Senior quarterback Mike Klepatz from New Berlin Eisenhower (New Berlin, Wis.) is a prospect among many Division I and II schools throughout the country. Klepatz's powerful arm has attracted the eyes of schools like Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Augustana College in S.D.
Last season, Klepatz led his team to a 9-3 record, completed 72 passes out of 164 attempts, and had 16 touchdown passes. His efforts helped him receive second-team all-conference honors as both a quarterback and defensive end.
The Eisenhower Lions got off to a slow start this season, losing their first two games, but bounced back with a victory over Milwaukee Thomas Moore in the third week, and another one against New Berlin West in the fourth week. The first win of the season gave Klepatz confidence that his team is on the rise.
"We're playing more like a team and we're starting to get back on the right track," Klepatz said.
As far as Klepatz's future after the Lions, he has many options to choose from. He has made unofficial visits to Iowa, North Dakota, Northern Illinois, Nebraska, and most recently, Wisconsin. All the schools have shown interest, but each school has a different outlook on him.
"Wisconsin and Northwestern would like me to play tight end while Nebraska and Western Michigan see me as a quarterback," Klepatz said, "Northern Illinois sees me as an athlete and want to see where I fit."
During Klepatz's visit to Wisconsin on Sept. 13, he was able to get a tour of the facilities. He got the chance to see things like the weight room, training room, and locker room.
"I really liked my visit to Wisconsin," Klepatz said, "The facilities are great, and the coaching staff is really hard working and knowledgeable. They really know the game of football."
Besides his talent in football, Klepatz also has been impressive on the basketball court. He is also being recruited by Division II Augustana for both football and basketball. The 6-6, 225-pound center made a name for himself this past summer at various AAU tournaments around the country, and the Augustana coaches were impressed. Augustana, the only school to make Klepatz a scholarship offer so far, would like him to play football and basketball.
The many factors Klepatz is considering as he makes his decision include the coaching staff, players and atmosphere of the school. Also, he is far from certain of which sport he sees himself playing for another four years and he is not in any hurry to make that decision or sign early.
"With the whole basketball situation and so many different schools I would like to sign early, but I need to keep all of my options open," Klepatz said, "I have lots of opportunities and I don't want to close the door too soon."
Though Klepatz is not definite on a school yet, it is safe to say that his dominant arm will be making an impact somewhere; whether it is connecting for a touchdown or sinking a jump shot.