"The visit was sweet," offered Jake Waters. "I had a chance to meet the coaches, tour the facilities, then got to watch the team practice. They seemed really interested [in me]. Coach Del Miller said they were going to bring in two quarterbacks this year, one from JuCo and one from high school, and I was number one on their board. The coaches like my athleticism, quick release, accuracy, and said the style of offense we run [at Iowa Western] is similar to what they do.
"I think of Kansas State as one of the best programs in the nation. Coach Snyder is an amazing coach and even better person."
Waters played his high school ball at Saint Albert High School in Council Bluffs, Ia. Although he qualified academically, he turned down opportunities to walk-on at four-year universities to try and get "bigger looks" by playing at Iowa Western in his hometown. After a medical redshirt year as a true freshman, he came on strong in the 2011 season with 2659 passing yards in 11 games with 26 touchdowns and was near 63-percent on his completions. In addition to his passing stats, Waters had 56 carries 354 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"It's been a great," Waters said of his time at Iowa Western. "I wouldn't still be playing otherwise. I'm very grateful to the coaches for the opportunity and for helping me become the player I am today. We have some of the best coaches in the country right here.
"I've put on ten pounds since last year so I think that's going to help me take the big hits and not go down. My arm strength has improved. This is my third year in the system so I have a good understanding of what we're doing, I'm making quicker reads on defense, and hope to have a big year. We've got a bunch of Division 1 talent on this team. I think we're going to do well."
Waters and the Reivers went 9-2 in 2011. They'll begin this season on the road in Denver, Colo. against APU Cole College on August 25th. Waters hopes to make a return trip to Manhattan in the fall. He also reports interest from Memphis, South Florida, and Florida International at this time.