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Wisconsin football recruiting: Utah quarterback Austin Kafentzis commits to 2015 class

Kafentzis is the Badgers' first recruit for the 2015 class, foregoing offers from BYU, Hawaii and Utah to come to Madison.

Tom Smart-Deseret News

Wisconsin picked up its first commitment for the 2015 recruiting class when Sandy (Jordan), Utah, quarterback Austin Kafentzis gave his verbal to head coach Gary Andersen on Tuesday.

Kafentzis is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound pro-style quarterback who was named to the 2012 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American team earlier this year. This past season for Jordan High School, Kafentzis completed nearly 64 percent of his passes (200 of 313) for 3,018 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was also prolific on the ground, rushing for 1,884 yards and 26 touchdowns on 237 attempts (7.9 yards per). Jordan won the Class 5A state title as Kafentzis tossed three touchdowns and ran for another trio of scores.

In addition to Wisconsin, Kafentzis also received offers from BYU, Hawaii and Utah. Andersen's connections to the area were obviously crucial, as he spent the last four seasons as the Utah State head coach. Defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a -- who spent the last two years at Utah -- and first-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who worked alongside Andersen at Utah from 2005-08.

Kafentzis is Andersen's second Utah commit since coming to Madison. Salt Lake City running back Ula Tolutau became the sixth member of UW's 2014 class last month. Wisconsin has also offered four-star Salt Lake City (Brighton) running back/outside linebacker Osa Masina, the top-ranked prospect from Utah, for 2015.