Commitment Impact: Austin Kafentzis

The first commitment of the 2015 recruiting class, Sandy (Utah) Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis brings dual-threat capability that will be able to enhance the Wisconsin offense in the future. Badger Nation looks at Kafentzis' impact.

Committed Over: Austin Kafentzis picked Wisconsin on June 19 over other offers from BYU, Hawaii, Utah and Utah State. He added that Boise State, Colorado, Florida, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA were all recruiting him.

Rated: The 2015 class is not currently ranked by Fox Sports Next, but National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman said Kafentzis will be a top 10 quarterback in the West region.

On Film: For a program wanting to transition the quarterback position from a game manager to a game changer, Kafentzis is the right fit. Leading his team to a state championship as a sophomore, Kafentzis threw for 3,018 yards, rushed for 1,884 yards and scored 58 total touchdowns.

He shows good accuracy on a variety of throws, looks sound in his reads and has good vision on the football field. His best attribute could be his arm strength. A two-time state champion in the javelin, he won the Utah 5A individual championship this past spring with a throw of 179.0.

"I'll do whatever the coach tells me to do," said Kafentzis. "If he wants me to pass the ball I'll pass the ball. If he wants me to run it we'll run. If he calls a pass play and it breaks down, I'll escape out of it and by some time with my feet. Whatever kind of offense he wants to run, I'll work my butt off and work hard to earn that spot."

Recruiting Impact: There's no question this was a big score for Wisconsin. The Badgers thought they would be in the mix for five-star senior quarterback Kyle Allen, only to get punched in the gut when Wisconsin didn't make his top five. So to get Kafentzis for 2015 is a big shot in the arm.

It also creates some flexibility for Wisconsin. The Badgers currently have two offers out to uncommitted 2014 quarterbacks – Nicodem Pierre and D.J. Gillins. With two redshirt sophomores in Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy and a four-star redshirt freshman in Bart Houston all with plenty of years of eligibility left, Wisconsin won't feel pressured to take a quarterback in the 2014 class. As we've seen over the last week, UW has depth issues at other positions that need to be addressed, especially the offensive line and secondary.

Kafentzis is also the second commitment Andersen and his staff have secured from Utah (Ula Tolutau), so the Badgers keeping a pipeline into that state full of solid players is also important.

Quotable: "Playing on the field, talking to Coach Ludwig and Coach Andersen and getting coached up by them was the definite cherry on top. Getting the whole other perspective of not just being a fan, but being on the field and being in that atmosphere where they are listening to music and it's laid back but still coaching you and teaching you things was amazing."

Final Thought: After a couple weeks of bad news with transfers causing a shortage of depth in the secondary and missing out on other prospects, Wisconsin gets arguably its top target for the 2015 recruiting class – a multi-dimensional, team-oriented, well-spoken athlete - a little more than 18 months prior to singing day. Talk about a home run.

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