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Travis Waller recruit scouting report: True dual-threat quarterback

Travis Waller -- Student Sports
Travis Waller -- Student Sports

Travis Waller is a dual-threat quarterback out of the storied Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School. AT 6'3 and 188 pounds, Waller has a quality build with room for more added size. He is rated four-stars by the 247sports composite, and is widely considered one of the five best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. As of May 28, he holds offers from Alabama, Tennessee and Northwestern, and has strong interest from Oregon. Waller is a U.S. Army All-American.

Scouting by West Coast Recruiting Analyst Derrell Warren (@yssd):

Waller is one of the most athletic dual-threat quarterbacks on the West Coast. He's a long strider whose speed is more of the built-up variety, but has the wheels to pull away from defenders in open space. He has some filling out to do physically, registering at 6'3, 188 pounds. That said, he has some impressive tools that many programs would love the opportunity to mold.

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.

While he’s not necessarily an elite-level arm talent, Waller projects to have above-average arm strength at the college level.

As passer Waller is still developing, especially from a technique perspective. His delivery is compact, but it is a bit of the three-quarter variety; he will drop his elbow and doesn't always roll the ball off his fingers. Cleaner weight transfer and elevation of his elbow would likely unlock some additional arm strength.

The three-step game is probably where Waller impresses most as a passer. On tape, he seems to function best working within a rhythm where he asked to make quick reads and let the ball go. He flashes touch and accuracy while placing the ball away from a defender’s leverage and where the receiver can accumulate yards after the catch.

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.