Junior college quarterback Jake Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) tried to relax at Tuesday's practice.
He knew Penn State assistant Charlie Fisher was watching from the sideline, and he felt as if this was a tryout. The 6-foot-2 quarterback wanted to impress Penn State, to show he was deserving of an offer, so he consciously attempted not to press and just play his game.
Waters felt afterward he succeeded. And he was rewarded when Fisher approached him following practice and finally extended that offer.
"He said they liked everything they saw, and they wanted to offer me a scholarship," Waters said. "It was kind of brief, but he said Coach [Bill] O'Brien would call me later this week.
"I'm really excited right now. I don't know what to think, but I think it's just great. I know Coach O'Brien's background, and it's really appealing to me."
Waters now boasts five offers -- PSU, Akron, Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, NC State -- and insisted he holds no favorites. He'll graduate in December, so he hopes to start making his official visits in late November.
He has yet to schedule any officials, and he's not quite sure what campuses he'll tour. But he said Penn State was obviously a real possibility.
"I'm still trying to sort everything out, but I have a pretty good idea that I want to take a visit there," he said. "But nothing's for sure yet. I'm going to meet with my head coach next week, and we're going to talk about everything."
The juco quarterback said the offer came as a bit of a surprise. He still plans to do more homework on all the schools that offered, but he already knew a few things about PSU.
"I don't really care about the sanctions. They have a coach who knows the NFL game, and that's the type of offense they have there," Waters said. "And, with the academic side, it's a great school."
Through six games, Waters has completed 74 percent of his passes for 1,696 yards. He has thrown 22 touchdown passes to just three interceptions, and his team is ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).