There is no question, Travis Waller is one of the big guns still out there as far as quarterbacks are concerned. And Alabama is making a serious play for him.
It may be working. Waller (6-3/190) told Saturday Down South that the Crimson Tide are one of the two schools he is most interested in, considering only schools that have offered so far. Northwestern is the other. He had a very positive phone call with Nick Saban recently and plans to travel to Tuscaloosa soon. Bama offered in mid May.
“I just like the coaches’ philosophy off the field,” Waller texted Saturday Down South this morning. “(Saban) said that’s what makes them great also … the things off the field.”
Waller’s reply to SDS when asked if Alabama could realistically land him: “Yes they can.”
With the debate surrounding Torrance Gibson and whether he should be categorized a quarterback or athlete, Waller is actually the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the nation left uncommitted–and he’s the No. 79 overall prospect. He’s a California native who looks like Oregon’s top target now, while Ohio State would also like him–and both of those schools seem on the verge of offering Waller now that Kyler Murray bypassed the Ducks for Texas A&M and Gibson appears to be bypassing the Buckeyes for the SEC. Waller told SDS this morning that he has no hard feelings towards Oregon and Ohio State and if they offer, they will be seriously considered also.
He’ll be ready.
“When you choose your college it’s like picking your wife and making sure she is the right one,” Waller told SDS. “And I always speak my mind.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.