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Waller gets noticed at linebacker

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As Corey Waller continues to make the transition from defensive end to linebacker, the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly prospect is slowly and steadily picking up some offers and is getting lots more interest.
Oregon is the latest school to pick it up for Waller, who recently said at the Air Strike Passing Tournament that linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Don Pellum has been in contact and that an offer might be coming soon.
"Teams are looking at me at linebacker now," Waller said. "I talked to coach Pellum and he wanted to see some game film from our spring game and from the passing leagues and they wanted to see me at linebacker. He said they could offer me after they see the film.
"That would be really big. I don't know how big but that offer would be really big right there."
Waller, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect, has offers from Washington, Washington State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Idaho. He recently worked out at UCLA, plans to be at USC again soon and is making the rounds trying to prove to coaches he can be a top-notch linebacker in college.
Rivals.com rates him as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the 2011 class and the No. 32 prospect in the California top 100 and Waller, who has an outstanding frame and lots of potential, could move up the list as he continues to get accustomed to his new position.
"I'm starting to like it because I get to blitz still and I get to rush the passer so it's something new," Waller said.
Something to watch in Waller's recruitment is Poly teammate Kameron Jackson, who committed to Washington in early April and is ranked as the No. 93 prospect in the California rankings.
Nothing has been assured but Waller said he and Jackson have discussed playing together in college and since Jackson's commitment to Washington is firm it could point Waller in the direction of the Huskies, depending on how his offer list changes in the coming months.
"He's still talking to me," Waller said. "We most likely will go to the same school and do that thing right."
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