5 Questions: PSU target QB Jake Waters


Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.

This week's subject is junior college quarterback Jake Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.), Penn State's top uncommitted quarterback target. He'll take an official visit to Happy Valley on Nov. 17 for the Indiana game.

Waters is widely regarded as the nation's top juco signal-caller. Through 10 games, he's posted up video game-type numbers. He's thrown for 3,001 yards, 37 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He's also completing nearly 75 percent of his passes.

NittanyNation: You have five offers so far and you've set up two official visits -- to Penn State and Kansas State. Is it fair to say your decision's going to come down to those two schools?

Jake Waters: Well, Kansas State and Penn State are the only ones I've set up official visits with right now. I might set up another one; I'm not really sure yet. But I set up visits, so I'm really interested in both of those schools. I might set one up with N.C. State, but I'm just going to wait and see because I'm getting calls from other schools [Houston, South Florida], too, so I might just wait it out and see if I even want to make another visit.

NN: One thing Kansas State has that Penn State doesn't is bowl games. That has to be weighing on your mind at least a little, but will that play a big role in your decision?

JW: Well, yeah, it's a big deal -- but it's not going to make or break my decision. I'm going to get a good education and I'll be there to extend my football career, so I'm going to try to make the best decision for me as a whole and not just base it on bowl games.

Academics would be No. 1, but the next most important thing is that I want to go to a place where I can compete for a starting job and feel comfortable at the place I'm at. I want to picture myself living there the rest of my college days.

NN: Was it an easy decision to schedule an official visit with PSU, or did you have to think about it a little bit?

JW: It was relatively easy, I guess, just because of the tradition. And with Coach [Bill] O'Brien being there and me being a quarterback, it was really appealing. It was easy because I've seen Penn State all over the TV since I've been growing up, so I think it'd be cool to check it out.

NN: Your roommate, Aaron Wimberly, is scheduled to head up on the official visit with you. What kind of role will that play in your commitment?

JW: Yeah, we've talked about how cool the visit's going to be, and we're glad we can take it together. We've actually talked about it together a lot, just how cool it's going be, but we're going in there with an open mind.

It would definitely be really cool to play with him again after this year because of the type of friendship we have. But we're not just going to base our decision off that because we want to make the best decision, but it'd definitely be pretty cool.

NN: If your commitment comes down to Penn State and Kansas State, what do you think the deciding factor will end up being?

JW: With K-State and Penn State and some other schools, if they offer me, that means they're already going to want me to come in and compete for a starting job right away, so that's pretty much the same. So when I take my visit, and I'll be able to feel if this feels like home, if this is the place for me. I think that's what it could come down to. I think I'll be able to feel that when I go on my visits.