- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
One of the top junior college quarterbacks in the country is ready to make a decision.
Jake Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) took his final official visit this past weekend, which went to Kansas State. Now, he will decide between the Big 12 and the Big Ten.
“It’s pretty much K-State and Penn State right now,” the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Waters said.
Lightly recruited out of high school, Waters went the juco route and became one of the best quarterbacks at the juco level. He officially visited Penn State the weekend of Nov. 17 and followed that with a visit to NC State, which has since fired its coach.
Waters unofficially visited Kansas State in the summer, but he said this trip was much more in-depth.
“Meeting the players and the coaches, I was really impressed,” he said. “The summer was a one-day thing, but we had the whole weekend this time. I got a feel for what K-State is all about and liked it.”
The atmosphere around the team is what caught Waters’ attention. He said the team preached family, which stood out to him.
“They kept talking about family, family, family,” he said. “That’s really cool coming from where I come from, which is all about family, too. I connected with that right away.”
Kansas State rose all the way to No. 1 in the country this season, using significant help from juco transfers to get there. The ability of the Wildcats’ staff to develop juco transfers is appealing to Waters.
“That’s definitely something to think about and catches my eye. They know how to deal with juco transfers,” Waters said. “That definitely will help.”
Waters said he will go back and talk with his family and coaches now before coming to a decision. That should come in the next week or so as he plans to enroll for the January semester.
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