Notre Dame lost the commitment of quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif. Santiago) earlier this week after he took a visit to Oregon and now Notre Dame is trying to fill that void with Travis Waller (Anaheim Calif. Servite) who had been believed to be an Oregon lean and received an offer from the Irish today, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow.
The 6-3, 190-pound dual-threat is a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 79 player overall. He is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 11 player in the state of California, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Barnett by comparison was the No. 65 player overall, No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 10 player in the state.
Waller holds offers from the aforementioned Ducks, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern and Cal, among others. However, it’s today’s offer that really stands out for multi-talented Waller who wants to play at a prestigious program while also receiving a world class education. Notre Dame offers both of those things.
If Waller were to commit to Notre Dame, I have changed my 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction to the Irish after he received this offer, he would be an ideal fit for what head coach Brian Kelly looks for in a quarterback to run his offense.
Waller is very much in the same mold as current quarterbacks Everett Golson who has played well in his one year as the starter en route to the national title and Malik Zaire who could push him for the starting job after a strong spring and spring game performance.
Waller passed for 12 touchdowns last season with 1,669 yards through the air and ran for another 13 scores and 1,293 yards.