UND football lands top quarterback priority for 2023 in Wisconsin prep

Kaminski comes to UND from Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School, a program that has been led by his dad and grandpa before that. It's the same school that produced current Fighting Hawks Caden White and Kadon Kauppinen.

Jerry Kaminski.
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GRAND FORKS — Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School quarterback Jerry Kaminski doesn't really want the label of pocket-passer or dual-threat.

"I'd say I'm a playmaker," Kaminski said. "If our team needs a play, I want the ball in my hands. When a play breaks down, I can make something happen."

The UND football program saw enough of those plays to make Kaminski their top quarterback priority of the 2023 recruiting class.

Those efforts paid off last weekend as Kaminski has given his verbal commitment to play for UND.

"I'm pumped up," Kaminski said. "I'm ready to go. I'm fired up."


Kaminski started to hear from UND after his sophomore year. UND offensive coordinator Danny Freund, a Wisconsin native himself, was in contact with Kaminski's head coach, which also happens to be Jerry's father Brian.

"I went to camp and visited last summer," Kaminski said. "That's when I became super interested in them and they learned a lot more about me, as well. Since then, we've had constant talk. That's been super important to me. I felt like a priority."

Kaminski's Sun Prairie team competed in the highest classification of Wisconsin football last season.

For Kaminski's senior season, though, Sun Prairie will be breaking up into Sun Prairie East and West. Jerry's East team will play in Division II — the second-highest classification.

Sun Prairie High School is the high school home of current UND defensive players Caden White and Kadon Kauppinen. White projects as a starter at inside linebacker for UND in 2022, while Kauppinen will push for playing time at safety.

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The Fighting Hawks typically travel eight wide receivers to away games and making that cutoff will be a challenge in 2022.

As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Kaminski led Sun Prairie to a conference title and a 13-1 record. Sun Prairie lost 38-17 to Franklin in the WIAA Division I title game.

Kaminski was one of two quarterbacks (the other was Wisconsin Badgers recruit Myles Burkett) named to first team of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Large Schools All-State team.

As a junior, Kaminski was 182-of-304 passing (59.9 percent) for 2,559 yards. He threw for 30 touchdowns to six interceptions.


Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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