Indianapolis Cathedral offensive lineman Ted Karras is currently preparing for his team's second round playoff matchup against Mooresville. He and his teammates hope to repeat at Indiana's class 4A state champs.
Meanwhile, Karras, a 2011 prospect, is hearing from colleges across the midwest.
"I am hearing from most of the Big Ten, except Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State," Karras said. "I am getting some more personal contact from Ohio and Ball State."
The 6-foot-4, 285 pound lineman accepted an invitation from Cincinnati to check out their game against Louisville.
"I liked the campus, it was beautiful," Karras said. "We played there last year against Archbishop Moeller. I really liked playing in that stadium, it would be cool to play college ball there."
Karras' extensive football bloodlines will draw connections to other schools. His father [Ted] was a four-year varsity letter winner and all-conference defensive lineman at Northwestern. His great uncles Alex and Lou played at Iowa and Purdue respectively, and his grandfather played at Indiana before spending nine years in the NFL.
"I have always been a fan of Northwestern," Karras said. "I went to a camp there this summer. I really liked their offensive line coach, and I love Pat Fitzgerald. He seems to be a player's coach. He played at Northwestern. He was a two-time All-American. He went through all the same things that kids are going through now. I feel he can really relate."
Karras plays offensive tackle for his current team, but expects to be a guard in college. He has played at every position along the offensive line during his high school career.
"I think that experience will help me out. My sophomore year, I played each spot on the line. This year is just tackle, but I can play anywhere I am needed."
This weekend, following his Friday night playoff game, Karras will check out Ball State as they host the Ohio Bobcats.