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Four-star QB Connor Neville loving the streak WSU recruiting is on

IT'S BEEN a strong two weeks for Washington State recruiting. And few people are happier about it than four-star quarterback and future Cougar Connor Neville. The WSU verbal out of Wilsonville, Ore., told Cougfan.com that as strong as recruiting has been for the Cougs, it’s only the beginning.

It was last week that WSU landed commits from three-star receiver Isaiah Hodgins and three-star running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio.

Hodgins chose WSU over Michigan, Nebraska, UW, Oregon and others, while Habibi-Likio went crimson over tenders from Boise State, BYU, Nevada and many others.

Both are big time gets, Neville told CF.C on Thursday. 

“It is a very good opportunity for us to achieve the goals we have set at Wazzu,” Neville said. “Finding each piece to the puzzle helps us figure out what the future might look like.

“Most definitely we are a pass first offense so getting phenomenal players like those is a blessing. As for the Wazzu recruiting, you do not stumble across guys like them and get them to commit early; which speaks volumes about where the program is headed towards.”

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CF.C spoke with both Hodgins and Habibi-Likio moments after their WSU verbals and both said they had a prior relationship with both WSU area recruiter Jim Mastro and Neville. 

Neville said he continues to remain in close contact with his fellow WSU commits.

“I did reach out to them before they had committed,” he said. “A week prior to the passing down tournament in California... I reached out to them (to) recruit them up there. 

“The cool part was that I saw them both at passing down and they had both watched me play a few games that day. My Oregon Breed team also got to play Isaiah's team. I'm not completely saying that them watching me convinced them to come to Wazzu, but it definitely helped. I told them both (especially Isaiah) they would get the ball so much and be able to make lots of plays. Also, that us playing together would be insane.”

Currently, the Cougars have verbal commits from Teyarai Venable, Dontae Powell and Neville (pictured above), plus Hodgins and Habibi-Likio. Neville has been working overtime to get that list to grow.

“I have been talking to Nick Pickett, David Morris, Jaxson Kirkland, and Cody Shear,” Neville said. “And I am also talking to the coaching staff about pulling the trigger on my brother Jonny Neville and Kristian Gilbert from St. John Bosco. I told the recruits we have a chance to seriously be good and do something special.

“I tell the coaching staff about how huge my brother is and how much faster he is getting. And with KG, he is just a total stud and I could see him playing the slot really well.”

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Neville added that his message to all the recruits he’s been in contact with has been the same.

“We take every committed player as the most valuable,” Neville said. “No one stands out more than the other and we all do our best to get the Wazzu name out there and get guys. We are all family. No one gets treated better or worse than the other.”

HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:


• On Thursday, per Greg Biggins, Washington State extended a new scholarship offer to 2018 wide receiver Marquis Spiker. He also holds tenders from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Washington and a few more.

• On Saturday, Washington State will be receiving an unofficial visit from three-star defensive back Jason Rucker, out of Westfield High in Oregon. He is yet to receive an offer from the Cougars. 

• Earlier this week, the WSU staff also extended an offer to 6-2, 230-pound outside linebacker Levani Damuni. He holds scholarships from WSU, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, UNLV, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and others. 


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