Bill O’Brien made Penn State’s first significant foray into the JUCO world in years, and finished in 2nd place. Quarterback Jake Waters of Iowa Western Community College, this year’s NJCAA champion, announced at a press conference this morning that he will be attending Kansas State.
Waters chose the Wildcats primarily over Penn State, but recently both Texas and Alabama had begun to show interest. Going into this season, Waters was a relative unknown, garnering only light interest, and just one scholarship offer from an FCS program. However, as he began to put together an impressive season that ended with over 3,500 passing yards, 39 TDs through the air, and another 6 on the ground, bigger names began to show interest. Along with PSU and Kansas State, Waters also held offers from NC State, Akron, Florida Atlantic, and Houston.
Missing out on Waters puts O’Brien, Charlie Fisher and the rest of the Penn State staff in an interesting position heading into the off season. Barring an unexpected change, PSU will enter spring practice with just one scholarship QB sophomore to be Steven Bench. Heralded recruit Christian Hackenberg will arrive in the summer, but the Lions depth at the most important spot on the field will be minimal at best. Bench threw just 8 passes this past season, and Hackenberg’s next snap will be his first in college.
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