BREAKING: Cougs get their QB (and 6th verbal)

HIS RECRUITING STOCK has been fast climbing in terms of offers, interest and rankings. But one school had always stood out the most to the Spokane field general. A little less than two weeks after he received an offer from Wazzu, he went crimson because, as he says, "This coaching staff is who I want to play for -- WSU is where I want to be."

Spokane QB Connor Halliday (6-5, 184) went crimson on Friday, to thunderous acclaim.

"I called coach (Paul) Wulff and told him I wanted to be a Coug," said Halliday. "He said, 'Ever since we offered you we've been hoping you were going to call us and tell us that. You just made my day,' and coach (Todd) Sturdy he was even more excited, he yelled when I told him.

"Coach Sturdy said, 'You're the guy I want to coach and we're really excited to have you.'"

Halliday is the sixth known verbal commitment in WSU's 2010 recruiting class. The others are fellow Spokane products TE Aaron Dunn and Jake Rodgers (with the TE/DE/OL body type), tackle John Fullington of Belfair, Wash., and cornerback Matt Simmons of Torrance, Calif., and CB/S Damante Horton of Oakland.

Last season Halliday completed 170 of 286 passes for 2,366 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11 games.

WASHINGTON STATE offered Halliday earlier this month but the Cougs, said the Ferris High product, had been strongly recruiting him from the start.

"They recruited me the hardest...and they let me know I'm their guy," said Halliday.

Halliday was offered by Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and EWU with Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and Oregon all in the mix.

HE NEARLY MADE an on-the-spot verbal commitment when the Cougs offered him a full ride back on June 6 but with plane tickets to Boise and Eugene already in hand for unofficial visits to those schools, he planned on waiting until around the 4th of July to make the call.

In the end, he said the trips to BSU and UO served to reinforce his initial instinct.

"I went to Boise State and Oregon and after both of those, after seeing those two places, I knew where I wanted to go. Pullman is the place for me, and I think WSU is the best fit for me," said Halliday.

HALLIDAY SAID now that he's on board with Wazzu, he has more work to do.

"I hope with my commitment, I can help with the rest of my recruiting class," said Halliday. "WSU is where I want to be, and we're building for the future."

Halliday recently shot up the recruiting rankings to debut at 3-stars and No. 53 nationally among quarterbacks. He is good friends with Cougar receiver Jared Karstetter.

Halliday has already achieved a qualifying score on the SAT but said he wants to try and better the mark later this year.

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