Spring Will Be Big for Waller

Several schools are expected to watch the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly prospect, Corey Waller, work at linebacker, the position he projects to play in college, including UCLA, where he plans to camp in June...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end/outside linebacker Corey Waller (6-2, 207) was one of the stalwarts of Poly's squad last fall.

This year, it will be much of the same for Waller, the anchor of the Jackrabbits' defense, as he tries to get Poly back to the top of the Moore League.

An all-league selection last fall, Waller led a young and inexperienced Poly team that won the CIF-SS title the year before. They took their lumps, but return the core nucleus for the upcoming season.

Waller has been playing defensive end for the Jackrabbits, but knows his future in college will put him at linebacker.

"I've just got two offers right now, but all the schools I've been talking with have said they're coming in May to watch me as a linebacker and I think I'll end up with more offers after they see me," said Waller.

Waller worked exclusively at linebacker at last weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Los Angeles and earned All-Combine honors at the U.S. Army Combine by Scout.com in January.

Now he's hoping to see more offers roll in.

"I think Arizona State could be next to offer me," said Waller. "They've been talking to me the most. And maybe Arizona. They're coming in May too."

Waller said he's got five schools that are standing out.

"My top five is Washington, Idaho, USC, UCLA and Miami," said Waller, the Huskies and Vandals having already offered.

Waller is planning to attend camps at USC and UCLA this summer.

"UCLA likes me a lot, all of the coaches are talking with me and they want me to come to their camp," said Waller. "USC, I was at the Rising Stars Camp last year and I'm going back and working at linebacker and hopefully they'll offer me too."

Waller said spending the spring at linebacker has been good for him.

"Since schools are mostly looking at me at linebacker, I'm doing just linebacker at the camps, so I can get more comfortable," said Waller. "I'm playing defensive end for Poly still, but since I'm playing linebacker in college, I'm working there."

Waller is also playing on Team 1925 at the 7on7 National Championships in Alabama.

Academically, he has a 2.9 and took the SAT in March.

Last fall, Waller had 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and an interception.


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