The house was packed at Martin Stadium.
And Neville (pictured above with Brink and in the stands with his brother Johnny) was having a whale of a time.
“It was honestly so fun,” he said. “I went to the Stanford game last year and it was fun, but it was rainy and cold. This one was amazing. Oregon is a good school and we’ve had some guys decommit and look their way. But, honestly, we smacked the crap out of Oregon and put ourselves back at the top to show recruits and the world where we stand as a program.”
One WSU target who decommitted and has reportedly been high on Oregon is four-star wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. CF.C has attempted to reach the coveted receiver target, but haven’t been able to connect.
Since Hodgins' decommitment, the Cougs have also lost verbals from Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Charles Watson, Tayari Venable and Lamonte McDougle.
Neville, though, passionately said he’s all in with WSU and that he won’t be taking any other official visits other than his Pullman OV coming later this winter (date TBD).
“I feel like a lot of guys like to be in the spotlight, and somehow decommitting is the only way for that to happen,” Neville said. “Not to take anything from Oregon, because they have great uniforms and the players are great, but Washington State is different. For a specific player, WSU puts you on a pedestal to play at a high level.”
With that being said, will the Brink protege and Oregon product continue to recruit Hodgins to join him in the Palouse?
“After his decommitment, he kind of separated himself and did his own thing,” Neville said. “I want to make a push for him because he’s my guy, but at the same time you can’t make a push for someone who doesn’t want to be in our program and decommitted as early as he did. Right when Oregon really offered him, that’s when he started giving them and others schools looks.”
Neville added that any recruit should definitely make their way to Pullman for a visit soon, because the atmosphere at WSU is unlike any other.
“I’ve been to Washington, Oregon State and Boise State and they were all a lot of fun, but not the same as Washington State,” Neville said. “Whenever I was walking around campus, fans would come up to me and introduce themselves. They all knew who I was already. They were all very welcoming. It was a special feeling.”
• Another recruit on hand was two-star Central Catholic (Ore.) wide receiver Trey Davis. The slot receiver holds an offer from Oregon State, but is yet to receive a tender from the Cougs.
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• Neville said he didn't have too much time to meet with the WSU coaches, but that each assistant came up and said hello to him while he was on the sidelines. He also got to meet with some of the Cougar players before the game, including Kaleb Fossum. (See below).