Moving on from Blake Barnett, Notre Dame offers 4-star QB

Moving on from Blake Barnett, Notre Dame offers 4-star QB
June 5, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Notre Dame's search to replace Blake Barnett in its 2015 is already underway.

A day after Barnett announced his decommitment from the Irish, four-star dual-threat quarterback Travis Waller (Anaheim, Calif.) tweeted he'd received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

Waller is ranked by Rivals as the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback in the recruiting class of 2015, two spots lower than Barnett. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Waller also ranks as the 14th best player in California and 105th best player nationally in next year's recruiting class.

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Waller attends Servite High School in Anaheim, where Notre Dame has had previous recruiting success. Former tight end Troy Niklas played at Servite and was a member of Notre Dame's 2011 recruiting class. It's the same school that produced, among others, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said on signing day in February that adding a quarterback to the 2015 class would be a necessity, even with Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer eligible through at least 2017. Kelly wants three scholarship quarterbacks on his roster at all times, and given recent history (Kizer, Zaire, Everett Golson) it's likely Notre Dame is primarily looking at dual-threat players. Waller certainly fits that bill.

In addition to Notre Dame, Waller holds offers from Alabama, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee, among others. Earlier this week, he named Alabama and Northwestern as his favorites though could be swayed by other schools coming in with an offer -- as Notre Dame did on Thursday.