Council Bluffs (Iowa) Iowa Western C.C. is ranked as the No. 1 junior college team in the country as the Reivers have simply been dominant in their first five games this year. The relatively new program is clocking on all cylinders.
Jake Waters has received offers from Akron and North Carolina State and is receiving interest from Auburn, Fresno State, Kansas State and Toledo.
The offense is averaging 64.8 points per game against a schedule that has included four teams ranked in the top 20 at the time. Leading the way is quarterback Jake Waters, a dual-threat prospect who has the team rolling. Recently the 6-foot-2, 215-pound passer received his first offer.
“Akron offered me last week,” Waters said on Monday evening. “My coach told me they were interested earlier in the week and he said he wouldn’t be surprised if they offered. He told me they were going to and they just called me and said they were.
“That was awesome to get my first offer. It felt great. I didn’t get anything out of high school so that was my first-ever true offer so it felt really good.”
On Monday, Waters added another offer – this time from an ACC program. According to the three-star prospect it sort of came out of the blue.
“N.C. State offered me today,” he said. “The recruiting coordinator called me and said they really liked me and liked my film. They thought I’d be a good fit there and they just said they were going to offer me.
“That was the first time I had heard from them. It was sort of crazy. My coach had sent my film out but he hadn’t really had that much contact with them either, I don’t think.”
A few other programs are showing Waters quite a bit of attention as well.
“Kansas State is really close (to offering),” he said. “They’re just waiting on coach (Bill) Snyder to give the offensive coordinator the ok to offer. Auburn called me. Toledo has been calling me a lot and Fresno State as well.”
With the recruiting process having just started for Waters, he has not had time to think about favorites and is still considering every program interested in him.
“I’ll take whatever I can get,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind if every school offered me. I’ll take what I can get. I just want a good fit. I want to come in and be able to compete for a starting spot. That’s a big thing. The coaches are important too. Location isn’t a big thing for me because I’ll play anywhere.”
Waters was a full qualifier out of high school so he can leave after the fall semester. In five games this year he has thrown for 1,444 yards, 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has also added 182 yards and four scores on the ground.