Trip Report - Dexter Charles spoke Sunday with Stanwood offensive lineman Dexter Charles, and the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Charles talking in glowing terms about his official visit to the University of Washington.

"Just hanging out with all the guys, getting a chance to see how it really is down there, I loved it," he said. "I knew instantly I had made the right decision."

Greg Christine and Drew Schaefer were Charles' hosts during his official visit. "They just told me to have it mentally; that's the biggest battle," he said when asked about the advice given to him by the UW veteran linemen. "That and technique."

Charles was a three-year letterman playing left tackle at Stanwood, but his future on the UW offensive line is yet to be determined. "The only thing they talked about was that you have to come in and compete," he said of his conversations with UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and Offensive Line Coach Dan Cozzetto. "They didn't talk to me about a specific spot (to play). You can't come in thinking you are going to redshirt."

This official visit weekend at Washington was filled mostly with local recruits who had already made their verbal commitments to UW. "I knew all of them but Jamaal (Jones), and I met him on the trip," Charles said. "He was really cool. You could tell that we all really like each other."

The other local recruits were Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kasen Williams, Taniela Tupou, Jarett Finau and Connor Cree.

Charles wasn't expecting it, but he ended up spending most of his 48 hours with Arizona offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki. The two didn't know each other before Friday, but talking to Charles on Sunday, you would have thought the two had known each other for a long time. "He's really cool and we just hit it off," Charles said of Nowicki. "We became really good friends. We just enjoyed ourselves. Of course I want him to be a Dawg, but he has to make the best choice for himself."

And Charles knows the UW coaches can count on him during the rest of the recruiting process to help sway other top recruits to Montlake. "I'm always down on campus," he said.

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