He may not be a household name right now, but 2015 recruit and dual-threat quarterback Austin Kafentzis should have Wisconsin football fans jumping around like it’s the end of the third quarter at Camp Randall. After a campus visit and meeting with first year head coach Gary Andersen, Kafentzis verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin.
Badger football fans may be asking why get excited about a player who is only in his junior year at Jordan high school in Sandy, Utah? Well, Kafentzis has already begun to draw comparisons to one of the most electrifying and exciting players to watch in college football, Johnny Manziel.
In only his freshman year of high school, Kafentzis was named MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year after his remarkable season with the Beetdiggers. He finished the season with 3,199 yards through the air and added an additional 1,337 yards with his feet, concluding his freshman year campaign with a total of 4,576 yards and 45 touchdowns. His efforts also earned him first team all-state, but that wasn’t enough for him. Sports Illustrated also listed him as one of the “Future Game Changers.”
His following sophomore year at Jordan high school was just as impressive as the first. After throwing for 2,860 yards, scrambling for 1,689 yards and finishing with a total of 54 touchdowns, Kafentzis was awarded the MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year. On top of that, he was named the 2012 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year.
Austin Kafentzis could questionably be one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the state of Utah, if not the entire country. He has posted a 4.42 second 40-yard dash time, a 350 pound bench press and a 505 pound squat.
This 6-foot-1, 194-pound athlete’s ceiling is high enough to reach the sky. Kafentzis’ commitment hasn’t been signed on the dotted line yet, but the foreseeable future for the Wisconsin Badgers is looking pretty good.