Two Offers Are Soaking up the Full Attention of 2018 DT John Waller

Two scholarship offers are grasping the full attention of Florida-based 2018 defensive tackle, John Waller.

John Waller continues to play the waiting game with a pair of SEC schools, but dishes out the two offers soaking up his full attention at this time.

Waller, a three-star defensive tackle out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut, is also just days removed from earning offers from IllinoisMississippi StateFlorida InternationalFlorida Atlantic and Purdue.

"FloridaSouth FloridaAuburn and Illinois," Waller said when asked about his top schools. "My favorite schools are Auburn and Florida, and I'm waiting for them to come through (with offers)."

Andrew Hayes-Stoker, the receivers coach on Lovie Smith's staff, is the Illinois staff member who recently delivered the pleasant news to Waller.

"Me personally, I've never been to Illinois, but by the things I've heard from the staff so far, I know that they're really interested in me being a future Illinois player," Waller said. "They want me to visit their school this summer, but I don't know if that will happen with the work schedule I have.

"I just recently received (coach Hayes-Stoker's) number and he keeps me updated on a lot of things going on."

Waller, 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, says nearby USF is the school currently pushing the hardest for his services in the trenches.

"I feel like USF is a top five for me because they are the school showing the most love out of everyone I've talked to so far," Waller said.

Coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs did all their homework prior to dishing out an offer to Waller, who also welcome in one of their staff members for last month's spring game.

"Mississippi State, where do I start?" Waller said. "From the start, when they first came to see me, (running backs) coach (Greg) Knox and coach Brian Baker were filled with energy. Coach Knox came to our spring game and really loved me and the way I played the ball as a d-lineman.

"Coach Brian Baker is actually their d-line coach. He's the one who offered me and really wants me to come to camps, but still, I have a work schedule I have to attend every week."

Waller, who is armed with additional offers from Iowa StateIndianaSyracuse and Louisville among others, has no visits scheduled at this time.

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