Oregon picked up arguably its most important commitment today in quarterback Travis Waller, who announced the news via twitter:
I am truly blessed to announce that I will be committing to the University of Oregon!! @ServiteSports @TrendsettersWW— ⚡ Travis Waller ⚡ (@traviswaller11) July 1, 2014
Waller is the #37 player in the nation and #2 dual-threat quarterback according to 247Sports, and the #79 player and #4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to the 247Composite ranking. He is a true dual-threat quarterback who excels as a runner but also has a great arm. He is a bit raw but an outstanding athlete that should thrive at Oregon with a couple years of molding.
West coast recruiting analyst Derrell Warren (@yssd) had this to say about Waller in May:
Waller is a more advanced as runner than passer at this stage. Despite his long legs, he has good stop-and-start agility, which translates into him having plus-level elusiveness. He shows great burst once he gets out to the edge. His long speed is illustrated in several long runs he's able to break on tape.
Waller shows great anticipation on out-breaking routes, the ball coming off his hand prior to the receiver getting into his break. And while he isn't a classic power thrower, he shows the ability to drive the ball through short to intermediate passing windows.
Although Waller needs some refinement as a passer, he carries as much upside as almost any dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He projects as a multi-year starting signal-caller with all-conference and eventual NFL potential.
With Marcus Mariota expected to enter the draft after this season and no heir apparent, QB is arguably the most important position in the 2015 recruiting class. Oregon has nabbed an outstanding talent in Waller, a player who should come in right away and add valuable competition to the QB battle in a post-Mariota world. You can check out his video below.