Waller Shines at UCLA's Camp

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly outside linebacker Corey Waller is staying diligent with camps, including a strong showing at UCLA's over the weekend, while waiting for more...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end/outside linebacker Corey Waller (6-2, 210) has five offers and is hoping that number six comes soon.

With offers from Washington, Washington State, Idaho, Fresno State and Colorado State already in, Waller is anxious to add another one, and it could be coming soon.

"(UCLA linebackers) Coach (Clark) Lea sounds like he's foreshadowing a little bit and he told me to call him (Wednesday) because Coach (Rick) Neuheisel wants to talk to me," said Waller. "I really want the offer because I like UCLA."

Waller was one of the top performers at UCLA's camp on Sunday, and he's confident his performance will give him an option close to home.

"I worked out at outside linebacker and also played middle so I showed I can play all of the linebacker spots," said Waller. "I like being in the middle, so I can run plays, but being on the outside there is more action."

Waller has been diligent in attending camps this spring and summer, and working out exclusively at linebacker, despite playing with his hand down for Poly.

Sunday, he was running on fumes after a long weekend of 7on7 tournaments.

"I was tired, man," said Waller. "We just came back from the Dana Hills tournament last week, then had practice all week, then we had the Saugus tournament and then we had the UCLA camp, but I thought I did good."

On Wednesday, Waller will be at USC's Rising Stars Camp, auditioning for what he hopes is another Pac-10 offer.

"Coach O (Ed Orgeron) said he wanted to see me come to two sessions so I'm heading out there to show what I can do," said Waller.

In addition to the two Los Angeles schools, Oregon has been picking up the pace of late with Waller.

"For a lot of schools, it's not so much wanting to see senior film, it's just seeing me workout at linebacker," said Waller.

Waller said he's got a top five, and it's exclusively Pac-10 schools.

"It's not in order but my top five is Washington, Cal, USC, UCLA and Oregon," said Waller. "That's who I've gotten the most attention from right now, the Pac-10, or really, the Pac-12. And I would have to say Washington is my leader. When they recruited me, I felt like it was time someone showed interest, and it was a Pac-10 school and they've made me feel like a priority. I talk with Coach (Johnny) Nansen and Coach (Demetrice) Martin."

Waller said he's not in too big of a rush to decide, but at the same time, is eager for more options.

"It's getting real confusing because I want offers from schools, but don't know what they're waiting on," said Waller. "I mean, I want to have some kind of idea of where I want to go before the season, I want to come into the season not worrying about the school, and just play the season. But I also want to do some official visits."

Waller said he's hoping to add at least ten more pounds by the fall.

"I'm going to be at least 220 with the same speed," 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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