Of all the dominant quarterbacks across the nation, few can boast the completeness of Austin Kafentzis of Jordan High School in Utah. And few in Utah can even compare to his level of performance.
Need proof? Brace yourself for the avalanche. According to George Felt, the de-facto expert and unofficial record keeper for high school football in Utah, Kafentzis holds 15 different individual state records. Want the laundry list? Here goes:
- Total Offense – 18,811
- Rushing Yards – 6,515
- Rushing Touchdowns – 98
- Touchdowns (scored by rushing, receiving and all returns) – 98
- Carries – 930
- 100-yard Games – 36
- Passing Yards – 12,316
- TD passes – 108
- Pass Attempts – 1,344
- Pass Completions – 775
- TDs-Responsible-For – 206 (98 rush, 108 pass)
- Points Scored – 588
- Total Offense – 694 (10/15/2014 vs. Brighton)
- Touchdown Passes – 8 (9/21/2012 vs. Copper Hills) (tied with Alex Hart – Jordan, 10/16/2009 vs. Taylorsville)
- Single-game TDs-Responsible-For – 10 (4 rush, 6 passs) (10/15/2014 vs. Brighton) (tied with Adam Boelter, West Jordan, 10/14/2009 vs. Payson and Gene Livingston, East, 10/17/1919 vs. Davis)
The stat totals on these records will also continue to swell as Kafentzis and Jordan work their way through the state playoffs, which kicked off with the play-in round on Tuesday night. And, in total, they have inspired Felt and others to call anoint Kafentzis not only as the best quarterback in state history, but the best offensive football player full stop.
“Austin Kafentzis’ most striking characteristic, which differentiates him from other great prep quarterbacks, is his versatility,” Felt told the Salt Lake Tribune for another feature on the Beetdiggers star. “Other quarterbacks who appear on the career total offense list have been stronger passers, while the state’s leading rushers have been running backs. There isn’t another quarterback who ranks in the top-25 in all-time career rushing yards. So the fact that he has set that record is an amazing accomplishment.”
Yet, as impressive as Kafentzis’ stats and performances are on the field, it’s his ability to put all the hype surrounding him in perspective that may be his most impressive achievement. The Badgers commit insists that he doesn’t care about the individual honors and only cares about winning football games.
Even more than winning football games, he cares about connecting with the community and his place in it. That was evidenced by his appearance at a Little League football game, where he went out of his way to spend time with and autograph memorabilia for a 12-year-old whose father committed suicide a year before.
You can watch Kafentzis’ time with young Wyatt Kougioulis below. Just be sure to keep a box of tissues at the ready.
Clearly, Kafentzis is the complete package. None of this means he’ll definitely be successful at Wisconsin. He might not even see the field as a freshman or sophomore. In the end, that doesn’t matter. What’s really important is that he knows what his accomplishments really mean, and who gets the most from them. Not him, his teammates and those who watch on and see him as a role model.