Trip Report - Corey Waller

Even though he recently got offered by the school he grew up following, Long Beach (Ca.) Poly Corey Waller maintains that the Washington Huskies remain 'Right at the Top' for his services. He took a trip to Montlake this weekend and said he came away even more impressed with the visit that he had imagined...

"The crowd was hyped, it was a great game," Waller said about sitting in the stands for Washington's thrilling 35-34 double-overtime win over Oregon State. "The players went out and played on fire and they had passion. It was a lot of fun to watch and the outcome was what I had expected."

Waller's host on his trip were a pair of Huskies -- Victor Burnett and Johri Fogerson -- who didn't participate in the game, but they were able to give him some perspective on Washington.

"Johri is from Seattle, so he knows a lot of history about the program," Waller said. "Victor, he and I are from the same part of California, so it was good to get his thoughts on things and what made him choose Washington.

"I'd say the highlight was the game and the crowd and getting to meet all the players and just get to know them better."

Waller said he spoke with linebackers coach Mike Cox quite a bit and the two have a good relationship.

"They like me as a linebacker, so he and I have gotten to know each other real well," Waller said. "He's a no-nonsense guy and I like that a lot about him.

"He's real straight-up and he'll tell it like it is, but he's also a guy who likes to have fun and is intense, so he's someone you love to play for."

With his most recent offer from USC, many assumed it was almost a given he would end up a Trojan, but he said that isn't necessarily the case.

"Yeah, they are the school I grew up loving and stuff, but Washington is right at the top for me," Waller said. "This visit was much more impressive to me than I thought it was going to be.

"I thought about setting up a visit to USC, but I'm probably going to use my officials for out-of-state schools and then I'll think about things and decide."

On Waller's list of possible visit destinations is Oregon, a school who has recently come into the picture.

We'll continue to keep track of Waller's progress and we'll update things as they happen.

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