Where does Washington State stand with 4-star QB Connor Neville out of Oregon?

MIKE LEACH HAS extended 10 known offers out to quarterbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, with seven of those QBs yet to make a verbal commitment. But of the 10, only one resides in the Pacific Northwest. Connor Neville, a 4-star prospect out of Wilsonville, Ore., talks with CF.C about Wazzu and where his recruiting stands.

Leach is naturally involved in all aspects of quarterback recruiting at Washington State, while area recruiter Eric Mele is running the recruiting point for the Cougs on Neville.

“I think Coach Mele is a really fun and interesting guy,” said Neville. “He’s really serious, gets his point across very well. He’s a good coach and their special teams did very well this year. He does a good job being a player’s coach.

“They’ve been doing a great job in staying touch with me, with a lot of handwritten letters…they’ve done a really good job in recruiting me and making me feel welcome by the Cougar family.”

Neville said WSU’s coaches like how he gets the ball out of his hand so quickly. He camped at WSU last summer and said Leach told him then he really liked Neville’s accuracy. Neville said he holds offers from Washington State, Boise State and Hawaii, noting that Arizona State has been ramping up its recruitment of him and could be the next to offer. He also said he's hearing more these days from Cal.

“There are a lot of good things about Washington State – obviously, everyone knows about the Air Raid… they’re a Pac-12 school, they’re coming up… they’ve done a really good job with their program and it’s all going up from here,” said Neville.

Neville, however, says his plan is to see what other schools might offer, he wants to take all five visits and wait until January to make his verbal commitment.  For many schools, they’ll have a hard enough time waiting until July to have their QB on board, let alone January. For the Cougs, who had three QBs verbally pledged at various times this past recruiting cycle but would up not signing one, it’s difficult if not downright impossible to see them waiting that long.

“I want to give every school a chance, I want to visit every school I can… I just want to make sure. It could possibly be earlier but (January) is what I’m shooting for.. but if I’m not getting a ton of offers (down the road) I’m going to start getting really serious about the schools that really like me,” said Neville.

Of his two other offers, Neville said he finds the recent history and tradition at Boise State very intriguing and likes that the BDU head coach is “a quarterbacks guy.” He said Hawaii would be an “amazing place” to live and likes the idea of leading a turnaround there.

NOTABLE NOTES:
--Neville said he hasn’t set up unofficial visit dates to schools this spring and summer yet, with his primary focus on school and Elite 11 competitions he’ll take part in. "Once I get done with (that) I’ll narrow down my unofficial visits and (school) camps." he said.

--Neville said it’s always been a dream of his to play on the same college team as his brother, Jonny Neville (6-4, 205). Connor said his brother has been seeing interest from WSU, Cal, Wyoming and Portland State, with PSU likely close to offering.

--For the list of WSU QB offers in the 2017 class: CLICK HERE


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