All-America quarterback Jake Waters chose Kansas State over Penn State on Thursday, forcing the Lions to continue their search at the position.

Waters announced his decision at a press conference at Iowa Western Community College, which he led to the National Junior College championship this season. He said the decision came down to Kansas State and Penn State, whose head coach visited him in Iowa on Monday.

"In my gut, this is the best thing for me as a student and player, so I just went with that," Waters said.

Waters said he told Penn State's coaching staff several days ago that he was "pretty much heading there." But Kansas State quarterbacks coach Del Miller visited Tuesday, and Waters said he thought it over again and "something clicked."

"God showed me a sign that Kansas State was the place for me," Waters said.

Waters led the Reivers to the NJCAA national title in just their fourth year of existence. He broke Cam Newton's junior-college record for completion rate (73.3 percent) and led the nation in yards passing (3,501) and touchdowns (39).

Penn State began recruiting Waters earlier this season. The quarterback visited State College for the Penn State-Indiana game. He also took an official visit to Kansas State last weekend.

On Saturday, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein called Waters from New York, where he was attending the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Waters called that "definitely cool."


He also said the ability to play in the postseason was a factor. Penn State cannot play in a bowl game the next three years. Waters has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"At the end of the day, [Kansas State] was my gut and my heart," he said.

The decision leaves Steven Bench as the only quarterback currently projected to participate in spring drills. Bench was a freshman this season. Virginia prospect Christian Hackenberg, who has given the Nittany Lions a verbal commitment, will not begin practicing with the team until next August.