November 8, 2011
Kater reacts to CMU offer, adds another offer
Cody Kater has recently picked up his first two offers as a junior college transfer. One came from Central Michigan last week and the Florida International Golden Panthers offered on Monday night. There are also three other schools that are major players right now for Kater's services: Connecticut, Minnesota and San Diego State. Michigan State could have an impact, but they have not shown interest in a while.
"Central Michigan certainly has a special spot in my heart. I was committed there for about seven months and it's only an hour and a half from my home town. I'm pretty open-minded right now, but Central Michigan is definitely up there."
Chippewa fans are very familiar with Kater at this point. He was a dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2010 that was committed to Central Michigan throughout the fall of 2009. 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.
The GRCC quarterback will have three years of eligibility left when he signs with a program. Kater wants to enroll at a school in January, so he will have to make a decision and sign a letter of intent by December 15. He wants to commit to a school by the end of November or early December.
"I would say I want to decide by the end of November or the beginning of December. I'm not trying to rush things at all, but I'm not really going to have a chance to go on any official visits, so everything I do is affected by that."
Kater has a couple friends that attend Central Michigan and he has been in Mount Pleasant a few 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. Because the Montague native will not be able to make any official visits before December 15, the fact that Kater has already been to CMU could be a huge factor in his decision.
"It plays a big role. I've been up there a couple times and I've been on the campus and I saw the football facilities when Coach Jones was there. Those things do play a big role because I do have something set in my mind in regards to CMU, while I've never been into the facilities at these other schools."
Grand Rapids Community College is 11-0 and they were ranked No. 5 in the nation going into last weekend. They defeated Iowa Western 26-24 to win the Midwest Football Conference championship and now just waiting to find out where they will play their bowl game. There was one game where GRCC picked up a win by forfeit, so Kater only has 10 games worth of stats. In those games, he is 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.
Junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff is expected to be the starter for the Chippewas again in 2012, but Kater says that that getting a starting job next fall will not necessarily be the deciding factor in what school he commits to.
"It's important, but it's more important to get a chance to compete for a job," said Kater. "That's really all I'm asking for is a chance to compete for the starting job. And when it comes down to it, you're focusing on the school that you want to go to, socially, academically and where you will fit in with guys on the team, as well as the rest of the student body. Those things do play a factor, but having a chance to compete with a guy who is a two year starter is all you can ask for."
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