Corey Waller said all along that he'd like to make his college decision before the playoffs and with Long Beach (Calif.) Poly facing Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei this weekend there was not better time to make his pledge known.
Waller, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star outside linebacker, said in a text message Wednesday night that he has decided to commit to Washington.
He also had USC, Boise State and Oregon State in his top four and had offers from Cincinnati, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho and Washington State but Washington won out.
"I'm a Dawg," Waller said in the text message.
Waller was unavailable for comment but it's a big pick up for the Huskies, who now have received commitments from two Long Beach Poly standouts - Waller and three-star cornerback Kameron Jackson, who's been in the class since April.
Rivals.com rates Waller No. 16 at outside linebacker nationally and No. 32 in the California state rankings. Jackson is No. 40 at his position and No. 93 in the state.
"It was a nice experience," Waller said after he visited Washington in October. "The city was pretty comfortable, it feels like home and the thing that impressed me most was the scenery. The players and the coaches, talking with them, was a really good experience, too.
"It felt good to just be up there and it was exactly what I expected. Washington is up-and-coming. They are definitely on the rise."