December 22, 2011

Kater signs National Letter of Intent

On Wednesday, Grand Rapids Community College quarterback and 2012 Central Michigan commitment Cody Kater signed his National Letter of Intent so that he can enroll at CMU in the spring semester and join the Chippewas for spring practice.

"It feels good," said Kater. "I haven't been dreading it or thinking about it too much. It's a little different after doing it the first time. It's a process that you have to go to. It's good to have it finally signed and have it on paper that this is where I'm going to be. In my head, I knew where I was going to be the whole time."

Kater is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and has mobility outside the pocket. In 2009 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.

This fall, he was 157-of-230 passing for 2,218 yards and 19 touchdowns, with eight interceptions, for the GRCC Raiders. He also had 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 have three years of eligibility left, starting with the 2012 season.

After the season, he was named to the Midwest Football Conference All-Region first team and the All-Midwest Football Conference first team.

"We are excited to have Cody in our program," said CMU head coach Dan Enos. "He is an outstanding player and person who will have a chance to compete immediately and will provide depth at our quarterback position."

Kater, a native of Montague, Mich., took his official visit CMU on the weekend of December 9-10. He missed the previous weekend with all of the commitments because he had his last week of school, including final exams.

"I've seen it all before, but getting back into the facilities and seeing everything that's going on feels right again," said Kater. "It was really about just spending time with the new coaching staff and getting my parents acclimated with everything."

Many Chippewa fans are now familiar with Kater's story. He was a CMU commit two years ago before decommitting and following Butch Jones to Cincinnati, where he stayed for one season before transferring to GRCC. Now he is looking forward to settling in at one place for more than one season.

"It's going to be nice. I'm really looking forward to that. It's been a long two years, bouncing around and not really knowing where I was going to end up. After being at Cincinnati, where there was a lot of stress and I was really just miserable and upset with myself, it's really nice to settle down and know what I want to accomplish."

Kater also says that because he has switched schools already one time has taught him lessons that will help to be successful in the early part of this experience.

"You need to apply yourself to what the coaches are saying and telling me about the playbook and the things that they're telling to do; you have to go do, especially when you first get there. On the practice field and the meeting rooms, really everywhere, you have to be applying yourself, so that you can catch on quickly."

The signing of Kater will create depth for the Chippewas at arguably the most important position on the roster. As of right now, there will be five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster next season: Kater, fifth-year senior Ryan Radcliff, fourth-year junior A.J. Westendorp, redshirt freshman Alex Niznak, and incoming freshman Cooper Rush.

Kater is ready to move forward with his career and begin his time in Mount Pleasant, saying that he is as excited and motivated as he has been in a long time.

"I'm really excited. I think I'm hungrier than I've ever been. Having Division 1 football taken away and playing a year of junior college football, you miss a lot of things. You miss the competition, you miss the meetings and you just want to get back in it. I'm just hungry right now to start this and move forward."

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