BREAKING: WSU legacy goes Crimson

IT WAS ONLY a few weeks ago that Woodinville OL Andre Dillard was out on the Palouse for an unofficial visit and offered a scholarship by Washington State. After some time to think it over, the in-state hoss tells CF.C his mind is made up regarding his future. He wants to be a Coug.

Andre Dillard (6-5, 240) will suit up for the Cougs next season.

"I committed last night," Dillard said. "I just really like the coaches and the direction the program is headed."

Dillard chose Washington State over offers from Idaho, Portland State and Eastern Washington. The 6-5, 240-pounder said he informed the coaching staff last night of his decision and they couldn't have been happier to hear the news.

"I called Coach Eric Russell (area recruiter) and the offensive line coach Clay McGuire," Dillard said. "They were really fired up about my decision. They told me the future is bright here at Washington State and they welcomed me to the family."

CHECKING IN AT 6-5, 240-pounds, Dillard admits he's a bit undersized right now for Pac-12 football, but he's ready to hit the weights this summer in hopes of putting on some mass before he arrives to Pullman.

"I want to be at least 260 by the time I get up there," Dillard said. "I'm going to spend a lot of time in the weight room to prepare and make sure I add some size."

Although undersized, there are several reasons why the WSU coaches extended him an offer and why they're excited to have him join the class of 2014.

"They really like my height and my frame," Dillard said. "The coaches like my athleticism and the way I can move. We haven't really figured out where on the line I'll play, but they like my potential.

"The coaches told me we'll get everything sorted out later. They said they could see me playing either guard or tackle. I think I could play both."

HIS DECISION TO go crimson was also exciting news for his father Mitch Dillard, who suited up for the Cougs back in the 80s. Mitch played on the offensive line and at tight end for the Cougs during his playing days.

"My family is all really excited for me...my dad is very excited too," Dillard said. "It's cool for me to be able to go play football where he played."

The newest Coug currently doesn't have an official visit set up to Pullman, but said he will take that trip at some point in January.

Dillard capped off his senior year being named the 2013 KingCo Crest Division Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He becomes the 14th known verbal commit for the class of 2014, joining Peyton Bender, Greg Hoyd, Zaire Andre, Keith Harrington, Calvin Green, Kevin Griffin, Tristan Vizcaino, Joseph Turner, Frank Luvu, Sean Krepsz, Chandler Leniu, Ngalu Tapa and Darren Gardenhire.

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