BEGUN double teaming Dillon, who's added 15 pounds since his prep days. He continues, however, to vex defensive coordinators to the tune of over 18 yards a catch this season.

Through four games in 2005, he's nearly matched some of his impressive receiving stats of last season. To date, has 30 catches for 543 yards with seven touchdowns. He's also carried the ball seven times for 138 yards.

"I'm doing good -- team-wise we're not doing quite as good but we won our last game," said Dillon of the 2-3 Pirates. "We have a bye this week so hopefully that confidence will (carry) into next week and give us a little momentum."

In 2004, Dillon caught 56 passes for 541 yards and eight touchdowns. Having played his first year at Ventura, Dillon will have three to play two at the next level.

Dillon is also an exceptional basketball player, averaging 15.2 points per game at Ventura while leading the Western State Conference in steals his freshman season. He said he may try his hand at both at the next level but that football was the main priority and understood it might be difficult to play both given the year-round demands of football.

Dillon is a tremendous athlete with 4.5 speed, considered one of the top CBs in the West entering his senior season out of Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., but wound up earning first-team league honors at wideout, scoring 10 touchdowns and racking up more than 700 yards receiving.

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