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Waller works on setting up visits

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Corey Waller is still trying to set up his first official visit to Washington this weekend and the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly outside linebacker hopes to set up a few more in the coming weeks.
Oregon State and Hawaii are two possible destinations for Waller, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star prospect who's rated No. 18 at outside linebacker and No. 32 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
Poly teammate Kameron Jackson is already committed to the Huskies and Waller said he's trying to finalize plans to visit for the Nebraska game this weekend. Washington is considered one of Waller's favorites.
"I really like the staff up there," Waller said. "I like (coach Steve Sarkisian) and the defensive scheme was the same scheme they were running at SC so that's good."
Assistant coaches Keith Heyward and Mark Banker have given Waller a good impression about Oregon State and an official visit to Corvallis is expected although a date has not been determined.
Hawaii is also moving up because Waller has heard good things about the program from friend and former Poly linebacker George Daily-Lyles.
"Oregon State is a cool program," Waller said. "Coach Heyward introduced me to the system and I talk to coach Banker. I always watch Oregon State and they seem like the underdogs so when they pull out a victory it looks like they're a pretty talented Pac-10 team.
"My buddy George is at Hawaii and he says he likes it out there. I want to see what it's really like. George started as a redshirt freshman so that's maybe a place where I can start early."
Waller, who finished with 82 tackles and 10 sacks in his junior season, took an unofficial visit to USC last weekend for its game against Virginia. The Trojans have not offered but Waller hopes they do because he's impressed with how Monte Kiffin runs the USC defense.
"It was pretty much the same (as last year), the crowd was really into it," Waller said of the game's atmosphere. "It was a good game. He's pretty impressive. I've been watching his defense since I was little. To be in a system like that is always a plus. I'd love to play under Monte Kiffin."
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