After a 2016 recruiting cycle in which WSU did not take a quarterback, despite a couple initial verbal commitments, Mike Leach got one this time as Connor Neville signed his LOI Wednesday. Neville was one of the earliest 2017 commits, doing so back in early April, 2016.
Eric Mele was the primary recruiter for Neville, who hails from Wilsonville, Oregon. Neville listed other offers from Hawaii and Boise State. He took his official visit to WSU on January 13, and has been one of the most solidly-committed prospects in this class.
Scout ranks him as the number one quarterback in Oregon, and the number eight quarterback in the West, rating him a four-star prospect. The 6-foot-1, 186-pounder is WSU’s only recruit from that state. ESPN ranks Neville is the 44th overall prospect in the West, the ninth best quarterback nationally and the third-best recruit from Oregon, also giving him four stars. ESPN also lists him as a defensive tackle, which, ???
Neville’s junior and senior seasons at Wilsonville High School were very good, and quite similar. In 2015, he averaged 10.1 yards-per-attempt, throwing 37 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. As a senior, he averaged 9.5 YPA and threw 35 TDs and 10 interceptions.
Unless something goes horribly awry, expect Neville to redshirt in 2016 while learning the Air Raid behind both RS Sophomore Tyler Hilinski and one of the conference’s top returning quarterbacks in Luke Falk.
Strong arm with proclivity to roll right and throw across formation to left hash or sideline. Deep ball has good touch, rarely underthrows receiver. Medium range balls are very catchable, generally throws to proper side of receiver’s body. Quick release. Pocket footwork can use some cleaning up, and seems more comfortable in a moving pocket. Good elusiveness, and will play through contact to escape.
- Jesse Cassino
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★★
247 Sports - ★★★
ESPN - ★★★★
Position - QB
Hometown - Wilsonville, OR
Height - 6-foot-1
Weight - 186 pounds