Waters talks about offers

As the top JUCO signal-caller in the country, it was a bit of a surprise that Iowa Western QB Jake Waters (6-2, 215) didn't have any offers until nearly a month into the season, but over the past two weeks, the talented sophomore has hauled in five offers. Recently, he received an offer from Penn State and he talked about that as well as his plans for the future...

"It was awesome getting that offer," Waters told JCFootball.com. "I talked with the coaches there and I really respect that program a lot. It's a great program and they have a great academic reputation and that's something that I really think would be great to be part of if I chose to go there."

One thing that might seem to be a deterrent to joining the Nittany Lions is the bowl ban and other sanctions brought on by the Jerry Sandusky investigation, but Waters said that won't play into his decision.

"That won't play a role in my decision at all," Waters said. "To play for (Bill) O'Brien would be amazing. He's so smart and he's a really great coach. I wouldn't even think twice about the bowl ban and other stuff if I decided to go there."

As far as some of the other schools that have offered Waters, North Carolina State, Kansas State, Akron and Florida Atlantic, he talked about them and what each has to offer.

North Carolina State - "Their coaches there are great. I really like them. They have a good program and I watched their game last week against Florida State and they had a huge upset so I think they are definitely on the right path."

Kansas State - "Coach (Bill) Snyder is one of the best coaches in the country and their offense is exactly like what we run at our school. It's another good school and they play really tough, exciting football."

Akron - "They were my first offer and I've been talking to the coaches there. I really like their offense and they play a wide-open style."

Florida Atlantic - "They have another good offense that fits me well and getting to know the coaches there has been great."

Waters plans to sit down with his family and coach to see about setting up visits because he hasn't focused much on the recruiting process as he's been more worried about directing the Reivers to a championship.

"I honestly haven't had a lot of time to think about recruiting much," Waters admitted. "This week I'm going to sit down with my coach and my parents and we're going to talk about visits and which schools I should be seeing.

"Coming up here at the beginning of November, I actually have about three weeks where I can go on trips and see different schools, so in the next week or so I will start setting up official visits after we talk."

Waters is on pace to graduate in December and he plans to sign with a school then and then enroll wherever he ends up in January. He will have three years to play two following the season.

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