One thing you can count on year in and year out and that's that Long Beach (Calif.) Poly will have football players. It is never a wasted trip for college coaches to stop by the Poly campus just to say hello. One again the Poly Jackrabbits have a player for the class of 2011 who is already drawing raves and will definitely be a highly sought after recruit.
The player in question is defensive end Corey Waller (6-3, 210, 4.6). He first caught the attention of Rivals.com with a standout performance at the USC Rising Star's Camp last June when he was going into his junior season.
Waller caught the attention of the USC coaching staff, too.
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Proving his camp performance wasn't fluke, Waller was outstanding for Poly his junior season, earning all-league and all-CIF honors, after racking up 82 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.
In the weight room, Waller has a current bench of 280 , he squats 420 and he has recorded a 32-inch vertical.
On the recruiting trail, Waller is already getting handwritten letters from UCLA, Cal and Vanderbilt. He is getting computerized introduction letters from just about everyone else coast to coast.
"My favorite schools are Washington, Cal, Oregon, Vanderbilt, UCLA and USC," Waller said. "I'm not sure if I want to leave home or not. I have to see what it looks like. I do like the Pac-10.
"I would like to play hybrid linebacker in college, like (former Poly Jackrabbit) Kenny Rowe," Waller said. "Like a d-end/linebacker.
"Academics will also be important," Waller said. "I want playing time so I will look at the team's depth chart.
"Also how good the coaching staff treat you and what the weather is like," Waller said. "I want to play on a team that has a family atmosphere.
The scouting report on Waller is he play at a 110 percent effort every down he's on the field. He's plays football at a very high intensity level. He's very coachable, has a great attitude and is team oriented. He will play whatever position the coach wants to put him at and he will excel. He also has a non-stop motor that runs full speed whistle to whistle.