Thursday, December 13, 2012
Penn State misses out on juco QB Waters
By Brian Bennett
Penn State fans were disappointed today when junior college All-America quarterback Jake Waters announced he had committed to Kansas State.
The Nittany Lions were thought to be in the lead for Waters, and he said during his news conference that he was leaning toward Penn State the past few days. In the end, though, he said he went with his gut in picking Kansas State.
Waters threw 39 touchdowns against just three interceptions while leading Iowa Western to a junior college national title this season. His commitment would have been a nice coup for Bill O'Brien, who could have used Waters as a bridge to star incoming high school recruit Christian Hackenberg. Rising sophomore Steven Bench is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster right now.
Will losing Waters turn out to be a major blow for Penn State? Who knows? It was amusing to see Lions fans (and Kansas State fans, for that matter) get so worked up over a guy they probably had not even heard of until a few weeks ago. He might turn out to be a star, or he could be the next Rob Bolden or Paul Jones. Nobody knows for sure.
O'Brien probably still will want to add a quarterback in this class if at all possible, for depth if nothing else. But for now, Bench will enter the spring as the starter and will have a leg up on Hackenberg after learning O'Brien's system for one year.