Quarterback Cody Kater had a slew of accolades coming out of Montague High School in the class of 2010. A three-star prospect and the No. 26 ranked player in the state of Michigan, Kater also won two state titles and was named the Division 5/6 Player of the Year as a senior.
The 6-4, 230-pound Kater signed with Cincinnati in 2010, but left the Bearcat's program after a semester at the school. He landed at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College last winter and now is ready to assume the starting job for a Raider's program coming off a 10-2 record last fall.
"Cincinnati changed a lot of things and I kind of found out who I was," Kater said. "Coming here, I really got to embrace who I was. Coach is pushing me different directions and challenging me, and that's what I needed."
GRCC head coach Tony Annese has had several Division 1 coaching staffs inquiring since Kater landed at the school last winter. For now, Kater is leaving the recruiting elements to Annese.
"Right now I am just focused on being a Raider," Kater said. "The goals will take care of themselves if I just try to play to my best ability every game.
"I guess there are a bunch of teams asking and making sure that I am here, but mostly we are waiting until the fall when I can get film out."
Among the most interested thus far has been Michigan State. Kater attended a practice in East Lansing back in the spring.
"Michigan State came here two times in the spring to figure out what I am doing as a player and how I have progressed," Kater said. "They also recruited me in high school."
Kater has four more years of eligibility, and could be out this winter with three still remaining if the right scholarship offer comes along and he can achieve the necessary credits.
"I could have another fall here, but I am trying to be one and done," Kater said. "[Annese] is pushing me to get enough credits so I can leave after this first semester. If the right situation does not come up, then I always have another fall."