Past Experience — Slowly working his way onto the field, Waters played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman after sitting out his first year on campus. He logged 10 tackles in a reserve role last season and is expected to see his playing time skyrocket with other departures and another year of experience.
As a Recruit — Waters was a three-star recruit out of Dematha (Hyattsville, Md.) in the Class of 2010. Making his verbal commitment in the middle of January, Waters announced for Rutgers over California, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Spring Performance — Waters saw his role dramatically increase this spring with the departure of David Rowe from the safety position. One of the impact players in the three spring scrimmages, Waters impressed with his ability to be around the football and be physical.
As the cousin of former Rutgers great Joe Lefeged, Waters credits the now Indianapolis Colt with much of his development in the program. It took time for Lefeged to develop and take over as a leader, but Waters continues to follow a similar path.
Does Well — Waters is hits hard and swarms to the football, which are two of the staples of a traditional Rutgers defensive back. Waters showed flashes of why he was a highly coveted recruit this spring by making impressive plays on the football and forcing turnovers.
He has taken advantage of the strength and conditioning program since his true freshman year and is bigger and stronger than ever.
Needs to Improve — The third facet of a big-time Rutgers defensive back, even at safety, is coverage skills. The best Rutgers safeties are the ones that can be trusted in 1-on-1 coverage and are quick to help on the outside. With minimal experience, Waters has shown that he cannot do either yet and it will be a top focus in training camp.
Long-Term Outlook — Like Lefeged, look for Waters' role to become more and more important as he ages. He will take a backseat to Duron Harmon as an impact safety this season, but instantly becomes a top dog in the secondary when Harmon, Marcus Cooper, Mason Robinson and Brandon Jones move on at the end of the season.
Waters has shown flashes of NFL potential and can get his name on many watch boards with a solid sophomore season.