Hueneme Duo

There are two standout prospects at Oxnard Hueneme High, <b>Charles Dillon</b> and <b>Josh Pinkard</b>, who are both getting solid recruiting attention, including Pac-10 offers. Both have some considerable ties to UCLA...

Charles Dillon (6-0, 175) and Josh Pinkard (6-1, 180), both of Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme, are two of of four Division 1 candidates in the Hueneme secondary, which could be one of the best on the west coast.

Playing for Coach Marcus Turner (a former UCLA teammate of Karl Dorrell), Dillon is a two-way standout for Hueneme, playing both wide receiver and cornerback, and a workout partner of current Bruin running back Tyler Ebell. "I work out with Tyler and he always tells me how much he likes UCLA," Dillon said. "Plus Coach Turner played there, but he isn't pushing me to go there yet."

Dillon has an offer from Washington State, but is also hearing from UCLA and USC. The Bruins were his childhood favorite, and Coach Weber is currently recruiting him.

While he projects to be a cornerback in college, Dillon prefers to be on the offensive side of the ball. "I want to play receiver, be a playmaker. I want to get into the end zone."

Pinkard is another lifelong Bruin fan, who has offers from Washington State and USC. He also is being recruited by Coach Weber. In a recent passing league game with Long Beach Poly, Pinkard had three picks and scored a pair of TDs for Hueneme. "I like playing receiver, but I know that safety is where I will probably play in college. I am enjoying the secondary we have right now," said Pinkard.

Teaming with Dechone Innis and Alex Morfin, Dillon and Pinkard make up the quartet that is getting a great deal of attention from college scouts. In addition, another top prospect from the class of 2004, Jerome Boyd of Dorsey, played with the four of them his first two years in high school before moving. "We were real good when we were freshman (10-0) and we always talked about how our senior year would have gone. But Jerome moved and he is doing real well. But I still think we are going to be pretty good."

In addition to Coach Turner, former Bruin Lawrence Burkley is also coaching at Hueneme and he also happens to be a former teammate of Coach Dorrell. "He talks up UCLA a lot to me," Pinkard said. "I know it's a great school, and Coach Burkley and Coach Turner really liked it there. But I know they are leaving it up to me."

In addition to Washington State, UCLA and USC, Pinkard is hearing from Hawaii, Colorado, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

He has a 3.1 GPA and will take his SAT in the fall.

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