The Kafentzis family has a long history with the Hawaii football program and another member on the family tree is emerging as a 2017 recruit. Roman Kafentzis, son of former UH star Kurt Kafentzis, is a 2017 defensive backs recruit from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School. Roman’s uncles, Mark, Kent, Kyle and Shawn, as well as cousins Tyson and Landon Kafentzis and Mikhail Powell all played for UH.
Roman Kafentzis has offers from the Air Force Falcons, Army West Point Black Knights, Fresno State Bulldogs, Nevada Wolf Pack, and the Navy Midshipmen, as well as Brown and Columbia. His recruitment has picked up lately and the dream of being another Kafentzis to go on to college football is shaping into reality.
“It was a dream come true,” Roman Kafentzis said of his first offer. “I’ve been dreaming of playing college ball my whole life since I was little, so to know I have that chance is a dream come true.
“There’s definitely expectations for me. My dad and all my uncles played at UH back in the 80’s. It was definitely something that I wanted to do and that’s been my goal for as long as I can remember.”
While Hawaii has sent out hundreds of scholarship offers in recent months, Roman is surprisingly yet to receive an offer from UH. If the call does come from his father’s alma mater, he will definitely be considering the Rainbow Warriors.
“It would obviously be a top-five school for me just because of the family history and what they’ve told me about their football program and their school,” Kafentzis said. “I would want to go visit first and see how it fits me. The academics are a big deal for me.”
Roman also hopes to camp with UH.
Hawaii’s coaching staff has made trips to Kafentzis’s high school, though mostly for some of his teammates. UH has already offered Mater Dei linebacker Faavae Faavae and cornerback Quentin Lake. Kafentzis plans to visit UH this summer though - he has not been to the islands since he was in middle school.
“I met with the defensive coordinator recently, so hopefully there will be more in the future for recruitment from Hawaii football,” Kafentzis said. “They have offered my teammate Faavae and we’re both on the defensive side.”
“I’m going to go and visit all the schools that have offered me and are looking at me this summer. From New York to Hawaii. Fortunately my mom is a flight attendant.”
So far, Roman is hearing good things from his family and family friends about the new direction of the UH football program under Head Coach Nick Rolovich.
“I know they just got a new coaching staff,” Kafentzis said. “Actually, my dad’s friend who played safety with him knows the DB coach and some of the staff. He’s been telling me they're a great staff and they’ve made some good moves going forward. They have good plans.”
Roman Kafentzis stands at 6-foot-2 and 200 lbs, playing safety in high school. This year he will be playing some linebacker as well.
“First off, I love hitting,” Kafentzis said of his game. “I’ve been playing safety my whole life so I know how to play strong, in the box, free, or roaming around the back to get picks. Playing linebacker will open up my repertoire and knowledge of the game to learn both positions.”
When it comes to what school he eventually picks, Roman said, “Academics is always first for me. If they have what I want to do later in life. In terms of football, the defense and what they run all comes into play. Also when I visit to see how I interact with the coaches, players and campus life.”
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