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A CF.C conversation with 4-star QB Connor Neville: Ahead of the curve on the gridiron, playing catch-up off it

ON THE FOOTBALL GRIDIRON, 4-star quarterback prospect and future Cougar Connor Neville is ahead of the curve. Off the field, he tells CF.C, he's been playing catch-up. And that's in part why this past week's experience out in Hawaii at the Polynesian Bowl was so valuable for the Wilsonville, Ore., standout.

Neville (6-2, 215) was home schooled until high school and CF.C talked to him about that and more over the weekend.  Growing up, Neville says he learned social skills to communicate with adults, predominantly his parents. It was an adjustment when it came time to go to high school.
 
“The biggest things socially for myself was being able to connect with some of the people in high school, like the high school-level rather than the adult-level," said Neville.
 
Going from a schedule where school was from 9 – 11:30 a.m. to a full class load filled in a new environment forced Neville to further adapt.
 
“I was being super immature,” Neville said. “The big thing for me was school and time management. In my freshman year, I wasn't very good at managing my time.
 
“Throughout the years, I learned a lot -- like this year I learned to manage my time well and getting homework done in class.”

Neville was briefly suspended from playing during his senior season for reasons Wilsonville has declined to comment on. CF.C asked Neville what he had learned from the suspension but he was more interested in looking to the future and talking about his experience in Hawaii.

“It's amazing - the guys are unselfish and so outgoing and welcoming," Neville said. "They have so much tradition here with the way they act towards each other.
 
“It's such an honor to be associated with the culture they have down here as well.”

Neville has been verbally committed to WSU since April. As the class has continued to grow, Neville and Co. have gone about building an early bond.
 
“All of us have a Twitter and Snapchat group message,” Neville said.
 
Neville says they all message one another daily but he's not the most active - that would be Faavae Faavae, future Cougar linebacker out of Mater Dei High.
 
This coming weekend will be the last before Neville and his 2017 classmates sign on the dotted line and officially become Cougars. WSU special teams coach Eric Mele is his area recruiter and Neville says he's connected with all the coaches including his future QBs coach and head coach, Mike Leach.
 
“They love me a lot," Neville said.  "They are very genuine and very, very straightforward with you they are recruiting. It's just such a fun and great opportunity to go play for a coaching stuff like that.”
 
Neville took his official visit to Washington State on Jan. 13. He said it only confirmed for him that Pullman was the place to be. He described the weekend as “amazing.”
 
“I want to be in college right now,” Neville said. “Obviously, I was homeschooled and graduating early was a thought of mine. That was a big decision that I made ... sometimes I wish I left early, but I'm glad I made this decision.”

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • Neville in 10 games as a senior was 172 of 279 passing (62 percent) for 2,756 yards with 35 TDs against 10 interceptions. He also had seven rushing touchdowns.  He was named honorable mention 5A All-State and led Wilsonville to a runner-up finish in the state title game. 
  • For his prep career, Neville was 496 of 846 passing (59 percent) for 7,768 yards, 88 TDs, 29 INTs and 12 rushing touchdowns.
  • The Polynesian Bowl was a defensive slugfest, with Team Stanley defeating Team Mariota 9-7 (full stats were unavailable).  Neville was on Team Mariota, whose coaching staff boasted Cougar legend Jack Thompson.

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