Future Cougs earn high marks at Opening event

FUTURE COUGARS Connor Neville and Isaiah Hodgins competed at The Oakland Opening this weekend. We checked in with Scout.com's Greg Biggins and Blair Angulo to get their thoughts on how the QB and WR did against top flight competition.

I though Neville looked very good and was in my top 3-4 all day. He's one of those guys who does everything well- smooth pocket passer with a quick release, spins the ball very well, has the arm to make all the throws, is accurate and also looks comfortable throwing on the run.

WR commit Isaiah Hodgins was also very impressive and might have been the best receiver of the day. He has a great frame, catches everything thrown near him, has excellent body control and made several nice catches in jump ball situations.

Line target Jonathan Nathaniel had a good day and took home OL MVP honors. He has a very nice frame and could play inside or outside in college.

Neville looked comfortable in the pocket throughout the afternoon and made some really impressive throws down field. It's quite commonplace that a quarterback will pair up with a given receiver during the one-on-one portion of camp and that was the case with Neville, who had fellow Washington State commit Isaiah Hodgins run routes exclusively on his reps. They looked to have good chemistry, with Neville putting the ball where only Hodgins could reach it and allowing his receiver to go up for some acrobatic catches.

There was a bit of wind, but Neville didn't appear to be affected, piercing those gusts on longer throws. He struggled some during the half skelly portion, especially when he encountered some zone coverages, and was picked off on a pass up the middle when he tried to squeeze a throw into a tight window. He was forced to check down to options underneath probably more than he would have liked, but he has shown improvement in going through his progressions. The arm strength is there, and if Neville can sync his footwork with seeing routes develop and throwing his receivers open, he'll take that next step as a quarterback prospect.

Hodgins might have been the best receiver in attendance. He's long and strong, and showed a wide catching radius that made Neville and the other quarterbacks quite happy. He looked very comfortable going down field and matching up with corners that attempted to body him up. Hodgins showed the ability to stretch the field but his physicality also allows him to box out defenders on throws up the middle. He has good hands and positions his body well to make a move after the catch.

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