That's how Iowa Western Community College quarterback Jake Waters felt last weekend as he toured University Park, saw Penn State beat Indiana and hung out with a pair of the Nittany Lions' emerging stars.
Waters made his first of two official visit stops last weekend, spending three days in Happy Valley on an with teammate Aaron Wimberly.
And though he'll head to Kansas State Dec. 7 for an official visit, as well, Penn State put itseld on solid footing with the JUCO standout with less than a month between his visit and his decision -- which will come a few days after his trip to Manhattan, Kan.
“We came up Friday night and hung out with [Penn State wide-receiver] Allen Robinson and [Penn State tight-end] Kyle Carter, and then we got to meet all of the coaches on Saturday before and after the game,” Waters said. “We met with the coaches again on Sunday, and I got to watch some film with them, which was really cool.”
Standing 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Waters' liked the on-field product he saw Saturday. But the off-field chemistry he developed with Robinson and Carter could go a long way, too, as he begins to develop pros and cons for both schools
“The players that I met were really down to Earth,” Waters said. “Allen and Kyle really made me feel comfortable, and like one of the guys. I was impressed by that.”
As for the offense, the nations' leading JUCO passer took time to envision himself in Matt McGloin's shoes.
“McGloin is in total control. He runs the offense and the offense runs through him. He did a really good job, and I'm impressed with the offense,” Waters said. “When I was watching film with Coach O'Brien, he told me I'd have the chance to come in and compete for the job right away, and run the offense right away if I won the job.
“That's any quarterback's dream, to be able to come in right away and have the ability to get the offense in the best play possible,” he added.
Waters has also developed a strong relationship with Nittany Lions' quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, who first watched him workout during Penn State's bye week back in October.
“Coach Fisher is great to talk to, and I usually talk to him or Coach O'Brien throughout the week,” Waters said. “I feel really comfortable with both of them.”