Klepatz considering options

New Berlin Eisenhower quarterback Mike Klepatz is deciding where to go and what sport(s) to play

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Mike Klepatz, quarterback from New Berlin Eisenhower (New Berlin, Wis.), has many things on his mind as is still uncertain what uniform he sees himself in next fall. The 6-6, 225-pound prospect is taking his time and making sure he weighs every option before he makes his final decision.


Since the end of Sept., Klepatz has only taken three unofficial visits, two to Wisconsin and the other to Northern Iowa. Both impressed him and seemed like they could be a good fit.


"Wisconsin's facilities are amazing," Klepatz said. "Their coaching staff seems very personable, you could sit down and carry on a conversation with them, and they seemed like a close knit family. The dome was very cool at Northern Iowa. I really liked the quarterback coach. You could tell that they work hard and play hard."


With the high school season just recently wrapping up, Klepatz has not had too much opportunity to visit schools. He led his team to a 7-0 Woodland conference record (8-3 overall), a conference title and to the second-round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Lions, it was a repeat of the previous season as they were demolished again, 59-28 this time around, by Wisconsin Lutheran, who ended up making it to the WIAA Division 3 title game. During the season Klepatz completed 53 percent of his passes, threw for 1,097 yards and eight touchdowns.


"It was a good way to end," Klepatz said. "I was pleased with the season, we had lots of fun because we were winning games and playing well."


Because he was busy on the field a few schools came to see what he could do. He commented that Northwestern and Northern Illinois sent coaches to watch him.


Though there is high interest in Klepatz, Augustana, a Division II school in South Dakota, is recruiting him for football and basketball and is the lone school to offer him a scholarship.


"Madison is heavy in recruiting but has not made an offer yet," Klepatz said. "There's been interest from Northern Iowa for football, Wright State for basketball and St. Cloud for both basketball and football."


While football is where he is getting the most attention, basketball still holds a place in his heart. One of the biggest factors in his decision is figuring out whether or not he wants to play basketball as well as football next year. From the schools that are interested, this could be a viable option for Klepatz.


"I'm not ready to stop playing basketball yet," Klepatz said. "Within the last two to three weeks I've really had a change in heart. I would have committed to football but now with the basketball season approaching, I don't think it would be wise to give up basketball quite yet."


Klepatz might have some more insight into his decision once the basketball season is in full swing. Until then, though, he is taking his time and making sure he looks over every last detail before he signs on the dotted line.


"I think I want to wait until after basketball season to make my decision," Klepatz said. "I want to see what opens up and see what schools want me to play. There are so many questions up in the air and I don't want to leave questions unanswered."

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