The USC coaching staff recently had a chance to review highlight film of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly outside linebacker Corey Waller.
That's pretty much all it took for the Trojans to offer and for coach Lane Kiffin to tell Waller, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect, they're highly interested in securing his commitment.
Waller, a three-star recruit rated No. 18 at outside linebacker nationally and No. 32 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, could be close to making his pledge with USC, Washington, Boise State and Oregon State his top four schools.
"(Kiffin) said he saw one of my game films and he said he liked the way I played and he wants me to become a Trojan," Waller said.
"He said they were following me from last year but they just wanted to see my first game and that I looked good. That's definitely one of my top offers, definitely. … I feel like I may be close to a commitment out of those four."
Waller has already taken an unofficial visit to USC this season and has been in contact with Kiffin and offensive coordinator/running backs coach Kennedy Pola lately.
Although the Trojans have moved way up on his list after the offer, Waller will still take his first official visit to Washington this weekend and the Huskies are still being seriously considered.
Not only was Washington Waller's first offer but Poly teammate Kameron Jackson, a three-star cornerback, has already committed there. It's a big deal for Waller that Washington was the first program to take notice of him.
"Washington was the first one to see my talent and they were the first to offer," Waller said. "I appreciate that from Washington and how they looked at me. I really respect them for that."
Long Beach Poly, which defeated previously-unbeaten Lakewood, Calif., last weekend, has a bye this weekend. Waller said he could be close to a commitment in the next couple weeks and almost definitely before playoffs start.