Quite a Weekend for Waller

The Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback, Travis Waller, received an invite to the Elite 11 Finals and a big SEC offer...

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller (6-4, 192), has had quite the weekend, and there is still much more to happen.

With a visit to California on Saturday afternoon and the Oakland NFTC on Sunday, Waller has more on the plate.

But Friday night and Saturday morning kicked off the weekend for him, with an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton handed over on Friday at the Elite 11 Regional Camp in Oakland and then an offer from Alabama on Saturday morning.

"I did not expect it," said Waller about the invitation and the offer. "I knew I worked very hard to get here. Last year, the quarterbacks had the name and I didn't really know where I stood. But this year, I came out full speed ahead and then I earned the invitation. And I'm blessed to receive the offer from Alabama."

Waller was one of the top performers at the Los Angeles NFTC in March and then backed it up with another sharp showing on Friday night at the Elite 11 Regional to get the invitation.

He'll be back on Sunday to throw at the Oakland NFTC, but without the pressure of trying to earn the golden ticket to The Opening.

Instead, he can just work on getting better as a quarterback, which he's done all offseason.

"I worked with Coach Steve Clarkson a lot and he's helped my game," said Waller. "One thing I want to be known for is as a pocket passer. I've been known as a guy who can run but I want to be known as a pocket passer."

Waller has had a slew of schools come watch him throw and next week a couple more Pac-12 schools will be back down.

"I'm not rattled when coaches come to watch me throw," said Waller. "I treat it like every other practice and every practice, I treat it like it's a game."

Ohio State watched Waller throw on Thursday.

"Coach (Tom) Herman came and watched me throw and he said he was impressed on tape, but that my mechanics were off on tape, so when he saw me in person, he saw they've changed so much and look so much better. A lot of coaches have told me that," said Waller. "He said he wants me to call him on Sunday."

Next week, Oregon and Oregon State will be coming to watch Waller throw.

"Oregon State is coming down, though I'm not sure who is coming, but I know Coach (Scott) Frost from Oregon is coming to watch me throw this next week," said Waller.

Waller said he's hoping his showing this weekend will give him another big push from coaches.

"After the Vegas 7v7, I picked up like two or three offers so we'll see how things go after this," said Waller.

Waller owns 13 offers but said a handful of schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"From my offers, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Cal are recruiting me the hardest," said Waller.

Even Waller has been surprised by how much his stock has soared this spring.

"To be honest, I didn't know I was capable of this," said Waller. "I know I have a long ways to go, but I have a lot of confidence in myself to be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation."

Waller said no decision is imminent.

"I'll definitely decide going into my senior year so my focus can be on my senior season and focus on my team, but I'm not trying to rush my decision," said Waller.

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