CRANK UP THE CD: COUGS RE-LAND FOUR STAR WR

FOUR STAR junior college wide receiver Charles Dillon has cancelled his Arizona visit and let other schools know he's appreciative of their interest but he's made up his mind, verbally committing to Washington State late Tuesday afternoon. He will sign with WSU on Feb. 1. The Ventura College gamebreaker will have three to play two for the Cougs after arriving in Pullman later this summer. And while football is the priority, don't be surprised if Dillon becomes a two sport star for the Cougars.

Dillon (6-1, 190, 4.5) gave his oral pledge to Washington State a couple hours ago, ringing up both WSU and Arizona, his two finalists. The big play receiver also drew interest from Oregon State, Auburn and Southern Cal.

"I called the Arizona coach and told him I'm going to Washington State and there's no point really for me to take a trip," said Dillon. "Just the loyalty factor with Washington State. They've been holding my scholarship for three years and with me going up there and seeing the play, I know what they need and I know how I can help them."

The Cougar football staff has long been enamored with Dillon, who signed with Washington State as a diamond unearthed out of Hueneme High in 2004 before his junior college detour. He's been recruited by Cougar coach Mike Walker going on about three years now.

"Coach Walker, when I called him said, 'Oh, you just made my day! I'm happy to hear from you,'" related Dillon, who went on to mention Walker was then twice as excited to learn why Dillon was calling.

DILLON PLANS ON also playing, at least for the first year, hoops for the Cougs.

Football is the main priority and Dillon -- a standout guard at Ventura -- knows it could prove difficult to play both given the year-round demands. But he's talked to coach Tony Bennett and WSU is certainly interested in having him don the crimson and gray on both gridiron and hardcourt.

"I'm going to play both my first year," said Dillon. "I talked to (Bennett) the other day, we had a nice little talk. He seemed honest, straight forward."

Through five games this season, Dillon is lighting up the scoreboard, averaging over 20 points for Ventura.

ON THE GRIDIRON, in 2005, Dillon crafted a 1,000 yard season despite ever-increasing double and triple teams. He finished with 69 catches for 1,004 yards and 13 TDs, leading the conference in yardage. He rushed 38 times for 321 yards, averaging just under 8 yards a carry, and had the longest run of the year, 72 yards. Dillon also returned three punts and three kickoffs, averaging 13.0 and 34.0 yards, respectively.

And Dillon simply torched defensive backfields over the first four games before they started throwing the kitchen sink at him, with 30 catches for 543 yards with seven touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 138 yards during that four game stretch.

The JC Athletic Bureau named him to their All-California first team, (Region III). Dillon was also named College Athlete of the fall by The Ventura County Star, as he made a strong bid to lead the state of California in all-purpose yardage and scoring -- as a receiver -- while authoring new entries into the Ventura College record book.

The star guard on Ventura's basketball team, Dillon is averaging 20.2 points through five games in 2005-06. In his freshman campaign on the hardcourt, Dillon averaged 15 points and 3 boards while leading the Western State Conference North in steals.

Charles Dillon profile

NOTES:
Some of Dillon's school records at Ventura include career receiving with 125 catches, good for 1,545 yards and 21 touchdowns, and the single-season receiving mark, with 69 catches in 2005. He tied the mark for catches in a single game when he snared 12 receptions against Golden West. In that game, he racked up 235 receiving yards with 2 TDs.

His freshman year, Dillon caught 56 passes for 541 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dillon took his official visit to WSU back in early October, along with good friend and Cougar verbal B.T. Walker. The duo played a season together at Ventura before Walker, a cornerback, transferred to College of the Canyons for his sophomore season.


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