Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Badgers get commitment from 2015 QB
By Erik McKinney
Wisconsin is on the board for the 2015 class, due in large part to the success new head coach Gary Andersen at his previous stop. After several years at Utah State, Andersen knows the Beehive State well and landed a commitment from one of the state's top 2015 prospects on Tuesday morning in quarterback Austin Kafentzis (Sandy, Utah./Jordan).
Kafentzis committed to Wisconsin during a camp visit, as he took part in Monday's event, which started the clock ticking toward Tuesday's commitment. It was his second time visiting the Badgers this offseason, but the first time Kafentzis had an opportunity to spend time on the field with the Wisconsin staff.
"It sealed the deal to work out with them," Kafentzis said. "I didn't know I'd come here and commit until I got here and started working with the coaches."
It was a quick recruitment for Wisconsin and Kafentzis. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound quarterback said he had never heard from the Badgers until Andersen arrived, but became the first recruit, regardless of class, to be offered by his regime. That meant plenty to Kafentzis, but getting to spend some time up close with Andersen and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig led to his commitment.
"I was out there for the spring game and got to check out the campus, but I didn't get to work out on the field," Kafentzis said. "I love what Coach Ludwig and Coach Andersen are doing. I love how Coach Andersen presents himself and carries himself."
Kafentzis worked out at the Wisconsin camp on Monday, then again on Tuesday's morning session. After that, he and Andersen met.
"Going into it, I asked my dad what he thought about me committing," Kafentzis said. "He backs me up 100 percent and is going to guide me in the right direction. He said to go for it. It's a perfect place and the coaching is unbelievable. I felt like it was the right place and I couldn't thank them enough for the opportunity."
Kafentzis said once he made the decision to commit, he still wasn't quite sure how to handle himself.
"I didn't even know how to approach it," he said. "I was really nervous about it. I'm happy I did it, though. I'm going to be a Badger. I've told a couple of friends and they've congratulated me. It's a good experience and I'm trying to soak it all up and have all the fun I can have with it before it's time to go back and win a couple more state titles. I still have to finish my high school career, so I don't want to jump ahead of things."
Kafentzis has already proved plenty during his two high school seasons. Already a two-year starter, Kafentzis threw for 3,188 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,377 yards and 22 scores as a freshman before breaking his collarbone in the state semifinal game. As a sophomore, he threw for 3,018 yards and 32 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,884 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading his team to a state title with a 58-2 win in the championship game. More of the same is expected of Kafentzis, who will have a chance to lead Jordan to two more state titles before graduating early and enrolling at Wisconsin in the spring of 2015.