As expected, Brady White decided to pick the Arizona St. Sun Devils over the California Golden Bears in an announcement this Friday afternoon. Of the trio of top Cal targets on the board that included Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Jake Browning (Washington), White figured to be the quarterback that had the best chance to commit to Cal. But in the end he decided that ASU was the program for him.
With the best California quarterbacks off the board, the Bears must head to their next set of targets. Luckily, this class is still full of impressive talent, and one of them is Anaheim (Ca.) Servite quarterback Travis Waller. Waller landed a Cal offer yesterday (most likely after Sonny and company realized that White was not coming to Berkeley) and is most likely the number one quarterback target on the board for the Bears now.
Waller is a good prospect, and seems like a good fit for Cal as well (According to the Los Angeles Times, held a 3.8 GPA last semester). He moved from wide receiver to quarterback and has done quite well with the no-huddle spread scheme that Servite runs, which has to please Tony Franklin. Waller has already committed to the US Army All-American Bowl and is set to rise in upcoming rankings. If we can't get Rosen, White or Browning, Waller is a good consolation prize.
The big issue with Waller would be the other big no-huddle, spread option team in the conference. Will the Oregon Ducks try and make a bid to get him? They might become the favorites in that situation. Waller also holds offers from Northwestern, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Arizona, BYU, Penn State, Utah and more, so it's no guarantee that Cal will have any advantage here. It'll be a tough recruiting battle.
The search to find a quarterback for this class still has a ways to go.