"I'm not a really reluctant guy," he said. "I just wanted to be somewhere where I could get some playing time, to be able to fit in on the defense and help them out and actually get to play."
When he moved to linebacker, he found a lot of aspects he enjoyed. He likes having a more specific role. Rather than scanning the entire field as a free safety, he locks down on the flats and the curls. Waiters said he's benefited from stepping into a more specialized role.
"When you're a free safety, you have to watch the whole field and pretty much be the eraser," he said.
"At 'Sam,' I'm responsible for a few exact things and just have to be pin-point on that."
Mostly, Waiters simply is happy to move into a prominent role. He's had to be patient - waiting the extra semester to join the Herd, hopscotching around the lineup from offense to defense and biding his time on special teams - but that patience has paid off.
MU Coach Doc Holliday said Waiters' trust in his coaches to find the right spot for him and willingness to learn new roles has made him an important part of the team in a short time.
"He's just a great kid with great intangibles who's worked extremely hard and wants to play," Holliday said. "Whatever we ask him to do, he's done, and it shows.
"He's a tremendous athlete," he added. "He was a tremendous athlete in high school. He's just bought in to what we're doing and he's going to do whatever he can to help this team win."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.