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Recruiting: What WSU is getting in 4-star duo OT Dontae Powell, QB Connor Neville

IT’S NOT often a pair of 4-star prospects verbally commit on the same day to a school, as happened at Washington State at its junior day on Saturday. So what are the Cougs getting in OT Dontae Powell and QB Connor Neville?

We asked National Analyst Brandon Huffman.

Dontae Powell is one of the most physical linemen in the West this year, a punisher in run blocking, but also adept in pass protection,” said Huffman.  “He’s got a lot of nasty in him and loves to mix it up and plays through the whistle. He can play tackle or guard in college- has the athleticism to be outside as a tackle but also the physicality to play inside. 

“The big thing for him will be shoring up his classwork- he acknowledged that slowed his recruitment a bit, but he’s working hard to get that locked in.  Washington State was his first offer and it paid off handsomely for him.”

Connor Neville was a guy who’s been on our radar since he was a freshman since he impressed us at the Elite 11 Regionals in Oakland,” said Huffman. “He’s about 6-1 ½, maybe 6-2, and he can flat out spin it.  Arm strength is one of his best attributes.  He’s also pretty athletic and can move around in the pocket. 

“He’s worked on his touch over the last two years and doesn’t try to let loose every time he throws and is becoming a more consistent passer.  This is a great pickup for the Cougs after their roller coaster quarterback recruiting in 2016’s class and he’ll definitely be a player that should flourish in Mike Leach’s offense.”

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