Stanwood lineman eyes WSU Junior Day

HE'S AMONG THE early list of top prep offensive linemen on who will come out of the Evergreen State in the 2011 class. He holds a Washington State offer already, and he'll be out on the Palouse later this month for the Cougars' Junior Day.

Stanwood's Dexter Charles (6-5, 270) has been to Pullman before, to the ASU game and to a Cougars' junior day event when he was a sophomore. He'll be on the WSU campus again in a couple weeks.

"And I'll be going there for this junior day coming up..on the 20th," said Charles.

The Cougs have offered Charles, as has UW. He's also hearing from UCLA, Utah and others.

"I talk to UW and WSU the most. I've heard they both like my athleticism, that I can play both sides of the ball and that I've got quick feet. I talk to them both once or twice every two weeks," said Charles.

RUNNING THE POINT on Charles for Washington State is Cougar assistant Rich Rasmussen.

"Coach Razz, I like him. He's a really nice guy, really straightforward," said Charles.

Charles said UW is appealing in that he has a lot family in and around the Seattle area. At the same time, he also likes the 'college town community' feel of Pullman.

"It's like what I live in now," said Charles. "Everybody is just for Cougar Football. I think that's awesome."

Charles is seen by Scout as an offensive lineman at the next level but WSU and UW are also both talking to him about potentially playing elsewhere.

"Actually I'm still in between, when I talk to Wazzu and U-dub, they're still in between offensive and defensive line. I just want to play where the team needs me. I couldn't care less as long as I play," said Charles.

WINNING, SAID CHARLES, will be important to his decision in choosing a school. In the last five years, UW has won only 16 games, WSU but 18. For the decade, UW recorded a 49-71 mark, while Washington State also had a losing record at 57-63. But Charles said he thinks both programs are poised to get back to winning seasons and bowl games.

"They both signed some pretty good players this recruiting class. I think they're both going to turn it around," said Charles.

Dexter Charles profile

Charles' Stanwood teammate, DE/TE Zack Johnson, is walking-on at Washington State this fall.

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