(Travis Waller and the Downtown Los Angeles City Scape)
To begin this piece I would like to go back to where it all started…Just another example of a parent (his mother Bridgette) wanting the best for her quarterback.
“The search to prepare my son to compete with other top QB’s brought us to the group training program led by Steve Clarkson. As I sat and observed I noticed that there was about 8-10 QB’s out there that appeared to either be headed to the next level or had already secured a QB position in college. My son had a challenging task to rise up and compete with these guys. As the weeks passed his confidence and willingness to learn brought him the results he needed to compete. Between the on field workouts and classroom sessions he is now aligned with some of the other top QB’s. There’s still more work to be done and he looks forward to it. The entire program is run professionally with a sincere focus to transform all the players who attend. I was impressed that all players were treated the same and that many of them created new friendships. Though they have tremendous and tedious workouts the players all walk off the field like they had a good time.” – Bridgette Waller (October 2013)
(Travis and his mother)
The first time I met Travis Waller I was amazed how a kid so new to the quarterback position could already be so dominant. Travis currently plays at Servite High School, which happens to have an SEC type schedule for their level. Travis was always the best player on the field.
In a very short time Travis made himself a national top-flight recruit with his ability to show how accurate he was in the pocket, and even more his dangerous ability of extending plays outside of it. A lot of times in my business evaluators are always looking for comparisons instead of believing that he might just be what others will some day be compared to. Travis is the very definition of what it truly means to carry the moniker of Trendsetter.
One of the things I value most when it comes to evaluating a quarterback is the player’s work ethic. I’ve been training quarterbacks for 30 years, and rarely have seen a player with Travis’s desire to be the best. Each Sunday my program offers training sessions year round. Every session, even during the season he was relentless in his pursuit to being greatness. At the same time he became a role model for my young aspiring quarterbacks.
“It is very difficult to attend every Sunday training session because I have to wake up very early. Which means I have to go to sleep on Saturday night at 10:30 or so. What teenager goes to sleep at 10:30pm on Saturday night? I believe this is what separates me from a lot of people. I dedicate everything towards training. Sometimes in life to get where you want to be, you have to give up some things.”
- Travis Waller
From my experience, to be a successful quarterback you must have the unique ability to balance the personalities in the huddle, and the expectations of those who aren’t. You must be able to demand respect by your play on the field and be willing to take the blame when others don’t quite measure up. Travis has that special gift. He has the ability with his simple approach of looking at each game as an opportunity to conquer impossible odds. Southern California’s, Servite HS was an underdog in most games during the 2013 season. However, the mere presence of number eleven made the opposition less optimistic about their chances for victory. Travis has that special thing they call the “it factor”. You get the feeling that there’s nothing Travis couldn’t do, and that’s what makes him so special, because there really isn’t.
When it came down to where Travis should play his college days the choice was simple. Right from the beginning Travis saw himself as an Oregon Duck. Their offense was well…..Trendsetting! So it was only fitting that the two would eventually come together, and today on July 1st, 2014 Travis decided that the (school that NIKE built was the perfect place to showcase his off the chart skills set.) Oregon!!!…
For all you Ducks….You may possibly in fact be losing Marcus Mariota to the NFL DRAFT, but you got yourself a new LEADING MAN!! Yes, Oregon you’ve lined the Ducks up in a row just perfectly!
Greg Biggins- National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout.com comments on Travis and his offer to Oregon.
"Waller would be an ideal fit in Oregon’s offense. He’s a mobile quarterback who can run around and make plays but he has the pocket presence and arm talent to make plays with his arm as well. Oregon’s offense has always worked best with a quarterback who can stretch a defense as a running threat combined with being able to make throws down the field.
Waller can do both, he’s a very good athlete and can run like a deer but has made huge strides as a pure passer and can make all the throws on the field. He’s a natural leader, very likeable and should be able to attract plenty of talent to play with him at Oregon.”
I had the chance to ask UCLA’s quarterback Brett Hundley his own thoughts on Waller…
"I had a chance to get to know him at the the Steve Clarkson Quarterback Retreat this year, and he is a natural born leader. The first thing I noticed was that the other QB’s gravitated towards him. He is an amazing passer who just so happens to be a great athlete. Which is a major plus in today’s game! Travis is a defensive coordinators worst nightmare!”
-UCLA’s QB Brett Hundley
(Travis being coached up by Brett Hundley, May 2014)
I am very excited to see how this #trendsetter’s journey unfolds, and I am certain it will be too bright for anyone NOT to notice.
The “O” is going to be very happy!
(Travis with his mother Bridgette and brother Austin, and his new Oregon Family)
Check out Travis’s Trendsetter page and his 2013 highlights!