Three prep teammates to hit Pullman

ALL THREE ARE from the same high school and headed to Washington State this weekend on official visits. One is a defensive back rated four stars and the No. 22 safety prospect in the nation. Another is a receiver with athleticism coming out of his socks. The third is a corner who plays bigger than his size. And the Cougs have been recruiting all three since they were sophomores.

Pittsburg High teammates S Erick Dargan (6-0, 190), WR Robert Jiles (6-0, 185, 4.47) and CB Tracy Clark (5-10, 175, 4.5) will be at Washington State this weekend as the Cougs take on Stanford to open the 2009 season. Pittsburg is about 30 minutes outside of Oakland.

"I want to see if it's a place I can come in and play and if it's a family environment," said Dargan.

DARGAN HOLDS OFFERS the West over, including rides from Washington State, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and more. Dargan said he's enamored with all the coaches recruiting him and singled out WSU's Jody Sears in particular is one he's built a strong bond with over time.

"Coach Jody Sears, it's just him as a person," said Dargan. "I've talked to pretty much most of the (WSU) coaches...I like 'em."

Dargan also said he's developed a rapport with UCLA's Frank Gansz, Jr., the Bruins' special teams coach.

Dargan said he has no leader, but mentioned Washington State and UCLA, along with Oregon, as among those who have caught his eye. He said he anticipates a decision after taking all five of his visits. WSU is his only scheduled visit date but he plans on tripping to Oregon, UCLA and possibly ASU.

"I feel like I'm going to take my time with it, I'm not going to rush it," said Dargan.

JILES WAS OFFERED by Washington State a few weeks back. Well spoken and humble on the phone, he brings a lot of athleticism to the table.

"(WSU) told me my routes are good," said Jiles. "And that I can work on them a little bit more so they would be even better.

"I'm looking for the right environment, one that will enable me to learn and be a good student first, and then a good athlete...WSU has told me they think I have a lot of potential and would have a good impact on their football program."

Sears, along with Chris Ball and the rest of the WSU staff, has also made a decided impact on him.

"Coach Sears is a great coach. He likes to talk with and learn about players," said Jiles.

CLARK IS A cornerback who will also likely see time in the slot this season for Pittsburg. Washington State has been recruiting him, and Dargan and Jiles, for some time now.

"I've been talking to Washington State the longest...I've been talking with coach Sears since I was a sophomore. Me and him have built a tight relationship, he's a great man and coach," said Clark.

Clark, who holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1340 on the SAT, said he and his teammates are amped up for the Palouse trip.

"I'm looking to see if that's somewhere I would be able to play, and if academically that school is the place for me. And I just want to feel the vibe up there, and see if I feel at home there," said Clark.

Clark had 40 tackles and three picks as a junior.

"(WSU) said they like that I'm physical," said Clark. "I like to play bump and run a lot. They've said I'm a good cover corner and they like my hips and change of direction.

"But I think some colleges are scared of me, I weigh 175 but people think I weigh about 155. They might not think I'm as tough (as others) but I play bump and run and I'm in your face."


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