Acing his Wisconsin Exam

Sandy (Utah) Jordan sophomore Austin Kafentzis admits that he doesn't know a lot about Wisconsin. However, the 6-1 quarterback knows a lot about Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, which was the big reason Kafentzis was so elated when the Badgers came through with a scholarship offer Wednesday.

MADISON - With his school in the middle of final exams, the text message sophomore Austin Kafentzis got from his father Wednesday morning might have cost him an A. It didn't matter.

Already holding offers from BYU and Utah, Kafentzis got his third offer Wednesday morning after Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen finished talking to Kafentzis' father.

"It's amazing to think this is happening so soon and to get recognized by such a great school," Kafentzis told Badger Nation. "I was freaking out in class. I couldn't even focus because I was thinking about that and thinking about Wisconsin. I had the biggest smile."

The offer for Kafentzis – a 6-1, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback from Sandy (Utah) Jordan High – doesn't excite him because of Wisconsin's rich tradition, lavish facilities or style of football (three things he admits he knows little about). What excited Kafentzis about the offer is that it came from Andersen, who has been a family friend over the past decade.

Kafentzis' dad coached Andersen's son, current Utah State junior Keegan Andersen, and Kafentzis' cousin was good friends with twins Chasen and Hagen Andersen.

"He was very welcoming," Kafentzis said of Coach Andersen. "He didn't come off as a mean person … He's a great coach that turned around Utah State in four years. He's a tremendous coach and brought tremendous coaches with him. He is just a really technical, good coach and a good guy in general. I am really happy that Coach Andersen reached out to me and has faith in me."

That faith comes from when Andersen indirectly watched Kafentzis – who threw for 3,018 yards, rushed for 1,884 yards and scored 58 total touchdowns last season – after initially coming to scout an offensive lineman.

"My dad said he was just eyes wide and amazed basically," Kafentzis said. "He was really impressed, but didn't think I was going to go to Utah State. He was surprised how well I did in the game."

"I love how connected he is to his players," Kafentzis added. "When he left Utah State, he called up every one of his players and told them personally. He cares more about his players than he does himself. That's a big thing when you are looking for a team to go to and a coach to play for."

Kafentzis said he plans to go to five college high school camps this summer to build his game and increase his awareness. He definitely plans to attend Wisconsin after being offered.

Although he hasn't even finished his sophomore year of high school, Kafentzis remains grounded in the process: getting daily life speeches from his dad and maintaining his routine of weightlifting with his teammates.

"I have missed one day of (5:30 a.m.) lifting in three years and that was because of a BYU camp," said Kafentzis. "You have to bond with your team and listen to people who have been there because they know what they are doing. Being coachable is the biggest thing. If you aren't coachable and you think you know everything at a young age, you aren't going to make it very far. Coaches aren't going to want to put up with you if you don't care."


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