Washington State redshirt sophomore quarterback Connor Neville won’t be a Cougar in 2019. Where he will play remains to be determined. Neville announced the news about his transfer on his Twitter account on Monday.
While sharing a screenshot image of an email from the NCAA to confirm he has officially been entered into the NCAA transfer portal, Neville bluntly let the world know he is now eligible to have contact with any potential recruiters and coaches looking to add him to their program.
Neville was a three-star recruit in Washington State’s Class of 2017. Even though the Cougars are losing Gardner Minshew to the NFL this year, Mike Leach seems to be able to plug in whatever quarterback he wants and get the kind of production he expects through the air. With Minshew moving on and Neville apparently ready to find a new home, the quarterback position is still pretty deep this spring. Redshirt senior Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon, redshirt sophomore John Bledsoe (the son of former Washington State and NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe), redshirt freshman Cammon Cooper and freshman Gunner Cruz already kept the position pretty stocked for this spring. The addition of Gage Gubrud as a graduate transfer from Eastern Washington only made the position a little more crowded, and some expect Gubrud to compete for the starting job.
After redshirting in his 2017 season, Neville did not appear in a game for the Cougars in 2018. According to Neville, Washington State will sign a runoff waiver for Neville to allow him to be eligible to play immediately this fall for any other program in the country, including FBS programs. Neville will have three years of eligibility to use wherever he lands next.