Future WSU hoss looking to pack on the bulk

SINCE HE VERBALLED to WSU last month, future Coug OT Andre Dillard has been hard at work to put on the pounds. And he says during his official visit this past weekend, he got plenty of help in that department. Dillard, no stranger to Pullman, offered a rave review of his trip and said seeing the campus and meeting the players has him counting the days until he arrives at Wazzu later this summer.

The 6-5, 245-pound Dillard joked there was one thing that stood out to him about his official visit to Washington State over the weekend.

"Man, we ate a ton of food while we were out there," he said with a laugh. "Every meal was basically all you can eat and they kept putting more in front of us. I'm trying to gain weight actually to play my position, so I actually enjoyed it."

For Dillard, gaining weight is something he'll have to do in order to excel in the Pac-12. The Woodinville product said he's gained a good five pounds of muscle over the past 30 days or so. He knows he has more work to do, though.

"Before I arrive to Pullman, I'm hoping to get around 255-260 pounds," Dillard said. "I'm planning on moving to WSU in June to start taking classes and work out with the team and I think I could add even more size then.

"I didn't talk specifically with the coaches about gaining weight during my visit, but they told me and the other recruits how often the team lifts and the kind of nutrition plans they go on. When we toured the weight room, there were endless supplies of protein bars and muscle milk too."

DILLARD VERBALLED TO the Cougs over Portland State, Idaho and Eastern Washington shortly after his unofficial visit to see WSU take down Utah and become bowl eligible. This weekend was his first time back since then.

"It was just great checking out the campus again and getting to know some of the coaches a little bit better," Dillard said. "In our meetings with them, they gave you a good feel of what is to be expected of you when you're at Washington State.

"I was able to watch some film with some of offensive coaches as well and I got a sense of how I would fit into the system. I could play either guard or tackle at WSU, but most of the stuff we talked about was at tackle, so I think I'll end up there."

IN ADDITION TO his time with the coaches, Dillard, who counts first team all-league and 4A first-team all-state Associated Press among his postseason honors, also enjoyed the family feel he got from his future teammates.

"My host was Isaac Dotson and I was asking him a lot about his first year there and what it was like," Dillard said. "He was great and he showed me around the school and told me how you make a lot of friends over there and everyone is close. He also let me know that football is a lot of hard work, but it will all be worth it.

"Pullman is great. It's a nice little isolated town and I like how everyone is so close there. It's a college town and Issac said it will be some of the best years of my life. I'm really looking forward to getting up there."

As for his commitment level?

"I'm solid with them right now," Dillard said. "I don't plan on decommitting or checking out any other schools. I'm fully committed to the Cougs and I'm not taking any other visits."

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