Commitment Impact: Corey Waller

Washington got some good news last week when Long Beach (Ca.) Poly LB Corey Waller, one of the top defensive prospects in the Golden State, decided to end his recruitment and committed to the Huskies over offers from several schools including USC. Here's a look at how his commitment impacts the 2011 recruiting class and how he will fit into things once he arrives at Montlake...

Waller played mainly with his hand on the ground up until this season when he started playing a more traditional linebacker role.

As a junior in 2009, Waller was all over the field for the Jackrabbits posting 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and an interception.

This season much was expected from him, but he's struggled with some injuries and only recently returned the field.

That allowed him to spend some extra time pondering his college destination and he decided to end the recruiting process on Wednesday, informing the Husky coaching staff he wanted to become a Dawg.

Waller committed to Washington over offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Oregon State, USC and Washington State and was getting heavy interest from Oregon and UCLA as well.

Waller joins Matthew Lyons from Dorsey (Los Angeles) and Scott Lawyer from Oak Grove (San Jose) as the only linebacker commitments for the 2011 recruiting class and he could end up being the last of the true outside linebacker commitments taken, although Washington still has Mullen (Denver) Leilon Willingham and Phoeniz College's Alonzo Highsmith on the hook as well.

Washington will likely only take one of those two and both plan to take trips in the next few weeks as they get closer to making their decisions.

As we discussed on our radio show with's Brandon Huffman, he believes that Waller can play at about 235 or 240 pounds and has a chance to be a hybrid 3-4 linebacker, but it is doubtful that Waller would be able to play with his hand on the ground in a traditional 4-3 defensive end role.

Waller would likely end up playing the WIL (weakside) linebacker position once he gets Montlake, able to sit for a year or two before challenging for playing time.

With Lyons and Lawyer both currently playing at safety weight, Waller might have a chance to fit into the rotation earlier than his classmates, but the Husky coaches may decide to get his speed and athleticism on the field sooner by playing him on special teams.

Washington's linebacking corps loses Mason Foster, Victor Aiyewa and Matt Houston to graduation following the completion of the 2010 season and the staff knows they need to replace those three outside linebacker with talented, athletic players who can use their hands well and have a nose for the ball.

Waller fits in perfectly with that description and should be a welcomed addition once he signs in February.

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