Cougs get commit No. 19

WITH JUST ONE month left before national letters of intent are signed, Washington State's list of verbal commitments is nearly full, as the Cougars just secured No. 19 in the form of a tremendous Southern California athlete who could play either receiver or cornerback at the college level.

Charles Dillon, a 6-foot, 175-pounder from Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., gave a soft verbal to the Cougars following his official visit in November and this weekend told that his commitment is now solid as gold.

Last summer he was rated one of the 15 top cornerback prospects in the Western states, but he earned first-team All-Pacific View League honors ar wideout abd it looks like the Cougars -- who offered him a scholie back in the spring --- are eyeing him for the offense.

"I like how well I was treated at WSU and they have two receivers leaving so I know I'll be able to play right away. Coach (Mike) Walker keeps in touch with me and he told me they can't wait for me to come.

"I work hard and try to get better every day," says Dillon, who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. "I work a lot more than I used to. I'm real physical and can get up and get to the ball."

He added, "I got letters from all the different coaches saying they were happy I was coming and going to be a 'Coug and that I wouldn't regret it.

"I was supposed to visit Oregon State and ASU but I've stopped hearing from them. Whatever…I'm committed anyway. ASU was supposed to offer me but I never heard from them."

This past season he caught 737 yards worth of passes and scored TDs. A year ago he had more than 600 combined ground and air yards. He holds a 2.7 GPA and is awaiting results on the SAT. Dillon is also a standout in basketball.

The Cougars have 25 scholarship to fill. Dillon's verbal means there's just six left -- and maybe not even six if, as expected, Cheney linebacker Ben Woodard is returns following a two-year Mormom mission.

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