July 4, 2009
Waters Names a Leader
Unlike positions such as offensive or defensive linemen, Baylor generally will only take one or two tight ends in each class. Art Briles and his staff have been very selective with which players they have chosen to go after, and the first tight end to receive an offer from the Bears was Mansfield (Tx) Summitt product Eric Waters.
It was originally reported that Waters had committed to Missouri, but according to the 6-4, 215lb tight end that was just a case of misunderstanding.
"When I was committed, I was only just coming out of my junior year and I was getting a bunch of offers," said Waters. "It didn't come out of my mouth that I wanted to commit to them. When I talked to the Missouri web site they put that around. It's not a bad thing, but I was never really committed to them."
While he never officially gave his pledge to the Tigers, Missouri is still one of the teams he is considering among offers from Baylor, Kansas, Houston, Rice, and others.
Even through the rumors of his commitment to another school, Waters has kept in constant contact with the Baylor coaching staff.
"I talk with Baylor a lot," said Waters. "A lot, a lot. It's a great school. They're definitely on the rise, and to be honest they're at the top of my list."
The Dallas area product believes like many Baylor fans that the program is turning around and he wants to be a part of that. The ability to help in the rebuilding process and play early is what mainly attracts Waters to Baylor.
"I like that they're a program on the rise, and I have a chance to come in there and play as a freshman," said Waters. "I want to get in there and continue the success that they should have in the future. That's a big deal to me."
Waters plans on making an official decision sometime this summer, and he has a trip planned to visit Baylor in the next week or two. Along with the visit planned early this month, he will also attend the Bears' camp later this month which will be the first and possibly only camp he attends this summer.
Senior tight end Justin Akers will be gone by the time Waters potentially arrives on campus, but he seems himself playing a role similar to a current Baylor player he could end up playing with.
"I think I fit in Baylor's offense really good. For example the tight end they have now Brad Taylor happens to be the model of what I want to be when I get down there. I think I fit into Baylor really good."
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