HALLIDAY: Color him crimson

ANOTHER PAC-10 SCHOOL has been showing him the recruiting love but Spokane QB and future Cougar Connor Halliday says one thing becomes more and more apparent every time he talks to WSU offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy..

Ferris High's Connor Halliday (6-5, 186) has kept close tabs throughout the year on his recruiting class. As each new member has come on board at Washington State, Halliday has gotten more and more amped up.

"I believe we're getting the right (recruits) in there to do it -- and we definitely have the right guys coaching us to do it," said Halliday. "I'm just excited for the future -- we really have the chance to do something special down there and get this thing turned around."

ARIZONA STATE, WITH February's Letter of Intent Day looming, been making a late recruiting push towards Halliday, who this season completed 310-of-477 passes for for 4,198 yards with 43 TDs with 13 interceptions. But Halliday, a three-star prospect rated the No. 37 QB in the nation by Scout.com, says he's set with his team.

"Arizona State, it sounds like coach (Dennis) Erickson they might offer me here pretty soon. But that's kind of irrelevant… I'm a Cougar," said Halliday. "They've been hot on my trail since their quarterback (Peter Thomas) de-committed. They got some film on me and have been calling me but -- it's nice, and it's humbling, but I've just kinda been saying thanks, but no thanks. Arizona State is a heck of a school, but I'm committed."

Halliday also recently was over in Moscow but unlike the Sun Devils, the Vandals aren't trying to get him to change his mind.

"My dad played college football with Mark Criner, their defensive coordinator and coach Akey is a family friend. It wasn't an official visit or anything, we just went down there to have dinner with coach Criner and his family. I've known coach Criner since I was a little kid," said Halliday.

BEFORE THE DECEMBER in-home visitation period came to a close, Paul Wulff and Sturdy were by to sit down with Halliday and his parents.

"My parents really loved them, they thought they were great," said Halliday. "I talk to coach Sturdy every week and feel like I'm building a good relationship there..Both of us are just football junkies. We talk about everything from pro football to Jeff Tuel's progression to where he sees me fitting in there.

"Coach Sturdy, you can just tell, he really wants to win…he is so, so excited for this summer because he feels he'll have finally gotten the guys in there they needed. They know it's not going to be a perfect turnaround season but they know they're on the right path."

HALLIDAY WILL REDSHIRT his freshman season at WSU, allowing him to pack on some weight and muscle and also to put some separation between him and the other quarterbacks in the crimson fold. He won't be on the field on Saturdays but will, however, be participating in other ways -- and especially on the road.

"The plan is to redshirt and I totally agree with that, I'm looking forward to doing that actually," said Halliday. "What is going to be nice is I'm going to redshirt but coach Wulff said the plan is to have me travel with the team even though I'm going to redshirt. And I think that's awesome…I think that will really help me…and I'll be there to do anything I can to help (the quarterbacks)," said Halliday.

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NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Halliday is averaging 14 ppg and six rebounds on the hardcourt this season. Ferris (2-3) has been hit devastated with injury, they played three of their games with only seven players, one of whom had to be called up from the junior varsity squad. Things are beginning to look brighter, however. "We're slowly getting guys back," said Halliday.

  • Two future Cougs will be going at it in the paint a week from Tuesday. Halliday and Aaron Dunn, future Cougar TE, have become very close friends this past year, and Ferris and Mead will match up on Jan. 5. "I get to go at Aaron Dunn a little bit," laughed Halliday. "I don't play a true post but I'm sure I'll get him down there a little bit."


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