Norfolk Catholic senior Dylan Kautz has narrowed his college options.
“I want to be decided in a couple of weeks,” he said. “I’m visiting Wayne State on Sunday and am working on finding dates to visit South Dakota and Nebraska in the next few weeks then hopefully decide after that.”
The 5-foot-9, 178-pound running back rushed for 7,580 yards in four seasons as a four-time 1,000-yard rusher. He rushed for 2,737 yards and scored 47 touchdowns — 45 on the ground — in 13 games. However, football may not be the sport he chooses in college.
“Wayne State is really the only football scholarship option for me right now,” Kautz said of the Division II school. “South Dakota and Nebraska are potential options to run track depending on my times this season.”
Kautz is a three-time state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, with a personal best 10.67 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 21.63 seconds in the 200. He has a standing walk-on offer to play football at Nebraska. A consideration is running track and walking on to the football team at Nebraska.
“Nebraska is still an option but it would have to work out financially,” he said. “The time commitment to run track and walk-on to play football would be a lot.”
Kautz has run an 4.44-second 40-yard dash multiple times. At Nebraska’s June 22 Friday Night Lights camp, Kautz ran that time twice.
Wayne State wants him to play running back, Division II schools Sioux Falls and Augustana offered full scholarships to do the same. Wayne State is closer to home and Kautz has a connection with quite a few people on the team.
“A lot of the bigger Division I schools want me to walk on for football and I really don’t want to put myself and my family in that financial situation,” he said.
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