One time signee tripping to Pullman

WITH THE OFFICIAL VISIT season beginning to heat up, the Washington State clash with Stanford will be the backdrop when receiver Charles Dillon, who signed with the Cougars in 2004 before heading the JC route, returns to Pullman this weekend. The Ventura College playmaker will take the weekend off from torching opposing defenses in order to reacquaint himself with the virtues of the Palouse.

Dillon (6-0, 190) says Washington State is his leader and he won't have many questions on his trip this weekend, having already gone through the recruiting process.

He's stayed in close contact with assistant coach Mike Walker these past two years.

"Coach Walker, the d-line coach, he's a real cool guy," said Dillon. "He calls every chance he gets. And I've (regularly) talked to all the coaches there."

The main competition for Dillon looks to be coming from Oregon State.

"Oregon State wants me to come up on a visit and they're setting it up," said Dillon. "I don't know when it would be."

With Ventura playing on Saturdays, the only in-season weekend available is during this bye week so a visit to Corvallis wouldn't come until mid to late November at the earliest.

The main criteria for Dillon at the next level is the chance to earn playing time. If the junior college performance over the course of his career is any indication, that would seem to be a lock.

OPPONENTS HAVE BEGUN double teaming Dillon, who's put on 15 pounds since his prep days. He continues. however, to vex defensive coordinators to the tune of over 18 yards a catch this season.

Through four games in 2005, he's nearly matched some of his impressive receiving stats of last season. To date, has 30 catches for 543 yards with seven touchdowns. He's also carried the ball seven times for 138 yards.

"I'm doing good -- team-wise we're not doing quite as good but we won our last game," said Dillon of the 2-3 Pirates. "We have a bye this week so hopefully that confidence will (carry) into next week and give us a little momentum."

In 2004, Dillon caught 56 passes for 541 yards and eight touchdowns. Having played his first year at Ventura, Dillon will have three to play two at the next level.

Dillon is also an exceptional basketball player, averaging 15.2 points per game at Ventura while leading the Western State Conference in steals his freshman season. He said he may try his hand at both at the next level but that football was the main priority and understood it might be difficult to play both given the year-round demands of football.

Dillon is a tremendous athlete with 4.5 speed, considered one of the top CBs in the West entering his senior season out of Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., but wound up earning first-team league honors at wideout, scoring 10 touchdowns and racking up more than 700 yards receiving.

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