A Perfect Weekend for Kafentzis

Spending the weekend touring the campus and the football program at the University of Wisconsin, Sandy (UT) Jordan 2015 quarterback Austin Kafentzis had no hesitation about making the Badgers the top school on his list.

MADISON - Austin Kafentzis was never happier to get a weekend track meet canceled.

The only quarterback Wisconsin has offered in the 2015 recruiting, the Sandy, Utah, native was able to spend the weekend with his dad on campus to get an experience that could only be described as "impactful."

"When we first got in, all the coaches were waiting," Kafentzis told Badger Nation. "It was like they cared (and) they showed they wanted me to be on their team. I don't think a coach left our side once. We had chauffeurs and everything. They went in-depth on everything from the facilities, their indoor football field, they locker room, they game room and their weight room.

"Everyone is just laid back, friendly and I felt very welcomed by everyone."

Before taking the grand tour, Kafentzis, along with most of the recruits in attendance, was shown a video of what a game-day atmosphere is like during the fall at a Wisconsin home game.

"A coach of mine went to a Wisconsin game last year and said it was nuts, everyone was just loving it and there's not another team like Wisconsin in college," said Kafentzis. "Getting over 12,000 fans at spring game is insane. I've heard the student section is just loud, gets into the game and just have a good time."

Before leaving Sunday, Kafentzis and his dad met with head coach Gary Andersen, who started recruiting Kafentzis when he was the head coach at Utah State and reiterated how Kafentzis could be a key offensive piece for Wisconsin's future.

"He was talking about how much he liked me," said Kafentzis. "I asked him what I needed to change and he told me to keep doing what I'm doing, I'm doing a good job at it and thinks I can fit the program really well."

That fit for Wisconsin's offense, according to Kafentzis, is a quarterback who can pass and also be effective as designed run plays to keep opposing defenses honest. As a sophomore Kafentzis threw for 3,018 yards, rushed for 1,884 yards and scored 58 total touchdowns last season, estimating he only scrambled for approximately 21 yards last season.

"You can call me a dual-threat quarterback, but when I am supposed to pass it I pass it," Kafentzis said "If the pocket collapses, I like to use my feet to get around to the outside and find the open guy. The coach knows that when to pass the ball and when we need to run the ball in certain situations. I just listen to them and just play football."

As much as Kafentzis enjoyed seeing the football facilities, he enjoyed getting a chance to drive around the city and walk around the town even more.

"It reminds me a lot of Utah to be honest," said Kafentzis. "The two lakes on either side of the campus were beautiful, walking down State Street was great, all the museums … it's an old place but it feels like a new place. It makes me feel like home. I don't want everything to be modern. I like how they have an old-fashioned style to it. It's a little twist that not many other colleges have."

Holding offers from BYU, Utah and Utah State, Kafentzis plans to throw for multiple college coaches, including Wisconsin, in the month of May.

Kafentzis is planning on making a decision after the end of his junior season. Not surprisingly, Kafentzis plans to attend his lone college game Nov.30 in Madison when Wisconsin hosts Penn State in the regular season finale.

"We want to get the full affect of the fans and see everything on game day," said Kafentzis.

After everything he got to experience this weekend, that in-season visit could be the icing on the cake.

"It made me come to love Wisconsin," he said of his weekend at Wisconsin. "They are definitely on the top of the radar right now."

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