BYU doesn’t recruit from the state of Alabama very often. Provo is a long way from Yellowhammer state (he’s a bird, I had to look for that too) and it’s not often that BYU is able to attract some of the incredible talent from the south to Utah. But, that will change in the Class of 2023. It’s time for BYU fans to know the name. Emmanuel Waller.
Waller prepares for Chelsea High School in Chelsea, AL. It currently holds an offer from the State of Mississippi and UAB. He also hears from schools like West Virginia, Indiana, Vanderbilt and Mizzou. Last week he paid an unofficial visit to Alabama. Waller’s recruiting status will continue to grow over the next several months, and for good reason.
Waller is 6-4 and 240 pounds. He’s a defensive lineman monster who gives the best of them the edge. He’s strong, he’s explosive off the line of scrimmage and he’s a great tackler. He has excellent length and uses his upper body well both for his passing skills and his ability to fill in gaps in the running game. The potential is clearly there and that is why it is already catching the attention of SEC schools.
You can add BYU to the list of schools interested in Waller. The Cougars have been in contact with Waller for several weeks and hope to have him on campus soon. Waller and his family booked plane tickets to Salt Lake City last week and will be in Provo to face the Cougars’ big game against Boise State. This will be the first time that BYU’s coaching staff have the chance to speak to Waller in person. Assuming things go well, an offer could be on the horizon soon.
“I don’t know much about BYU, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a really good school, âWaller told Cougar Sports Insider. âWhen it comes to education, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. The football program is on the rise! They have done really well over the past few years and it seems like a great program to participate in. “
BYU’s footballing aspect isn’t the only thing intriguing it as it continues to gain more recruiting attention. Waller is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and obviously the environment BYU provides is different from what other schools that recruit him may offer. He is excited about the chance to travel to Provo and see this environment up close and personal next week.
âI’ve grown up being a member all my life. That’s one of the reasons I contacted. I know they don’t normally recruit in my area, but just talking to people at church. and to my family I if that was a good idea, âhe said. “I don’t know how appealing the word is, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and now I have the opportunity to go and I’m delighted.”
He arrives in Provo at a good time. The Cougars will likely be ranked in the nation’s top 10, playing on national television on Saturday afternoon outside a crowded LaVell Edwards stadium for a regional rivalry match. Between the environment that BYU will be able to provide and their upcoming move to the Big 12 conference, this is a great opportunity for Cougars to have a profound impact on Waller early in his recruiting process.