WSU hosted a large contingent of junior recruits at practice on Saturday

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The WSU Cougars hosted more than 70 high school prospects at practice Saturday as part of a junior day for recruits and got a huge commitment out of it.

Wilsonville (Ore.) quarterback Connor Neville was one of the biggest names in Pullman this weekend, and per his Twitter account, he committed to the Cougars right after their Saturday practice.

“I would like to thank coach (Eric) Mele and coach (Mike) Leach for recruiting me through the process and giving me a chance to play at such a wonderful school,” Neville said in the tweet announcing his commitment to WSU.

Neville’s commitment is huge for the Cougars particularly because they did not sign a quarterback — Bellevue’s Justus Rogers was technically recruited as an athlete — in their 2016 class and had made that position a top priority for 2017.

Neville (6-foot-2, 193 pounds) picked WSU over offers from Boise State and Hawaii. He’s rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and threw for 3,110 yards and 37 touchdowns, while only recording eight interceptions last season at Wilsonville High.

Tight end Ben Moos, the son of WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos, Skyline High offensive lineman Henry Bainivalu and Bishop Gorman (Nev.) offensive tackle Jacob Isaia were among the recruits who attended WSU’s practice on Saturday.

“I thought it was a pretty good response,” WSU coach Mike Leach said in regard to the number of prospects who came out to Pullman this weekend. “It was a good group and there was a lot of linemen in the group.”

Practice notes:

— There were several drops by the Cougars’ receivers Saturday morning, but Luke Falk did hit Gabe Marks for a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone at the end of the team period, and running back James Williams continued to impress, reeling off a 50-yard run.

— The first team defense has been hit by some attrition. Cornerback Marcellus Pippins was walking around wearing the yellow nylon mesh pinny that indicates some sort of injury. And defensive lineman Dan Ekuale wore the same yellow pinny and had a walking boot on his left foot.

— With Ekuale out, junior college transfer Garrett McBroom got his first reps of the spring with the starting defense at defensive end and redshirt freshman Hunter Mattox worked with the second team. Treshon Broughton filled in for Pippins across from Darrien Molton at the left cornerback spot, and had a nice pass breakup on a vertical route by Isaiah Johnson. His promotion allowed Deion Singleton to take second team reps at left cornerback.

— Running back Keith Harrington and linebacker Isaac Dotson are also among the walking wounded at the moment. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said this week he’s unsure when Dotson will be able to return, while running backs coach Jim Mastro said Saturday that Harrington should be back in action some time this spring.

— Running back Jamal Morrow is also having a solid spring. He said Saturday that his primary focus between now and the fall is to develop his ability to extend runs, break for long gains and make more cuts. When asked about the DUI he was charged with in January, Morrow said, “It was a careless, dumb mistake. You learn from it, don’t let it happen again and just move on from it.”