Corey Waller took his first official visit to Washington this past weekend and he saw an overtime thriller against Oregon State.
Even more importantly, he got to talk with the players and coaches as the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly outside linebacker might be getting closer to a decision.
"It was cool," Waller said. "It was a nice experience. 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."
Washington is one of four programs still being strongly considered by Waller, a three-star prospect rated No. 18 at outside linebacker and No. 32 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, and a decision could come soon.
The stiffest competition is coming from USC, which offered last week after coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans' staff had an opportunity to review Waller's highlight film. Kiffin told Waller USC has targeted him for some time and just needed to see his first game to send out the offer.
Waller, who finished with 82 tackles, 10 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery last season, has already taken an unofficial visit to USC and the Poly standout has also been in close contact with USC assistant coach Kennedy Pola.
"I've been thinking about that a lot," Waller said about making a commitment soon. "I'm still thinking about my top four schools right now."
The other two in contention are Oregon State and Boise State but those are probably long shots at this point.
Washington was the first to offer and Poly teammate Kameron Jackson, a three-star cornerback, is already committed to the Huskies. But USC has been Waller's dream school so the Trojans are definitely a strong choice as well.