When Mike Glennon graduates this year, that will leave NC State with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. The Pack is desperately thin at the position and that has led them to target junior college signal-caller Jake Waters.
Waters isn't a project. He's the kind of quarterback that will be expected to compete for a starting job right when he steps foot on campus. He has his Iowa Western squad ranked No. 1 in the nation and along the way, he's completed 178 of 237 passes for 2,740 yards and 33 touchdowns versus just three interceptions. Equally impressive is the fact that in 237 attempts, Waters has only been sacked four times.
NC State jumped into the Waters sweepstakes a few weeks ago by extending an offer. Kansas State, Penn State and Akron have done the same.
It's an interesting blend of programs. NC State, an ACC school that is now finding itself in the postseason on a regular basis. Kansas State from the Big XII, hoping to continue their Cinderella run towards a national championship. And Penn State, one of the sport's finest programs but one you won't see in the postseason for a long time, and not at all when Waters is at the four-year college level.
"NC State watched my film and they came to watch me practice," Waters said. "I haven't actually been there but I've talked to Coach (Jerry) 'Cuskie (Petercuskie). To be honest I don't know a whole lot about them yet but I do know of NC State. I know about the quarterbacks that have played there and I've watched when I've been able to."
Does Kansas State have an edge because of the kind of season they are having? "It's something you do notice and it stands out to you but I've got to make a decision that's best for me and not just based on who the hot program is," he said.
"I think I'm going to shoot for making a decision around early December maybe. I'd like to take some officials and then decide. It will definitely be by Signing Day."
Waters is scheduled to officially visit State for the Boston College game and has trips lined up to Penn State on November 17 and Kansas State on December 7.