Cali ATH talks WSU visit plan

THE START OF the 2009 football campaign also means Washington State's recruiting season shifts into a new stage this weekend -- the formal hosting of prospects on official campus visits. The list can remain in flux all the way up to and sometimes through Friday and one thinking about a Pullman trip is a sought athlete out of Southern California with a pair of Pac-10 offers, including one from WSU.

Edward Dillihunt (5-10, 194, 4.85) is ranked in the nation's Top 100 safeties and holds six offers. He and his parents had planned a trip to the Palouse this weekend but it might have to be rescheduled due to Friday's activities at Tulare High.

"We scheduled one for Washington State on the 5th but I'm not sure we're going to be able to make it because we have a scrimmage on the 4th. So we might have to make it for another weekend," said Dillihunt.

As previously reported, also scheduled to come up this weekend is fellow Tulare teammate Marquess Wilson, so both may end up rescheduling due to their high school scrimmage.

Dillihunt said all the area recruiting coaches he's been in contact with have been great, with WSU's Todd Sturdy one of two who have stood out most this recruiting season.

"I like the coach from Washington State, coach Sturdy.. and then Pat Hill. I like how coach Sturdy is up front, he's built his offense young and so through the years, his team gets stronger and stronger," said Dillihunt.

IMPORTANT TO HIS decision will be academics, Dillihunt said, and he likes what he sees in that area from Washington State.

"They graduate the most athletes behind Stanford, they rank second (in the Pac-10)...and (Sturdy) said it was nice out there -- that's what I'm really waiting to see, see how I fit into it and how I'd like it out there," said Dillihunt.

Dillihunt holds offers from WSU, Arizona State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV and San Diego State. Utah appears close to offering, and UCLA is also in the mix, he said. He's rated as a safety by but he might just as easily end up in the slot on offense.

"They all like that I play both ways, they don't know what to offer me as yet and have mostly offered me as an athlete.

"I've thought about playing slot but I think I'd last longer on the defensive side of the ball. I like to punish people. But I also like to score, so I'm kinda in the middle," said Dillihunt.

DILLIHUNT SAID HE doesn't have a frontrunner and that a decision will likely come later this fall.

"I think it'll be later down the road, I want to kind of sit and wait and see who else might want to offer," said Dillihunt.

Dillihunt was a versatile, first team All-Valley specialist as a junior who excelled at multiple positions. He logged 42 receptions for 607 yards with seven touchdowns while on defense, he recorded 29 tackles -- including six sacks from his outside 'backer position.

He also posted a 22.5 yard average on punt returns and took two back for touchdowns. The Redskins were a perfect 13-0 last year and captured the CIF Central Section D-II title.

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