Huskies top Waller's list

Bad news came out Tuesday that in-state DE Charlie Hopkins, from Gonzaga Prep, had verballed to Stanford. However, the news wasn't all bad for the Huskies Tuesday night, as Long Beach (Ca.) Poly DE/LB Corey Waller admitted the Huskies top his list of suitors...

Waller's teammate Kameron Jackson is already a verbal to the Huskies and on Tuesday night he admitted his friend and teammate has been after him to commit to Washington as well.

"He lets me hear it," Waller said with a chuckle. "He wants me to join him up there and he always talks about all the guys we know that are up there and that we could all be playing together."

Teams have been slow to offer the talented prospect simply because they see him at linebacker instead of what he currently plays for the Jack Rabbits.

"I know I'm going to have to play linebacker, so that's where I've been working out at all the camps," Waller said. "I usually play with my hand down, so it's been different getting used to playing up and in reverse, but I think I'm getting the hang of it and I know I can get it down."

Idaho and Washington are currently Waller's only offers, but he said USC has been coming on strong, along with Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA.

"All of them keep telling me they want to see me more on film and see what I can do at linebacker," Waller said. "I'm going to go to a few camps and meet with some coaches and then I'll see where I stand.

"Even if I get a bunch of offers, Washington will still be at the top because they are the school that believed in me and what I could do first. I really like the coaches there a lot and what they have done up there.

"Coach (Johnny) Nansen and I talk a lot and he just tells me about what they are building up there and some of the big-time alums from the school. I know a little about their history and how they are the only other Pac 10 school to win a National Championship other than USC, so that is something they are really proud of."

Waller said after he camps at the schools he plans to visit -- USC, UCLA, Arizona State -- he will sit down and weigh things.

"I want to decide before my season, so that's sorta the time table I'm working on," Waller said. "If I'm not ready though, then I won't decide early, but I think I will be and I'll just end it so I can focus on my senior season."

As junior last season, Waller posted 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and an interception from his hybrid defensive end/linebacker position.

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