Montague quarterback Kody Kater de-commits from CMU

Kody Kater, a former CMU commit, decided to follow former CMU head coach Butch Jones to Cincinnati.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Central Michigan football team will officially add a number of recruits to their football team on National Signing Day, which happens all across the country. Unfortunately, one of those prized recruits will not be quarterback Kody Kater.

Kater, who had originally committed to CMU shortly after the Oct. 11 home football game against Eastern Michigan, de-committed from CMU over the weekend and will join former CMU head coach Butch Jones in Cincinnati.
Losing Kater is a huge loss for the incoming recruiting class. The 6’4, 200 lb, dual-threat quarterback out of Montague High School, which is located 18 miles north of Muskegon, was rated a three-star prospect by recruiting experts at and The Detroit News has Kater ranked in their annual “Top 15 Blue Chip players” in the state of Michigan, ranking him the 11th best prep football player in the state.

To put Kater’s three-star ranking into perspective, CMU has only three other three-star commitments that will play for the Chips starting this fall. has the Chippewas adding 18 total players, but that could change before Feb. 3.

This past season, Kater threw for over 2500 yards and 34 touchdowns, while throwing only seven interceptions. In addition to his arm, Kater also ran for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season.

“I have a lot of faith in (Coach Jones) staff,” Kater told the Detroit News on Saturday. “Plus it (Cincinnati) is a BCS school. What else can you ask for?” said Kater.

With Kater now going to Cincinnati, the Chippewas only have three quarterbacks on the roster- sophomore Ryan Radcliff, junior Derek Rifenbury and redshirt freshman A.J. Westendorp. Between the three quarterbacks, only Radcliff has scored a touchdown- a rushing touchdown at Boston College last season. Kater was the only quarterback that CMU had on its recruiting commitment list, until last weekend.

A statement from Central Michigan University on behalf of Kater de-committing has not been released; phone calls made to the CMU Sports Information Department were not returned.