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Waller moves Irish to top group

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Days after four-star quarterback Blake Barnett de-committed from Notre Dame, the Irish were back recruiting a top California signal-caller by offering Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller.
The hottest quarterback in the West this spring, Waller has loaded up on significant offers and he said last weekend at the Air Strike Elite Passing Tournament that Alabama and Northwestern are the favorites.
That has now changed with the Irish offer.
"Definitely that's one of the top schools," Waller said.
"I would have to put it definitely at the top. I know it's a really big program. It's actually kind of a feeder from Servite High School, a lot of people go to Notre Dame, so I know a lot already about Notre Dame. They've filled me with a lot of information and pumping me up so I'm going to take a visit out there and see how it is."
Oregon had been showing significant interest in Waller especially before Barnett backed off his Notre Dame pledge and the Corona (Calif.) Santiago stud took a surprise visit to Eugene earlier this week. It would be no shock if Barnett ended up with the Ducks.
Ohio State has stayed involved for months with Waller, who said USC also remains interested and the Trojans seem to be getting even more serious about offering.
And now there is Notre Dame.
"With Notre Dame in there, it would be Notre Dame, Alabama and Northwestern," Waller said of his favorites, in no order. "I'll be getting out there in June for sure because I'm going to make my decision in July.
"It's definitely big. I would fit in well with the spread offense and passing it around. They really want to use their quarterback and they gave me the opportunity with the offer so I'll go out and see if I want to play there for the next four years."
A round of visits has been planned. Waller wants to see Alabama soon and he could take other trips before making a decision that's planned for July.
Waller, who threw for 12 touchdowns and rushed for 13 scores in his junior season, is another fantastic option as a dual-threat guy for Notre Dame.
He was outstanding at the RCS Southern California and especially at the Pylon Sports 7on7 in Las Vegas this spring. The Servite recruit continued a string of strong performances last weekend at the Air Strike Tournament.
Waller has risen quickly this spring - and now Notre Dame is a viable option.
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