Corey Waller has picked up his second Pac-10 offer but it was the first offer from that conference that still stands out the most as the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly outside linebacker prepares to attend some camps.
Washington State is the newest offer for Waller, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect who finished with 82 tackles, 10 sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery in his junior season. The Cougars are certainly under strong consideration.
"Washington State was telling me they saw my film and I play the game the way it's supposed to be played," Waller said.
"They like me at d-end. They asked me what position do I want to play and I told them I was falling in love with linebacker so they said it doesn't really matter. They saw my film and wanted to offer me right away."
Even though Washington State has moved up on Waller's list after it offered, Washington is still the leader for a couple reasons.
The Huskies offered first, showing Waller that they really wanted him and Poly teammate Kameron Jackson has already committed. Those are two factors weighing on Waller's decision as his recruitment continues to heat up.
"That was my first offer," Waller said of Washington. "When they came to the game last season and they saw me play in the second playoff game, coach (Nick) Holt was there and he saw me.
"When I got my first offer from them and Kameron committed I felt like they really needed me. I feel like they want me. They're feeling me the most so far. I want to play on a team that wants me as bad as I want them. I like Washington."
Idaho is still in the running for Waller because he has a strong relationship with assistant coach Luther Carr but it appears the Vandals are a stretch at this point especially since the Poly linebacker has two Pac-10 offers.
Cal, Oregon, Florida International and Arizona State have been showing more interest in Waller, who said he could be close to making a decision after the upcoming USC Rising Stars Camp but wasn't certain about a timetable.