WSU is offer No. 1 for Cali ATH

ITS SAID THAT the first offer is the hardest one to get. But on Wednesday, that first scholarship came in for Fresno, Calif., junior Charles Williams, with Washington State giving him the news he was waiting for. Williams told WSU likes him on both sides of the ball and that he’s eyeing a visit to the Palouse either for later this summer or sometime this fall.

Checking in at 5-11, 175-pounds, Williams can line up at either running back or defensive back at the next level. This is exactly what members of the WSU coaching staff let his prep coach know before sending a scholarship his way on Wednesday.

“I got that offer from Washington State on Wednesday afternoon,” Williams told CF.C. “My coach called me into his office and let me know the news. I was very excited to hear about it.

“Basically, I kind of realized what happened and exhaled. I tried holding my emotions in, but like I said, I was pretty excited about it. From what I hear its always the hardest to get that first offer, but now recruiting gets easier from here on out.”

AS A JUNIOR for Bullard High this season, Williams (pictured above) was named the Metro Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Known as a standout running back, Williams said schools are showing him interest on the other side of the ball as well.

“With WSU, they offered me as an athlete,” he said. “They like me at either running back or defensive back. I’d probably like to play offense in college, but I like both. I’m going to check my schedule and see when a good time to visit would be. Maybe later this summer or in the fall. I just have to check my schedule because I'm busy with school.

“The thing about my game is that I’m all about effort. I play every down like it’s my last because you never know what can happen. I just give it my all out there and I’m really all heart.”

Shortly after receiving his offer from the Cougars, Williams added an offer from Idaho. Williams added that Fresno State, Boise State, Arizona and UNLV are also showing him interest.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting nuggets for you:

• On Thursday, Concord, Calif., athlete Antoine Custer hauled in an offer from the Cougs. The 5-8, 165-pounder also holds an offer from Wyoming. He is rated three stars by

• For the class of 2017, WSU also sent out an offer to four-star cornerback Elijah Molden. Molden, out of West Linn, Ore., also holds offers from Oregon, Stanford and Washington.

• WSU quarterback commit Ian Book, who verbaled to the Cougs last month, hauled in an offer from Yale earlier this week. • According to Sout’s Jason Jewell, WSU is standing out early on for three-star wide receiver John Okwoli. The Phoenix, Ariz., product holds offers from WSU, Nevada, Utah State, UNLV and a few others. He checks in at 6-2, 190-pounds.

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