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June 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Waters headed to Arizona Western, hopes to return to UW

Darius Waters, one of three players from Lakes High to sign with UW last February, hopes to still join his teammates one day as a Husky.
For now, however, he’s headed to Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., after finding out he would not be eligible to enroll at UW this fall.
Waters, a 6-1, 227-pound linebacker, said that it was “mainly GPA” (grade point average) that got in his way.
“It was something I couldn’t catch up with,” said Waters, listed as the No. 50 defensive end in the country last year by ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc.
So Waters will have to earn an AA degree at Arizona Western to be eligible to play at a four-year school. He said his plan is to spend (and play) two years at Arizona Western and then return to UW (so he’d have two years of eligibility left when he returns).
“It’s disappointing,” he said. “But I figure that if this is the way I have to go to get there (to UW) then I’ll do it.”
Waters said he is heading to Arizona Western because he can get a scholarship there and it was also recommended by the coaches at UW.
That’s the same school that Emeka Iweka and Keauntea Bankhead — two other players who signed at UW and didn’t get eligible — also attended, though neither of those two made it back to Washington.
Waters is one of two 2010 incoming freshmen who apparently won’t make it in, the other being Auburn’s Chris Young. It’s still unclear, however, what the future plans are for Young.

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