Charles hauls in offers from in-state schools

While Washington continues working to wrap-up the 2010 class, they are already focused on the junior recruits who could comprise their 2011 class as well. This weekend they hosted several, including Stanwood OL Dexter Charles, a versatile and athletic prospect who already has offers from both in-state schools.

Charles was offered a few weeks ago by Washington and shortly thereafter, Washington State followed up.

"It was pretty exciting getting the offers," Charles told over the weekend. "I mean, to know I could keep playing football and do it in college, that was really cool."

Charles plays both ways for Stanwood, but according to the Husky and Cougar coaching staffs, they both like him on the offensive side of the ball.

"I guess they really like the way I move," Charles said. "They like how I can get down the field and lead and get to the second-level."

This past weekend, Charles headed to Montlake to check out the Husky basketball team's 92-64 dismantling of the Cougars at Hec Ed and afterward, he met with the coaches and got a tour of the school and facilities.

"That was cool, just meeting with them and talking with them," Charles said. "I was at their lineman camp, so I had already experienced what it was like to be coached by them, but this time I just got to talk with the coaches and really started to form a bond with them.

"What they are doing is pretty amazing there and getting to see the Legends Center, I'd say that was the most impressive thing to me. All of the history of the program is right there for you to see so it was really, really cool."

Charles said at this time, while Washington and Washington State are his only two offers, UCLA, Utah and Idaho are also calling and making contact.

"I'm going to take my time," Charles said. "I want to visit some schools, go to some camps and just go through the process.

"I'm not in a hurry right now. I want to see everything I can before I make my decision on where I want to go."

This winter, Charles said he's been working on his strength and conditioning and currently benches 310 pounds while squatting 460. He also has been timed at 5.0 in the forty even though he carries about 290 pounds on his 6'5" frame.

We'll continue to keep track of Charles' progress over the coming months and update news as it happens.

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