WSU linebacker commit to SEC school: Thanks, but no thanks

AT THE 11TH HOUR, schools are always trying to poach recruits and flip them to their programs. This goes on all across the NCAA. And for WSU, Ole Miss recently reached out to one of its new linebacker commits. What did the 6-2, 210-pounder let them know? Will he be signing with the Cougars on Wednesday?

The Washington State coaches kept Willie Taylor under wraps.

However, since committing to WSU eight days ago, Taylor said other schools have quickly reached out to see if he'd be interested in jumping ship.

"Troy and Ole Miss," Taylor told CF.C when asked which schools have shown new interest.

The big one here is Ole Miss, with Taylor hailing from Georgia and growing up watching the SEC. The Rebels recently offered Tacoma offensive lineman Quazzel White (as did TCU). The in-state prospect, who committed to WSU in November, backed off his crimson commitment shortly after.

So, what did Ole Miss tell Taylor?

"They were going to wait and see what they got on signing day," Taylor said. "(They) wanted to try and get me up there maybe next week for a visit."

A visit next week to Ole Miss would have meant he'd have to postpone signing with WSU on Wednesday. That's not going to happen, he said. Taylor will ink with the Cougs and he said his official visit over the weekend is a big reason why he told Ole Miss no thanks.

"Yeah, I'm going to sign," he said. "It (visit) went great! I love the facilities and the campus. Pullman definitely feels like home."

Taylor is one of 25 known WSU commits for the 2017 class.

ELSEWHERE IN COUGAR recruiting, receiver Jonny Neville announced on his Twitter account that he has accepted a preferred walk-on invitation from the Cougars. 

If the name sounds familiar, it's because he's the brother of 4-star WSU quarterback commit Connor Neville. The two brothers took their official visits to WSU on Jan. 13.

https://twitter.com/Jonnyneville_/status/825905100157652992

Outside of recruiting, in case you missed it, WSU began "Midnight Maneuvers" on Sunday night. Who was one person in particular excited for the offseason workouts to get underway?

Well, that'd of course be Roy Manning, who took to his Twitter account to let Cougar Nation know just how jacked up he was.

https://twitter.com/CoachRoyM/status/825900121309130753


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