Cougs eye athletic, explosive hitter

IT'S HUMAN NATURE to go a little wild over the fastest guys and 40 times. But more often than not, the best football players don't necessarily turn out to be the fastest guys on the gridiron -- and particularly at safety. One safety prospect that Washington State recently offered out of Pittsburg, Calif. is by no means slow but his greatest value, according to his prep coach, lies elsewhere.

Washington State has been on Erick Dargan (6-1, 200, 4.67) for a while now.

"They came to one of our games last year...Washington State, they were the first one that came in," said Victor Galli, head man at Pittsburg High.

"He does everything well. He's a natural athlete, super athletic, he's been the starting point guard on our basketball team since his freshman year. He's a strong runner, a slasher, very good vision. He's also a leader, a clutch player and explosive hitter who has a mean streak."

GALLI SAID Dargan is one of those player-types who can carry a defense on his back when called upon.

"He's got good speed but he's not super, super fast. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Allen..he wasn't the fastest guy in the world but he had great feet and could catch, run, throw, do it all. Erick is like that. And some schools might recruit him as a running back. But if you want to project...I think his best opportunity will probably be strong safety.

Indeed, most schools, including the Cougars, are recruiting him at safety.

"He's probably up to around 10 offers, Washington has offered him...Oregon was second in last year, they were recruiting Avery Patterson, and Nick Aliotti was asking me about Avery and I said see that kid over there, Erick, that's the home run hitter.

"I told Oregon they're going to be very happy with Avery this year but next year you'd be crazy if you didn't come after Dargan. He watched him and he did just that, he's been offered by Oregon too," said Galli.

RECENT STRENGTH NUMBERS include a 235 pound power clean, 500 pound squat and 230 on the bench press. He has a vertical leap of 33 inches.

CF.C has been unable to reach Dargan to get his thoughts on his recruitment but hopefully that will change soon. Galli said he is on track to graduate.

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