Top junior college recruit Jake Waters announced this morning he will play at Kansas State, meaning Penn State will have to look elsewhere to add depth to its quarterback situation.
Waters, a 6-2, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback from Iowa Western Community College who threw for 3,194 yards and 34 touchdowns, was deciding between K-State and Penn State, and many analysts had predicted he would choose the Nittany Lions. One of the top junior college players in the country, he had also received interest from Alabama and Texas.
"I really liked both schools and connected with both coaching staffs," he said of K-State and Penn State.
"But at the end of the day it's what I felt in the gut. In my gut I feel this is the best thing for me as a student and a player so I just went with that."
At Penn State, Waters could have competed for the starting quarterback spot. Because of the graduation of Matt McGloin and Shane McGregor, along with the transfers of Paul Jones and Rob Bolden, Penn State has only one quarterback on its roster for the spring at this point in freshman Steven Bench.
Penn State has a verbal commitment from high school quarterback Christian Hackenberg, but Hackenberg, if he maintains his commitment and signs, won't be able to enroll in time for the spring.
Mark Dent: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @mdent05 First Published December 13, 2012 12:00 AM