Jake Waters, of top-ranked Iowa Western Community College, has received four offers on the past two weeks, the latest coming from the Kansas State Wildcats. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore quarterback, who made mid-summer visit to Manhattan, said he was "ecstatic" to receive the K-State offer.
"We were sitting in the cafeteria," said Jake Waters. "The coach came over and told me to answer the phone. Two seconds later, Coach Miller was telling me I had the offer. I've been taking with them since last spring. They told me they liked my accuracy, smarts, and my leadership. I've been there on an official. Unfortunately, they'll be out of town on our bye week, so I'll have to wait and see when I have a free weekend to make it back up.
"It was definitely exciting to receive the offer. I feel like all of the hard work I've put in has finally paid off. It's one thing when the coaches tell you that they're interested and another when they actually offer you. It's feels good."
Waters received his first offer from Akron, but soon received others from N.C. State, FAU, followed by Kansas State. A qualifier out of high school, Waters could have come out after last season at Iowa Western, but will be ready to graduate in December and join his new school in January.
"I want to go to a place where I can come in and have a shot at the starting position," Waters said. "I'd like to be in a nice place with a good community around the campus and good academics. I'm hoping to be able to fit in a few visits before I make a decision. Our season goes until December, so I'm trying to research schools and look at my schedule to try and make it work."
In the second year as starting signal caller from the Reivers, Waters has passed for 1444 yards at 71-percent with 18 touchdowns to three interceptions. He's also added 182 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
"Things are going really well," he said. "We're 5-0 and ranked number one in the nation. We run a spread offense. In my second year, I'm a lot more comfortable back there reading the plays and taking what the defense gives me. With a year as the starter under my belt, I have a good understanding of what the coaches want to do. My stats have been pretty good so far. My biggest game was week two against New Mexico Military. I was 34 of 45 passing for 415 yards and four touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. I think I'm a pass-first quarterback, who can also beat you with his legs."
The head coach at Iowa Western is Scott Strohmeier, a former college quarterback, who has groomed four quarterbacks to Division 1 programs since taking over in 2008.