QB Travis Waller is official; Ducks wait on Vernon Adams
The Oregon Ducks added an intriguing prospect at quarterback on national signing day, while still waiting on Vernon Adams to decide whether he stays at Eastern Washington or heads to Eugene.
Travis Waller made it official Wednesday, although he announced his decision back in December. He's planning to be in school in time for spring football at Oregon, joining five other early enrollees.
Waller, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound dual-threat, is a four-star recruit out of Servite High School in Southern California, where he passed for 1,797 yards and 12 touchdowns, and ran for 815 yards and 13 scores his senior year. Often compared to Dennis Dixon, he has only played at QB for two years and is a likely redshirt in the upcoming season.
Oregon is looking at its options at quarterback following the early departure of Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who set a Pac-12 record for total touchdowns this past season with 58, including 42 via pass, 15 on the run and one touchdown catch. He also set the conference mark for career touchdowns with 136.
Mariota declared his eligibility for the NFL draft shortly after the Ducks fell to Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff championship game. Oregon finished the season ranked No. 2.
Mariota's heir apparent right now is Jeff Lockie, the backup last season who attempted 27 passes, completing 21 for 207 yards and a touchdown.
But many fans were looking at FCS All-America Adams, who will graduate from Eastern Washington in June. NCAA rules allow a player who has completed his degree to transfer to another school without sitting out a season. The Eagles must sign off on the deal.
Adams visited the Ducks for three days over this past weekend, but so far has been mum about his choice - whether to stick with the Eagles for another season or join the Ducks. He was not bound by signing day rules, so there was no telling when he might make a decision.
The Ducks also brought aboard five-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule, a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder from Hawaii who went to Punahou School, same as Oregon senior defensive end DeForest Buckner. Like Waller, Kaumatule made his decision early and is already on campus.
Oregon scored three of the top all-purpose backs in the country, Taj Griffin (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) of Powder Springs, Georgia, Malik Lovette (5-11, 180) of Redlands, California, and Kirk Merritt (5-11, 206) of Destrehan, Louisiana.
Four-star recruits included cornerback Ugo Amadi (5-9, 182) from Nashville, guard Zack Okun (6-3, 327) from Newburg, California, and wide receiver Alex Ofodile (6-2, 185) from Missouri.
Top 25 Class: Yes
Best in class: Canton Kaumatule, DE, Hawaii.
Best of the rest: Travis Waller, QB, Anaheim, California
Late addition: Jonah Moi, LB, Riverside City College, originally committed to Washington State but flipped Tuesday night
One that got away: Rasheem Green, DT, Gardena, California, signed with USC