Small Town Kid With Big City Confidence

Quarterback Cody Kater may not be from the big city, but he's sure of one thing, he's a player looking to show why several programs missed out on getting one of the top signal callers in the Midwest. Bearcat Insider spoke with Kater about his recent change in recruiting and his verbal pledge to the University of Cincinnati.

Growing up in Western Michigan may have kept Cody Kater away from the bright lights and big cities many of the countries top prospects hail from. But for Kater, the city is another thing to be excited about and a major reason he'll play his college football for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

"I'm a player from a small school," Kater told Bearcat Insider. "I'll graduate with between 80 and 90 kids so I didn't get a lot of exposure when it came to the recruiting process. But, I have been able to work on my game and win back-to-back state titles while breaking all of my schools quarterback records. I also earned D5/D6 Player of the year honors in the state of Michigan."

While many Bearcat fans may not have heard of Kater until his recent pledge it wasn't from not trying.

"I came down to Cincinnati and Coach Kelly's camp in the summer but must admit to not having a great day. It was the last stop on my camp tour and I was very tired and it showed in my arm strength. I did very well in the combine part of camp but my arm was tired and I didn't throw like I was capable of throwing."

At 6-foot-4, 208-pounds, Kater found several programs showing interest before his pledge to Central Michigan and once Butch Jones left for Cincinnati.

"Michigan State, Northwestern, Colorado and TCU all were in contact with me during the process but I found the coaching staff and offense that fit me with Coach Jones and gave my verbal pledge to him when he was at Central Michigan."

While there have been reports of Jones reaching out to Kater just minutes after being hired at Cincinnati. The Montague, Michigan signal caller wanted to set a few things straight.

"I think some people have the wrong ideal about the phone call I received from Coach Jones. From the very start he was honest with me that if something changed he would be the person that told me. He kept his word and when he got hired at Cincinnati he took the time to call me and tell me he was taking the Cincinnati job. Coach Jones is an honest person and has always been straight with me and I respect him for that."

For six month Kater was solid with his pledge to Jones and Central Michigan. But an opportunity presented itself when Jones left CMU and Kater knew he needed to take a look at all the opportunities that presented themselves to him.

"Central Michigan was a big part of my life for six months. When Coach Jones got the job at Cincinnati there was a chance I was going to reopen my recruiting and Central knew that. I was given the chance to visit Cincinnati and I liked it a lot.

It was during his official visit reality set in of his chances to play for a program capable of playing for a national championship.

"I came down on my official visit last weekend and Zach Collaros was my host. I found we both had a lot in common coming from a smaller school and having won state titles. I've watched Cincinnati on television and feel confident in my abilities that I can compete at succeed there."

While going from the small towns of western Michigan to Cincinnati may seem like a giant leap, Kater has been prepared.

"It may be a lot different but it's not so much of a culture shock as I've got older brothers who've lived in the city. In fact my oldest brother lived a few years in Cincinnati and really liked it there."

When asked about his relationship with the Bearcats staff Cody was quick to point out the amount of time he's already spent with them.

"I feel I'll have a head start coming to Cincinnati. I've got a great relationship with Coach Bajakian and my high school runs the same offense they run. While our terminology may have been different, I've had the chance to sit down and go over the offense with the staff several times. I've always been a confident guy but feel I bring a lot to the table. I'm use to being the guy under the radar and holding my own. I've always had confidence in my abilities and I've got confidence in the coaches."

When asked if the staff ever compared him to Central Michigan star quarterback Dan LeFevour, Kater had the following to say.

"The coaches tell me I'm a little more athletic than Dan LeFevor."

As for his plans when he gets to Cincinnati.

"I want to come in and compete right away. I was recruited to be their guy and help win a national championship."

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