Kinston’s Tae’Quiz Waters said he’s enjoyed his five years as a football player, adding the sport provides him more than just a chance to show his athletic prowess.
“I like it because it brings out character,” he said. “It shows you team work and how you can’t do things by yourself. You have to rely on somebody one day.”
Safe to say the 18-year-old Waters looks forward to continuing to learn those traits when he plays for Garden City Community College next season.
He signed with the Garden City, Kansas school on Wednesday. Waters will be joined there by Kinston teammate Reginald Clark, who signed there last month.
“My brother is going with me … and that’s very exciting,” Waters said. “When I talked to the coach, he told me a lot of good things about the school and about how the football team is up and coming improving.”
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Waters played offensive tackle and defensive tackle for the Vikings. He was recruited to play on the offensive line.
Waters looks to play right away next season.
“The coach told me to work hard and then we will go from there,” Waters said. “I hope to bring leadership and a positive vibe.”
Waters was named to the first team of All-The Free Press all-area team last season.
Waters said his key to success has been his work in the weight room and his conditioning. He added he carried himself on Friday night with a mindset that “the man across from me is not going to win.”
But before he heads up to Garden City, Waters wants to improve his skills.
“I have to put on some weight to get bigger but I also have to get faster,” he said. “I have to work on my footwork and keep working on making key blocks.”