Recruiting: 4-star QB Connor Neville intrigued by Air Raid

PACIFIC NORTHWEST 4-STAR QUARTERBACK prospect Connor Neville (2017 class) took an unofficial to WSU this past weekend. The Wilsonville, Ore., product had already visited Pullman for a team camp over the summer but this was a whole new animal. How so? Read on for our conversation with the 6-2, 195-pound member of the 2017 Scout 300.

Neville, ranked by Scout.com as the No. 17 QB in the country and No. 7 in the West, and the No. 201 overall prospect nationally for the 2017 class, had a memorable weekend out on the Palouse, he told Cougfan.com.

“It was very fun,” Neville said. “I have visited Washington State prior to the visit, so it was nice to be back again. Washington State has been recruiting me since the summer after I went to their camp. They offered me a scholarship the week of my fourth game.”

NEVILLE HAS BEEN in close contact since the summer with WSU special teams coach and area recruiter Eric Mele. The two had the chance to connect over the weekend while Neville was on his unofficial.  

“He just keeps telling me how much they are coming up and how successful their quarterbacks have been,” Neville said. “During the visit, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet with the coaches for very long. I only spoke with Coach Mele and Coach (Graham) Harrell before the game. Usually, they (WSU) do a good job of coming out hot and doing well. It just seems like they never got that spark on offense (on Saturday)."

(A quick note: Neville as a 2017 prospect can't take an official visit until his senior year and WSU is also employing a new recruiting strategy this year under Mike Leach, back loading their 2016 official visits until after the regular season into December and January. The primary reason for that, according to independent CF.C sources and as we've reported earlier, is because Leach and Co. don't feel they can spend enough time with visitors during a home game weekend).

Neville added the WSU offense and playing for Leach is certainly something that intrigues him.

“You can’t help but think as a quarterback that you can be successful in the Air Raid offense like theirs,” he said.

The 6-2, 195-pounder said he’s in no rush to make his college decision and is planning on taking other visits. Per Northwest Elite Index’s Jordan Johnson, Neville will be taking a visit to Oregon State this weekend.

“Unfortunately, I will not come out with a top list of schools like most recruits,” Neville said. “I want to give every college a chance and a hard look, just as they did to offer me a scholarship to play for them.”

HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:

• Washington State this week extended a scholarship offer to San Marcos, Calif., cornerback Terrell Burgess. The three-star CB holds offers from WSU, Arizona, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Nevada, San Diego State, Colorado State and others.

• WSU recently extended a scholarship offer to City College of San Francisco safety Robert Taylor on Tuesday evening. Taylor informed CF.C that he is planning on taking an official visit to WSU after the season. He also holds an offer from Purdue.

• In case you missed it, WSU offered Eastside Catholic 2017 prospect Hunter Bryant earlier this week. He also holds an offer from Washington. He's projected by Scout.com as a tight end -- when it comes to WSU, think "jumbo athlete" when it comes to the 6-3, 230-pounder rated three stars.


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