Local Linebacker Building His Resume

Boys' Latin (Baltimore, Md.) doesn't always churn out Division I-A recruits, but every few years the small private school in north Baltimore turns out a top talent. Lakers head coach Ritchie Schell believes 2014 is one of those years, with emerging linebacker/strong safety Preston Waters already generating significant interest.

Boys' Latin (Baltimore, Md.) doesn't always churn out Division I-A recruits, but every few years the small private school in north Baltimore turns out a top talent. Lakers head coach Ritchie Schell believes 2014 is one of those years, with emerging linebacker/strong safety Preston Waters already generating significant interest. Schell called the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Waters a "no doubt" FBS recruit who should have several offers on the table before it's all said and done.

"I'm sure I can compete at the BCS level," Waters said. "My speed, my strength, my knowledge of the game and my grades – I have what it takes to play there."

Last fall Waters played mainly outside linebacker for a Boys' Latin squad that finished 6-3. His main role was to rush the passer and set the edge, which he did to the tune of 60-plus tackles, 18 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. After the season, he was one of only a handful of juniors considered for the Maryland All-State team.

College coaches apparently took notice.

"My coach told me Northwestern, West Virginia, Temple, Maryland and a couple more have been asking about me," Waters said. "I know Northwestern actually contacted my dad about me and they're really interested."

Waters said he is being recruited for both outside linebacker and strong safety. He said he runs just under a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, so programs concerned about his size at linebacker could put him at safety and not worry about his speed.

"I can play multiple roles on a defense," Waters said. "I rushed the passer a lot last year, but I see myself as very versatile."

Waters didn't have a chance to take any visits or see any college games last fall, but he did attend a few camps last summer at West Virginia and Towson. He called both "pretty fun," while the WVU one-day allowed him to compare his game against other elite talents.

"It was fun to work with different guys, but I think I did well and showed that I could hang with some of the upper-level athletes," Waters said. "I plan on going to a few more camps against this offseason. I want to get to WVU again, Temple and then Maryland too."

The Boys' Latin backer said Terps assistant Andre Powell has contacted his coach about him, and the two have exchanged e-mails. He said the Terps are intrigued and will likely give him a closer look at their camp.

Waters doesn't know too much about College Park, but there's no doubt he'd appreciate a hometown offer.

"I would definitely give Maryland a long look if they offered," Waters said. "I know it's a good program, especially academically. I know they preach school first and then sports, and that's always something to look at. Then it's close to home and my family could see me play."

Waters did attend a UMD game two years ago with his cousin, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) lineman Sam Mustipher, who is heading to Notre Dame. He said he had a chance to walk around campus, see the weight room and check out the film room.

"It was pretty cool," Waters said. "I really liked it down there. I'm definitely looking to get back."

Right now, though, Waters isn't pointing out schools he'd like to get offers from. His recruiting has just started and first he needs to procure one verbal.

"I'm open to anything right now," he said. "I just want to get the ball rolling."

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