October 21, 2011

Two years later, Kater back on CMU's radar

Chippewa fans will most likely remember Cody Kater. He was a dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2010 that committed to Central Michigan. When Butch Jones left for Cincinnati, Kater eventually decommitted and followed Jones to the Queen City.

However, after redshirting during his first year with the Bearcats, Kater transferred from Cincinnati and landed at Grand Rapids Community College. GRCC is located in downtown Grand Rapids, about an hour south of Kater's hometown of Montague.

When he signed with Cincinnati, the Montague native was 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Almost two years later, Kater is up to 235 pounds and his 40 yard dash has been hovering around 4.7 seconds. Along with the offers from CMU and Cincinnati in 2010, he had an offer from Northwestern as well. Bowling Green, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan State, Northern Illinois and TCU also showed some interest.

Kater does not have any offers yet this time around, but he has picked up serious interest from a variety of programs throughout the country. Central Michigan is interested in him again, along with Appalachian State, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan State, Toledo and Wisconsin. He has not decided on any leaders or a top five as far as which school he might commit to.

The GRCC quarterback will have three years of eligibility left when he signs with a program. He wants to commit to a school by the end of November or early December and plans to enroll at that school in January.

"I really want to make my decision by the end of November or early December. That way, I can know where I'm going to go and get prepared because when the end of December rolls around, I'm going to be going in a whole different program. It's kind of weird that I don't know where I'm going right now and in two months, I'm going to be in a whole different place. These next two months are going to be crazy."

The recruiting process is generally shorter when players are coming out of junior college than when they were coming out of high school. Kater says that a lot of JC players will not get offered until November.

"It's really different. In high school, they treat you like a 17 or 18 year old, but now it's all business. That's how the college football world is. It's all business and when you're a high school kid, you don't really realize that. They want a junior college guy to come in and play right away and battle for a starting position. That's how they treat you. They're not going to baby you. They're going to throw you in there and see if you can handle it."

The Montague native is looking for a school that he can see himself graduating from and a place that is going to give him some good coaching, as well as a program that is going to give him a great chance to showcase his abilities.

"It's about picking the school that I want to go to and that I can see myself graduating from. Location plays a big part of it. I'm looking for a place that going to give me the best opportunity to show my abilities on the field. The program that's going to let me do my thing and going to give me good coaching and also put in position to graduate. That's the program that I'm looking for."

Kater has a few friends that attend Central Michigan and he has been in Mount Pleasant several times since he moved back to Grand Rapids, but he has yet to visit the football program in that span. He did visit the CMU football program when he was in high school. In fact, it was the only school that he visited prior to switching his commitment to Cincinnati. He also visited Michigan State last spring when he went to their spring game. The GRCC quarterback said that he is going to wait until after the regular season to make his official visits.

"I'm going to wait until the end of the regular season to do the visits. I'm not really focused on any of that right now. I'm just focused on being a Raider right now. We're No. 6 in the nation and we're undefeated and I'd like to keep it that way."

Grand Rapids Community College is 8-0 heading into this weekend and they are ranked No. 6 in the nation.

In eight games, Kater is 122-177 on passing attempts (68.9 completion percentage) for 1,788 yards and 17 touchdowns, with only four interceptions, for a 181.0 passer rating. He is also the Raiders third leading rusher with 283 yards on 52 carries (5.4 yards per carry), with six rushing touchdowns.

They have two more regular season games, which will be followed by a conference title game and then a bowl game. Their quarterback has set some high goals for himself and for his teammates.

"I want to put my teammates in the best position to score and to help us win. I want get the ball to the guys around me and let them showcase their athletic ability. I'm just looking to go undefeated and keep this thing rolling."

Central Michigan is still in the picture and they keep in contact with the Montague native on a pretty consistent basis.

"I talked to Coach Nystrom today. We talk about once a week. He is just keeping me updated on how CMU is doing. He also asks me how I'm doing and how things are going on my end. I've gotten to know Coach Nystrom through the whole process here recently and I knew Coach Enos from when he was at Michigan State."

Kater was recruited as a dual-threat quarterback out of high school, with offers from schools that had spread and spread-option style offenses. But he is being recruited by programs with a wide range of offenses as a junior college transfer and he is more than okay with that.

"It's really just about putting myself in the right opportunity with the right coaches where I can showcase my abilities. There's not really a particular system that I'm looking for, it's just being able to put my teammates and my offense in the best position to score more touchdowns than the other team. The system that's going to put the most points on the board is the system that I want to be in."

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