Husky offer intrigues Lakes prospect

Lakes head coach Dave Miller has a nice problem heading into the 2009 season -- finding playing time for all of his talented players. The Lancers are loaded on both sides of the ball this year and one that has already warranted an offer from the local school is TE/LB Darius Waters.

"Washington offered me a few weeks ago," Waters told Dawgman.com recently. "It was cool getting one from them because I grew up watching them, but I haven't committed or anything."

Waters is being recruited by the Huskies as a linebacker, but he said he's open to playing wherever the school he commits to wants him.

"I just like playing the game, so it really doesn't matter," Waters said. "I love playing linebacker though and with my speed and frame I think I could do really well there."

Waters caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in 2008 as a tight end, but it was on the defensive side of the ball where he made his mark posting 79 tackles, six sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries from his outside linebacker position.

"I'm real aggressive and I like to hit," Waters said. "I know I have a lot to work on, but because I play basketball I think my footwork is pretty good for a guy my size."

Besides his offer from Washington, Washington State has been in hot pursuit as well.

"Their coaches have been real aggressive and they want me to come and visit them on their junior day, but I don't think I can go," Waters said. "I have basketball and it's right in the middle of the playoffs so I can't go to that and I wanted to go to U-Dub's junior day too, but I think I'm going to have to miss that one as well.

"I'm real interested in anyone that wants to recruit me. I mean, why should I limit myself so early? I want to make sure I'm making the right choice for me."

Waters did mention he would have fun attending the same school as Washington commit Sione Potoae, but they both know they have to make the right choice for themselves.

"I'm friends with a lot of guys who are either already there or are going there," Waters said. "Sione committed there and he's real excited about it and Kavario (Middleton) is already there too and he and I talk a lot.

"He said he and Jermaine (Kearse) both like the coaches a lot and that the program isn't going to be down long and that things are going to be a lot different up there."

Waters doesn't think he will be attending any camps this summer and he may take in a combine or two, but he wasn't even sure if he would be taking part in any of those.

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