Recruiting Update: “Taj-ma-Wall” Working on 4-Star Merritt

Football Recruiting


Recently-minted Oregon commit Travis Waller (4-Star/Anaheim, Cal./Rivals250) entered July with something to prove. Even in the highly scrutinized world of prep recruiting, a large contingent of fans and pundits had yet to cast their evaluation on the Duck’s new signal caller.

That all changed this past week.

Waller not only turned heads, but led his 7-on-7 Apocalypse squad to a championship at Nike’s The Opening. If that wasn’t enough, he garnered high praise and a lofty prediction to close out his time in Beaverton.

I love Travis Waller,” said analyst/coach Yogi Roth. ”Love when he got into 7-on-7 settings … I want to hear (that) in the huddle, I want to hear their presence. With Travis, I want to stand way up and just watch him … When you watch him and he takes a drop and it’s a play-action pass, he resets, here’s a kid who’s not necessarily under center a lot, but he looks the part. He looks like he can really play at a high level.”

Roth wasn’t done.

“I think his ceiling out of all of these guys … might be the highest … because of his athleticism, because of his live arm and his frame. His calm demeanor, his athleticism, he’s got unreal potential. I love his suddenness, his movement, his ability to get to 1, 2, 3 (and) his ability to get rid of the ball on time … ”

Waller’s maturation will only continue, as a final prep season will undoubtedly produce the type of highlights that we, The Oregon Faithful, will come to expect when he makes the journey to Eugene next summer, stay tuned!

Waller wasn’t the only Duck-to-be that turned heads over the course of the four day camp. Running back Taj Griffin (4-Star/Powder Springs, Ga./Rivals100) added to his list of accolades with a top-5 finish in SPARQ testing and is said to have been in the ear of uncommitted SPARQ champion Kirk Merritt (4-Star/Destrehan, La./Rivals250).

It feels great out here in Oregon,” said Merritt. “I can’t wait to go take an official visit to Oregon this season. Travis Waller and Taj Griffin are always recruiting me hard. It’s the offense, the spread, getting athletes in space. Oregon said I play receiver that can play like a running back, like Josh Huff.”

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores

  • Weston

    Hope he listens to Waller and Griffin. Looks like Huff 2.0. Go Ducks!