Corey Waller made a surprise visit to Boise State this past weekend and the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker is glad he did not only because he liked the campus but he also picked up another offer.
"I had a meeting with coach (Chris) Petersen and he said they watched my film and he said he saw my hand in the dirt all of last year so he pictured me at outside linebacker doing the job so he offered me a scholarship," Waller said.
"I'm thinking I can probably see myself there. I'd be able to play there. Coach Petersen was telling me they're thin on linebackers so I can come in and play early."
Rivals.com rates Waller as the No. 18 outside linebacker nationally and No. 32 in the California state rankings. He now has offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect plans to visit Washington the weekend of Oct. 16 when the Huskies host Oregon State and he'd like to also visit Oregon but Boise State has moved way up the charts after his weekend visit.
Washington had been considered a favorite because of his relationship with the Huskies' staff and Poly teammate Kameron Jackson has already committed there.
Not only does he like the Boise State coaching staff and players but also the campus and the surrounding area - a surprise since he thought it would be more country life than what it ended up being.
"It was good for me because it widens out my options," said Waller, who'd like to take all five official visits. "I got a good look at what a great campus and what a great football program looks like.
"When I first got down there I thought Idaho was going to be the country, like potato town, but you have the school and it's a great college campus, there is a lot of college life there so it changed my perspective and it's really cool.
"The players on the team and the coaches are really down-to-earth. They don't try to persuade you or anything so I really like it."
Long Beach Poly is 2-2 this season. The Jackrabbits have beaten Bakersfield and Harbor City Narbonne and lost to Ventura St. Bonaventure and Mission Viejo. They visit Long Beach Jordan this weekend.