Wisconsin Football Receives Commitment from Star Quarterback Austin Kafentzis

Peter RaischContributor IIIJune 20, 2013

Sep 15, 2012; Madison, WI, USA;  Utah State Aggies head coach Gary Andersen looks on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.  Wisconsin defeated Utah State 16-14.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Camp season is usually commit season. High school stars have begun making their rounds at one-day, two-day and three-day college camps around the country, and coaches are trying to squeeze a verbal agreement out of elite players before they leave their stadiums. 

Wisconsin seized on such an opportunity when it secured such a commitment, according to Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News, from Utah native Austin Kafentzis, a 2012 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American.

Kafentzis, a 2015 prospect, may not be rated yet on Rivals, but his move did not pass unnoticed by local and national media. The reason for the fanfare was pretty simple. He is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in Utah, a state with three schools with QB pedigrees. Yet, Gary Andersen is making a statement about blending his past with his present. 

Many people suspected the former Utah State head coach would come to Wisconsin armed with a Rolodex of players from the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Andersen is making good on that suspicion and is making an effort to use his connections to open new territory for the Badgers.

Good coaches chase good recruits wherever they play, but this new philosophy may start to make schools like BYU and Utah a little nervous. 

The other recruit Andersen stole from the Beehive State is 2014 athlete Ula Tolutau. Tolutau hails from Salt Lake City and counted all three major state universities among his suitors.

The Badger coaching staff is hoping Tolutau won't be the other West Coast recruit on the roster, either. Five-star wide receiver John Smith out of Long Beach, California is currently being pursued hard by Wisconsin. Smith has listed the Badgers in his top 10 alongside schools like Alabama, Notre Dame and UCLA.

Other area targets for 2014 recruiting targets include athlete Joe Mixon, defensive end Nifae Lealao and wide receiver Jalen Brown

Andersen is not going completely off the Wisconsin blueprint. As it sits, six out of the seven current recruits are in-state prospects. Four-star players Craig Evans and Jaden Gault headline that group.

But it is not all business as usual. The new regime in Madison seems less inclined to recruit football hotbeds of Florida and Texas.