Decision Coming For Waters?

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Fresh off a NJCAA national championship, Jake Waters took an official visit to Kansas State this past weekend. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback came to Manhattan with two fellow Iowa Western players, Devon Nash and Travis Green, and his father. It provided the Wildcat coaching staff a chance to sell him on the idea of stepping into Collin Klein's shoes next season.

"It went very well," said Jake Waters on the visit. "I got to meet the players, check out the facilities, and get an idea of what Kansas State is all about. It was nice sitting down with the coaches. They talked to me about the quarterback situation and how I'd have a chance to come in and compete for a starting job right away. We all watched the Heisman trophy presentation together and afterward I got a call from Collin Klein. I really liked the staff. They do things the right way."

In the Graphic Edge Bowl at the UNI-Dome, Waters was 32 of 40 passing for 307 yards and ran one in for a touchdown to lead the Reviers to a win over Butler and claim the national championship.

"It was definitely a great feeling," Waters said on the victory. "It's what we worked for all year. This was my second year as a starter. I had a better idea of where everyone would be on the field and understood the defenses as the season went on. I improved a lot of my accuracy. I think this experience is going to help me tremendously when I'm at the Division 1 level."

Where that will be remains uncertain, but Waters says he plans on making a decision by week's end. He took an unofficial visit to Penn State on November 17th and will likely choose between the Nittany Lions and the Wildcats.

"The quarterback situation is the same," Waters said on both programs. "They both have senior quarterback's who are leaving so I'm just going to go with my gut in the end. Obviously, Bill O'Brien is an excellent coach and they have great people and players there as well. I'm going to announce this Thursday. My coach was talking about doing something for it but I'm not sure right now. It will probably be at [Iowa Western]."

Waters, a native of Council Bluffs, will graduate in December and enroll in his chosen university in January. He'll have to transition from being the quarterback of a national champion to the face on campus.

"My goal is to come in and earn the role of the starter," he said. "I want to get the respect of my teammates from my play on the field and from the hard work I put in."

On the visit to Kansas State, Waters player-host was sophomore wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The Wildcats have already received a commitment from Wayers' teammate Travis Green, a linebacker, and are hoping Devon Nash, a defensive end, comes on board as well.

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