Waller talks Dawgs

He made a low-key commitment and hasn't really spoken to anyone regarding his decision to sign with Washington, but make no mistake, Long Beach (Ca.) Poly LB Corey Waller is excited to be a Husky. Dawgman.com spoke with the talented linebacker prospect recently and he updated us on things including how his knee is healing up after having offseason surgery...

"Things have been going really well for me," Waller told Dawgman.com. "I'm 6'2", 215 right now and I'm back running and just getting ready to head up there and be someone who can help right when I get there.

"I had a scope on my knee, just to clean out some stuff. It was something that was sorta bothering me and we figured it was best to get it taken care of now, so we did it and it went well and now I'm just healing up and running and working out."

Waller said his commitment to Washington back in November had a lot to do with his relationship with the Husky coaching staff and the direction of the program.

"I know everyone thought I was headed to USC if they offered, but that wasn't true," Waller said. "It was my hometown school and I wanted an offer from them, but I was more of a fan of Pete Carroll when he was there and when he left it just wasn't the same.

"Coach (Nick) Holt and coach (Steve) Sarkisian, they were the reasons I loved Washington. I like the defense coach Holt runs and I was talking to Jurrell Casey and he just talked about how aggressive the defense was and why coach Holt was such a great coach."

In addition to loving the Huskies, Waller said he's turned from prospect to recruiter, working on a couple teammates as well as a family member.

"I have already been working on my Poly guys, like Matt (Rowe) and Richy Rich (Richard Smith) and my cousin Darreus Rogers, he's already committed to SC, but I'm working on him too," Waller said. "I thought Kameron (Jackson) was going to go there with me, but he had to make the decision that was best for him.

"I think he'll wish he was a Dawg down the road, but I'm happy for him because we're friends and he had to do what was best for him."

Waller said the Huskies have told him they want him at the strongside (SAM) linebacker position once he arrives and he said watching the Holiday Bowl got him ready to be a Husky more than anything.

"I watched how aggressive they were and how they played and I just wanted to be part of it," Waller said. "I feel like we can be a national power and we're going to win. With the way they played at the end of the season, I'm really excited to see what we can do and how I can help when I get there."

Waller is slated to enroll at Washington in July for the start of the LEAP program and said he'd like to be 225 when he steps on campus.

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