Anaheim (Calif.) Servite HS
6-foot-3, 195-poundsCommitment Date — July 1, 2014 How He Became A Duck — Oregon courted several quarterbacks earlier this spring and summer. Jarrett Stidham, Blake Barnett, Brady White, Kyler Murray, Sam Darnold and Deondre Francois, all four and five-star prospects, were some of the names the Ducks went after, but they finally found a true match in Waller. Despite receiving a late offer after the Ducks struck out on a few of the aforementioned prospects, Waller, the eighth-best quarterback in the 2015 class according to Scout, pledged his verbal commitment to Oregon in July on the same day as Beaumont (Tex.) defensive back James Locke III. Since then, Waller has been one of the more vocal recruiters for Oregon by trying to lure SPARQ national champion Kirk Merritt and four-star wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins to Eugene. Quote — On his progress during his senior year: “It’s like night and day. The game is very slowed down. Where everybody thinks it’s fast-paced, it’s slowed down for me. The reads, I can pick off defenses left and right. I know when to hit the windows. That’s what I took from Elite 11.” What he brings to the table — It’s hard to remember a time when the Ducks didn’t have a dual-threat quarterback leading their offense. Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas all had the ability to impact games with their arms and legs and Waller is no different. He threw for 1,692 yards, 14 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 54.5 percent completion rate for the Friars during his senior season according to MaxPreps.com. He ran for another 840 yards and 13 touchdowns, proving to be a lethal dual-threat prospect. While he ran for fewer yards than he did during his junior season, he ran for the same number of touchdowns and passing numbers improved. Waller’s long legs are a huge asset to his playing style as he shows an ability to break away from defenses on film. Running a spread offense, he utilizes the read option to his advantage for big gains, something the Ducks hope he’ll be able to replicate in their offense sometime in the future. Waller enjoyed success at the Elite 11 camp over the summer where he was one of the quarterbacks that improved each day out in Beaverton. His throwing motion has been the topic of much discussion, but as he’s worked on it his accuracy has improved. As he continues to work on it and gain experience, his upside will continue to grow. Dubbed by some as Oregon’s quarterback of the future, he certainly fits the bill. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
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