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Four-star QB Connor Neville says no one will get him to flip from WSU...Not even Bill Belichick

IF WSU FANS are worried about the status of Connor Neville’s verbal commitment… don’t be. That was the message from the four-star signal caller, who gave his verbal to the Cougs on Saturday. He told nothing will change his mind. It doesn’t matter if Nick Saban, Jim McElwain or Jim Harbaugh calls. What about Bill Belichick?

As Washington State fans remember, WSU had three quarterbacks commit for the 2016 class, all of which decommitted and signed elsewhere on National Signing Day.

On Saturday, while on an unofficial visit, Neville gave his verbal commitment to WSU, picking WSU over offers from Boise State and Hawaii. He was also receiving interest from Arizona State, UCLA, Utah, Nebraska and many others.

But, the question on Cougar fans’ minds is will he end up signing with WSU next Februry? Nothing will stop him from doing that, Neville adamantly told CF.C.

“After I committed, my dad asked me what would happen if I got an offer from Alabama, Michigan, Florida or any other program,” Neville said. “I told him it wouldn’t matter to me. I’m 100 percent solid with WSU.

“If I got a call from Bill Belichick tomorrow and he said I could skip college and play for the New England Patriots, I’d politely tell him I’m headed to Washington State.”

Now that’s telling.

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Neville, a 6-2, 195-pounder, shared his passion for WSU with head man Mike Leach and area recruiter Eric Mele while he was in Pullman on Saturday. The Air Raid offense was simply too much to pass up on, he said.

“I’ve just been thinking about how I don’t want to lose the good relationships I have with a staff like that,” Neville said. “I never really had a dream school growing up, but WSU essentially became my dream school. They throw the ball a ton and they have some of the best facilities in the Pac-12. 

“They do such a good job offensively and the quarterback has complete control and command of things. In that offense, I could continue to develop and hopefully become an NFL quarterback.” 

Neville added that head man Mike Leach's reaction was priceless when he gave him the news that he wanted to be a Coug.

“I went to his (Leach) office with Coach Eric Mele at around 12:15 p.m. and we were talking about random stuff,” Neville said. “Then, I told Coach Leach I wanted to commit and he almost spit his coffee out of his mouth (laugh). He set his cup down and he and Coach Mele both gave me big hugs. 

“It’s crazy to think someone of Coach Leach’s stature and how well known he is would want a kid like me. That’s an opportunity you can’t pass up.”

As a junior last season, Neville blew up offensively, throwing for 3,110 yards and 38 touchdowns. 

“Coach Leach looks for accuracy, mobility in the pocket and deep balls,” Neville said. “He said he thinks I’m extremely accurate and he loves my footwork. I’m fluid in the pocket and I can create when I have to. He thinks I have an exceptional arm and that I’m accurate throwing downfield.”

The Wilsonville High junior is ranked four stars and the No. 20 quarterback in the country by


Joining the new WSU QB commit on his unofficial visit to Pullman was his brother Jonny Neville, a 6-5, 215-pound receiver for Wilsonville. Jonny Neville doesn’t yet hold an offer from WSU, but is hopeful that could come later this year. Connor Neville said he won’t be taking any other college visits and has shut down his recruitment, but could take some trips with his brother down the road in a supporting role.

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