Ferris QB lands dream offer, colored crimson

ONE DAY AFTER a report detailing wide ranging interest in saying he was no longer under the radar, it's now fair to say that his stock is flying even higher. Today, when he was offered a scholarship by Paul Wulff and Washington State, the Ferris High quarterback -- whom Scout.com has recently skyrockted up the ratings list -- was sorely tempted to commit on the spot.

Instead, with plane tickets already purchased to Oregon and Idaho as camp seasons gets underway, Connor Halliday (6-5, 184) said he told Wulff he's likely to attend some camps and take the month of June, and perhaps a little bit more, to make his decision.

Wazzu's offer, however, is huge, he said.

"I was very tempted to commit right there on the phone with him. But my dad had already bought tickets to Boise and Oregon. But I'm really, really excited," said Halliday.

If not a decision, Halliday does, however, now name a clear leader.

"Washington State," said Halliday. "And I've really liked Washington State ever since I had an early (unofficial) visit there. I've really built a great relationship with (Cougar o-coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd) Sturdy."

Halliday, who has leaped up the recent rankings on Scout.com to rate 3-stars and No. 53 in the nation, said his decision might come somewhere around the 4th of July. In addition to Wazzu, he's already camped at ASU and has additional June camp visits scheduled for Oregon State, Boise State and Washington. The Huskies began this week showing a sharp interest in Halliday immediately after Jake Heaps made his decision.

HALLIDAY, WHO IS GOOD FRIENDS with Cougar receiver Jared Karstetter, said he's spent some time talking with his former Ferris teammate and both are excited about the possibility of playing together again in college. He also had high praise for Wulff.

"I love what coach Wulff is doing there, I love how he's recruiting and I love how he's building the program. I really think he's going to get that thing turned around," said Halliday.

IN ADDITION TO the Wazzu scholarship offer, Halliday holds offers from Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and EWU, with Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington all showing rising interest and talking a possible offer over the last month or so.

Halliday has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT but said he wants to try and better the mark, so he'll be taking the test again soon.

Halliday, who transferred from Lewis and Clark to Ferris before his junior season, was 170-of-286 for 2,366 yards with 20 touchdowns in 11 games in 2008.

Halliday has taken three unofficial trips to Washington State in the past three months. His fourth will come June 24, at the Cougs' summer youth camp. As with most junior quarterbacks, he'll need to fill out before he's ready to make an impact but given the offers and burgeoning interest he's received of late, a number of BCS schools are high indeed on his prospects.

Connor Halliday profile and video

Washington State's summer youth camp takes place June 24-27. Last year, the Cougs hosted appx. 600 campers from all over the West and Canada in Wulff's first year.

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