November 22, 2011

Kater excited to get to Mount Pleasant

he journey of Cody Kater has come full circle. Two years ago, Kater was committed to Central Michigan for seven months before decommitting from the Chippewas and following Butch Jones to Cincinnati. After redshirting for a year at Cincinnati, he left the Bearcats and transferred to Grand Rapids Community College. Last weekend, he committed to the Chippewas and announced that commitment a week ago. The Montague, Mich. Native had offers from Connecticut, Florida International and San Diego State, along with some strong interest from Minnesota.

T"It was pretty tough because I didn't really want to do it until late November. But when it came down to it, I knew where my heart was and where my gut was on the whole situation. I spent some time with the coaches and the players. It felt good to be up there again, to be around the football offices. As time started to pass, I just knew it was the right thing to do."

One of the biggest factors in his decision is the fact that Mount Pleasant is only an hour and a half from his hometown of Montague, which is an hour of Grand Rapids.

"CMU is right in my back door. I would never get that time back with my family that I would miss if I went to a school in a different part of the country. I wanted to stay close to here and it was the right decision for me."

It is also very clear that Kater is excited to finally be coming to Mount Pleasant and to get a chance to wear the Maroon and Gold.

"I was committed there for seven months. I know what it's like up there. I know I'm going to be comfortable there for the next three and a half years. It means a lot to me to be able to play for Central Michigan and to wear those colors just because I thought about it for so long. It means a lot more to me now and I'm just excited to play there."

Kater made his decision after visiting Mount Pleasant and going to the Central Michigan-Ohio game on November 10. The only school that is planning to take an official visit to is CMU, which he says he will take in December before the players go home for break.

He is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on December 15 so that he can enroll at CMU in January for the spring semester in time to participate in spring ball.

"I'm real excited. I'm hungry more than ever right now just because I was at the Division 1 level and have gone through junior college. Now I just want to get back to that level and do what I'm able to do. I'm very hungry and I'm excited at the same time to get this ball rolling and be a part of this family."

This fall, he was 157-of-230 passing for 2,218 yards and 19 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. He also has 80 carries for 356 yards and nine touchdowns, while leading the Raiders to a record of 11-0 and a No. 3 ranking in the NJCAA. He will provide more competition at the quarterback spot for the CMU coaching staff and they showed that excitement when he commitment.

"They were excited. I feel like they could almost see it coming. They knew my situation and what I'd gone through and they knew that I was committed there for seven months, so they knew what it meant to me."

The addition of Kater certainly adds intrigue to CMU's quarterback situation. With 24 collegiate starts under his belt, junior Ryan Radcliff is certainly expected to be the starter next fall. However, there are three legitimate quarterbacks that will challenge for the backup job in 2012 and the starting job in 2013. Along with Kater, current backup AJ Westendorp returns, as does Alex Niznak, who was a highly touted recruit in 2011 and redshirted this fall. Current CMU commit Cooper Rush would most likely redshirt next fall, but would compete for snaps in 2013 and beyond.

"They told me that everyone will get a chance to compete right away and that's everything I can ask for. Nothing is promised to anyone at any time and that's how a program is built. In that sense, I'm just going to have a chance to compete and that's all that matters."

The Grand Rapids CC quarterback will be playing in his fourth offense in four years, but that does not concern him and he will be ready to learn the Chippewas' system when he arrives. However, he is very excited about getting a chance to play with several receivers and linemen for the next three seasons.

"That actually played a big part of my decision. Those receivers and those linemen are guys that I'm going to be building relationships with and bonding with over the next three years. Each year, we'll work and try to get better. That played a big role just because we can all come up together and show what Central Michigan football can be."

Kater is ready to get to Central Michigan and get to work. He wants to play at a high level and try to bring a MAC Championship to Mount Pleasant.

"Individually, I just want to get back to that level and compete with the guys around me. I just want get better each day and make everyone better around me. As a team, I just want everybody to work and get better every day as we try to win a MAC Championship."

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