Waller Waiting Process Out

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end/outside linebacker Corey Waller is not in a rush to decide, and he'll take in a couple of camps, including one at UCLA, during the summer, as he makes the transition from defensive end to linebacker...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end/outside linebacker Corey Waller (6-2, 207) is now sitting on three offers, all from the Northwest.

Washington was the first school to offer him, then Idaho followed suit and finally, Washington State threw their hat in the ring this week.

"Hopefully more will be coming," said Waller. "Pretty much the whole Pac-10 came by during the spring, evaluating me, seeing how I'm doing at linebacker."

Waller played defensive end for the Jackrabbits last fall, but projects to an outside backer in college.

"I think with some colleges, they don't know what I could do at linebacker so they haven't offered yet," said Waller. "Like SC said they want to wait till I go to camp and they want to see how I do during summer. And I'm willing to wait for more offers. Oregon wants me to come up there, and I'm hearing from Boise State, Arizona State, Cal and UCLA."

Waller said that his top schools list is headed by the Huskies.

"Washington is my number one and then I like Oregon, USC, Cal, Miami and UCLA," said Waller. "I'm going to SC's Rising Stars Camp and UCLA's camp and then to B2G Elite Camp and then the 7on7 in Alabama."

Waller said that he would like to play defensive end in college, but understands linebacker is where his future likely is.

"At first I felt like I didn't want to do linebacker, but now I want to do it," said Waller. "It's fun, there are more options at linebacker. I can still rush the passer, blitz the quarterback and do what I need to do but also drop into coverage. I like linebacker and I've been working at camps at linebacker so I can get familiar with it, so when coaches watch me they know what I can do."

Waller though, doesn't count out a hybrid role sooner rather than later.

"I'm playing linebacker this year for Poly, but depending on how big I get, I can play hybrid or even defensive end in college," said Waller.

Academically, Waller has a 2.9 and achieved a qualifying score on the ACT.

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


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