Knoxville (Tenn.) Bearden athlete Trent Waters began the recruiting process as a running back, but now that schools are starting to get tape of his exploits on the defensive side of the ball, interest has significantly spiked.
"Most of the schools I'm talking to like me as a linebacker," Waters said. "Louisville likes me as a fullback and UNLV wants as a running back so it's kind of all over the place."
So far, the Rebels are the only school to offer Waters, but he said other schools are waiting for him to take his ACT before extending offers. He's set to take the test at the end of the month.
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Some of the schools that like Waters as a linebacker include Arkansas, Tennessee and Clemson and Middle Tennessee State. He believes that the Razorbacks or the Blue Raiders will be the next school to offer.
"I talk to MTSU and Arkansas a lot," he said. "I think the first one will be either one of them and Louisville will be right behind me because they've told me I'm the No. 1 fullback on their board."
So far this fall, Waters has taken unofficial visits to MTSU, Tennessee, and Louisville and also received visit invites from Ole Miss and Arkansas. He said he's not concerned about which position he plays on the field, but rather with finding the right program to do it at.
"I just want to play football," he said. "It doesn't really matter at what position as long as it's a good fit."
As far as his official visit schedule, Waters is planning to take one to UNLV after the season. The rest of his schedule is up in the air while he waits to gather more offers. Either way, he plans to take all five of his visits.
"Before I make a decision I have to know which one is perfect for me," he said. "I want to see everything that they have to offer."
One thing that might put UNLV behind the other interested schools despite the school's significant interest in Waters, is the distance from his Tennessee home.
"I probably want to be close to home because I've never really been too far," he said. "I'm also looking for a good communications program and I'm not too concerned about early playing time because I know that will work itself out."