March 11, 2010

LB Poly star getting looks at LB

Southern California powerhouse Long Beach Poly is known for cranking out Division I talent. Judging by the amount of film requests for Corey Waller, the explosive athlete could be the next name added to the list.

 "ASU has asked for my highlight tape," Waller said. "Miami asked for my highlight tape. Michigan. UCLA wanted it.

"I want to send my highlight tape but I just need to tell them that it's on Rivals so I don't have to send it to them. That's what I need to start doing."

Waller recently received an early offer from Washington. As more schools show interest, Waller has had to devote more and more time to thinking about his future.

"I think about it every day," he said. "I like Washington because of Steve Sarkisian, Nick Holt and (linebackers) coach Cox. I don't know about everything yet, I'm just looking at what they're offering.

"I'd say my top five are SC, Cal, Miami, UCLA and Washington is already in there."

After playing defensive end during his junior year in high school, Waller is preparing to play standing up at linebacker instead of having a hand in the dirt. With spring ball already in full swing for the Jackrabbits, he is focused on improving in certain areas.

"It's mainly just the passing game," Waller said. "I have the run game down. Just learning the plays, the calls and coverages to where they're second nature. Defensive end is just go hit the quarterback versus I have to be smart at linebacker at the same time. I'm going to get there though."

The possibility of playing linebacker has attracted the attention of the new USC coaching staff. Although Waller had a breakout performance at last year's Rising Stars Camp, he is planning on doing the same at linebacker for this year's edition.

"Coach Barry told me to get my reps at linebacker because that's what they're looking at me as," Waller said. "Coach (Orgeron) and Coach Barry told me to call them and email them. So I've called them and they told me to come to the Rising Stars Camp and stay in contact with them. They were just telling me how they recruited old school Poly players and about (USC) and stuff. They seem to like me."

After forging relationships with the coaches during USC's Junior Day, Waller is confident that the high standards set by Pete Carroll will remain in place with the new staff.

"SC will still be SC," he said. "I don't think much will change. I think this year they're going to go all out. I like their recruiting class and the coaching staff.

"I did some research. I looked up what they did at Tennessee. Coach O and coach Barry, they have NFL ties. They just really know what they're talking about."

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