Despite being 6-4 205 pounds and running in the 4.6s, Pine Creek senior quarterback Kris Kentera of Colorado Springs still awaits a first college offer. His impressive measurables are augmented by a 3.74 GPA and a very high winning percentage as a starter under center.
What may have colleges holding back on offers is Kentera's lack of passing attempts during his high school career. During the last two seasons, Kentera, who leads a tough run first offense, has just over 100 passing attempts. In those passing attempts, Kentera is under 50% in his completion percentage. Despite these numbers, when given the chance to throw a significant number of passes Kentera has been successful. Last week, in a win against Palmer High School, Kentera was 8 of 15 for 160 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Kentera's versatility may be both a gift and curse in the recruiting game. Along with playing QB, Kentera has played receiver and defensive back, placing colleges in the position of seeing where he fits in their system. According to Kentera schools are recruiting him as an athlete and have spoken to him about playing receiver of safety. Kentera says smaller schools are interested in him playing quarterback.
Kentera states the schools showing the most interest are DIs Arizona State and Utah. Kentera also says in state DII Colorado School of Mines is very interested. Kentera's 3.74 GPA has also drawn Ivy League attention as he consistently gets letters and e-mails from Ivy League programs.
Regarding the college game Kentera knows he will, "definitely need to improve on passing by opening it up and getting better as the season goes along." Kentera also feels at the next level he, "brings athleticism every down with the ability to make a play."
Whatever the position, Kentera has strong versatility and a knowledge of winning that will benefit the right college program.