Nation's Top JUCO QB Jake Waters Snubs Penn State for Kansas State

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 13, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Jake Waters, 4-star quarterback from Iowa Western Community College, has chosen to commit to the Kansas State Wildcats over the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Waters is considered to be the No. 1 pro-style JUCO quarterback in the nation by 247Sports, so this is a big win for Bill Snyder and his staff.

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reports the news via his Twitter account:

QB Jake Waters, who led Iowa Western to a JC national title w 39 TDs & 3 INTs, just picked K-State over Penn St.

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 13, 2012

With the addition of Waters, the Wildcats now stand at 15 recruits for 2013, and he's arguably the most important.

Waters checks in at 6'2'', 215 pounds, which is good size for a quarterback, but he also runs a 4.60 40 according to 247Sports. He has exceptional speed for a quarterback, and that's key to being able to effectively run the Wildcats offense.

Redshirt senior Collin Klein has passed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns this year, but he also ran for 890 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. That goes to show you how important being able to run is for the quarterback in K-State's offense. If Waters wants to be Klein's replacement, he at least has the speed to do so.

Klein ran a 4.65 40 coming into Kansas State according to his profile, so they are comparable.

It's not as if Waters will walk in and be handed the starting job though. He's going to have some tough competition, specifically in redshirt freshman Daniel Sams. That quarterback competition will be a very interesting one to watch.

That said, there's no doubting that the Wildcats just got a great recruit. JC Shurburtt of 247Sports tweeted out that Waters actually broke some JUCO records that were set by a former college football standout that many will recognize:

New #KState QB commit Jake Waters broke some of Cam Newton's JUCO records. #Wildcats

— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) December 13, 2012

Waters broke Newton's single-season pass completion percentage record according to Brian Perroni of 247Sports.

Waters' commitment also stays true to Snyder's JUCO philosophy (via Lisa Horne/Bleacher Report) at Kansas State, where he generally gives junior college players many more chances than the average college football program would.

It's hard to argue with the success he's had utilizing this philosophy, and if Waters turns into the next great K-State quarterback once Klein moves on, one could only imagine that more programs will start following Snyder's lead.

How does this decision impact Penn State?

While the Nittany Lions lost out on picking up a talented quarterback, they'll end up being just fine at the position. Penn State has the commitment of Christian Hackenberg, who's a 5-star quarterback recruit and is considered to be the No. 2 overall pro-style quarterback according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so if anything, it lost out on a good backup quarterback.

Hackenberg is the future of that program at the quarterback position and it doesn't look like his commitment will sway. Bringing in Waters would be beneficial from a depth standpoint for Penn State, as he would be a more-than-adequate backup, but not getting his commitment won't go down as a significant loss.

Penn State will move on down the recruiting trail.

Kansas State, on the other hand, can celebrate the fact that it just got a very good quarterback recruit, and he very well could be the future of the program.

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