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Juco QB Jake Waters schedules officials

Juco quarterback Jake Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) announced Thursday night he's now joining his teammate, tailback Aaron Wimberly, on an official visit to Penn State on Nov. 17.

Waters called up Penn State assistant Charlie Fisher around 11 p.m. to settle his plans. He alerted Fisher of his intent a week before -- and it was largely believed he would travel along with his roommate -- but the trip wasn't cemented until last night.

"Having one of my really, really close friends there is going to help a lot," Waters said. "So we can talk about and compare what we like, and that's pretty cool."

Penn State is the lone school to offer scholarships to both players, and Wimberly said last week the two talk about playing for the same FBS college "every day."

"We're really close off the field and have good chemistry on the field, so we thought it would be cool to play together at the next level," Waters said. "But we're still going to do what's best for us."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback has scheduled just one other official this season and plans to fly to Kansas State's campus for a Dec. 7 visit. He may also choose to see another school Nov. 24, but he's not yet certain whether that's necessary.

Waters said one of his top priorities includes the opportunity for playing time, and he was told he could come right in for the Nittany Lions and challenge for the starting job. The Wildcats shared a similar pitch.

"Having Coach [Bill] O'Brien as the coach and helping with the quarterbacks and his offense is definitely an appealing thing," he said. "It's exciting, obviously, and it's Penn State -- and their tradition and how good of program they are, it would really be cool to play for."

The Iowa native has taken the junior college ranks by storm this season. Through eight games, Waters has thrown for 2,351 yards, 29 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He's completing 74 percent of his passes.

His roommate, Wimberly, who committed to Iowa State in August, isn't faring too bad either. The speedy back is averaging 8.5 yards a carry and has 800 rushing yards this season.