WOULDN'T YOU say it's rather fitting that someone named Waters has committed to Navy?

Despite the name, it wasn't a done deal all along, folks.

T-J Waters, a 6-4, 225-pound senior linebacker from West Catholic, thought hard about Virginia Military Institute and West Chester, and even visited those schools before trekking last weekend to Annapolis, Md.

But in the end, the Midshipmen won his heart.

"When I saw how tight everyone was, the brotherhood, I knew Navy was the best place for me," Waters said. "I liked West Chester for the close distance and VMI because they don't have the mandatory commission after graduation.

"But in talking with the guys at Navy, and hearing their thoughts on the commission [mandatory 5 years], I came to realize, 'This is for me.' When I finish my commission, who knows, maybe I'll decide to stay in the Navy. Either way, I'll have great leadership qualities under my belt, the kind a lot of 27- or 28-year-olds don't have."

Waters intends to major in mechanical engineering.

"I took a tour of that area," he said. "Seeing it steered me away from any other major I might have been considering."

- Ted Silary