Friday, December 7, 2012
Texas contacts third junior college QB
By William Wilkerson
Add Jake Waters’ name to the list of junior college quarterbacks the Longhorns have inquired about.
Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin gave Waters (Council Bluffs, IA/Iowa Western Community College) a call on Thursday night to inform him of the Longhorns' interest in him.
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“He just called me and said that they saw my film, that they were impressed and told me a little bit about their situation and what I thought,” Waters said. “I would for sure have interest in them.”
Receiving a call from the Longhorns caught Waters off guard.
“My head coach texted me and said he was going to,” he said. “But when I got the text I was a little surprised that Texas would be looking at a juco. I am definitely interested and excited about it.
“I know a lot about them. They are always on television and are one of the best programs in the country year in and year out. I have a pretty good understanding of what Texas is all about.”
Earlier this week Texas reached out to fellow juco signal callers Tanner McEvoy and Nick Marshall. Its interest in Waters is understandable too.
He completed 244 of 333 passes for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and three interceptions this season while leading IWCC to a perfect season, which it capped with the Junior College National Championship. He also added six rushing touchdowns and 256 rushing yards.
Waters (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) wants to make a decision quickly, possibly by junior college national signing day on Dec. 19. He’s being proactive in trying to figure out where he wants to spend the next chapter of his life.
He’ll take his official visit to Kansas State this weekend and has already taken official visits to Penn State and North Carolina State.
With his mind occupied on the Wildcats for the next few days, Waters said he would give Harsin a call early next week to figure out what the next step with Texas is.
“I am going to talk to him and figure out if this is going to work out to visit or not,” he said.
What is someone who put those types of numbers doing in a junior college?
“I went to a small school here in Iowa so I didn’t have any other opportunities to play college football,” said Waters, who led 1A Council Bluff (IA) St. Albert to state titles as a sophomore and senior. “So this was my only option to play college football.
“I just wanted to come here and have another chance to be recruited and be on a really good team. It’s all coming around now.”
Like a true quarterback, Waters deflects all attention toward his teammates when asked to brag on himself. But when he does list off his best attributes he mentions the intangibles.
“I think I am just a good leader,” he said. “I know how to win. I am smart with the football and am accurate.”
In certain ways he sees some Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers in himself.
“Because Rodgers was in my similar situation,” he said. “He had to go the juco route because of lack of interest out of high school. I always think I have a little connection with him. Brees doesn’t have the strongest arm but he wins. He is really, really accurate and not overly tall. I can compare to both of them.”
Waters said he plays in a spread offense now but doesn’t necessarily have to in college.
“I went under center in high school so I can adjust to any type of offense,” he said.
In addition to Penn State, Kansas State and North Carolina State, Waters also has offers from Akron, Florida Atlantic and Houston. Alabama stopped by his school this week as well.