In the end, the quarterbacks coach was the deciding factor in Jake Waters recruitment.
No, not Bill O’Brien, the Penn State Nittany Lions coach and a former coach of Tom Brady’s.
No, I’m talking about Del Miller, the quarterbacks coach for the Kansas State Wildcats, to whom Waters picked to play for this afternoon.
Waters is the reigning JUCO Player of the Year after leading Iowa Western Community College to a National Championship. He threw for more than 3,500 yards with a 39-3 touchdown to interception ratio, in addition to rushing for six more scores. Most are contributing Waters decision on KSU to his relationship with Miller.
Miller has remained steadfastly close to Waters throughout the entire recruiting process, and was actually one of the first to recognize his ability. Miller was even visiting personally with Waters last night, right before he was set to announce his decision.
Miller’s recent development with Collin Klein also played a crucial role in Waters mind. Klein finished third overall in Heisman Trophy voting, the highest for a Wildcat since Michael Bishop finished second in 1998. Klein passed for nearly 2,500 yards and also has another 890 yards rushing. He had a combined 37 touchdowns this year between passing and rushing.
Waters will be enrolling in January to take part in spring drills for the Wildcats. He’s expected to compete right away for the starting job with sophomore Daniel Sams. Sams got a little bit of time last year, mainly in mop up duty for the 11-1 Wildcats. In other words, the National Player of the Year will win that qb battle.
Nearly all of the pundits (except moi, thank you very much) were predicting that Waters would be heading to Penn State to play for O’Brien and warm the seat for Christian Hackenberg. Water’s apparently has other plans.
Instead of playing for a team that isn’t technically allowed to win anything, Water’s will be leading the reigning Big 12 champs. Even if the quarterbacks coaches weren’t factored into it, I think the midwestern star would’ve chosen to stay in his home region.
It’ll truly be interesting to see how the Wildcats offense runs next year with Waters behind the wheel.