One of the top local players in attendance was Long Beach Poly LB/DE Corey Waller. The three-star recruit welcomed the chance to compete against some of the top players in the 2011 class.
"When you test yourself against the top talent you are taking the challenge to make yourself better," Waller said. "I like making myself better and being around elite players, so I can be one of those elite players."
Waller made a name for himself by recording 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a defensive end for the Jackrabbits in 2009, but he projects as an outside linebacker on the college level.
"I have two different types of personalities," he explained. "At defensive end I can be a finesse guy and get right past you, and at linebacker I'm a more serious type of guy. I like to set the tone."
The 6-2.5, 210-pound standout is just beginning to make the transition to his new position, but has been pleased with his progress.
"It's going good for me. I am learning things every time the coaches are telling me stuff," he said. "I am just trying to soak up all the knowledge."
While at USC, he was able to get hands-on coaching from Joe Barry and Monte Kiffin, two highly respected defensive minds.
"I am soaking up all the knowledge from some of the greats," he said of the pair. "After I made some plays the coaches were giving me high-fives and jumping in the air. They were telling me that I was doing good."
He also got the chance to play next to middle linebacker Anthony Wallace, and came away very impressed by the talented Texan.
"(Wallace) knew all the stuff," he said. "I am new to linebacker, and I saw him, and man he knows his stuff."
Waller plans to talk with the coaching staff on Thursday and hopes that his performance could earn him a scholarship offer.
"I think I had a solid performance," he said. "If I get an offer from USC, I will have a different perspective on colleges, because if I have an offer from there it means you can play anywhere."
And have the recent sanctions had any impact on his view of the Trojans?
"With everything going on, it's still USC," he said. ‘To me, I still like USC no matter what people are saying.
"SC is still going to be SC."
Corey Waller was one of the top local players at the Rising Stars Camp.
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