Yesterday morning, Oregon received some much needed news after several disappointing months on the quarterback front. Dual threat Travis Waller (4-Star/Anaheim, CA/Rivals250) committed to Mark Helfrich and Co. amid a long recruiting rapport that saw the Ducks offer Waller on June 21st. A long rumored Oregon lean, the 6-foot-2, 195 lb. do-it-all quarterback announced his decision via Twitter and instantly bolsters Oregon’s future in the post-Marcus Mariota era.
Waller’s pledge to become a Duck has been a long time coming as the west-coast talent finally received his most coveted offer in the “high-noon” of the 2015 recruiting cycle. Much has been made if Waller would continue to keep the Ducks a phone call away after several months of uncertainty. Simply put, Waller will have the opportunity to start day one when he and incoming freshman Morgan Mahalak square-off in what will be one of the most intriguing quarterback battles of 2015.
Waller’s 4.5/40 speed will be on display this fall, as the incoming senior one-upped his passing touchdown total (12) with pay-dirt on the ground (13) during his junior campaign. Already a four-star prospect, a stat-laden year could propel Waller into another echelon and see the one time unknown signal-caller become a household name, stay tuned!
Locke bears out a workman’s style of play and is never far from mixing it up in the running game when he comes of his back line. A student of hard hits and sound pass coverage, Locke’s game will undoubtedly maturate during his final prep year and will set the stage for the continuation of merciless Oregon secondaries.
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Main photo by Kevin Cline