Although Columbus East senior offensive guard Evan Kuhn has decided his path for the future, he is not looking past some very important steps in the present.
Kuhn, one of the key cogs in East’s run to an 11-0 record and No. 1 ranking among the state’s Class 4A football teams, verbally has committed to St. Francis University in Fort Wayne.
While earning a football scholarship is a major accomplishment, Kuhn doesn’t have time to celebrate.
East hosts Shelbyville at 7 p.m. Friday for the sectional title.
“I am beyond stoked,” Kuhn said. “I have some unfinished business.”
East finished 13-1 last season, losing to Cathedral in the semistate round. The Olympians hope to go all the way this season.
“It still gets me fired up to think about it (falling short last season),” Kuhn said. “Have we reached our potential yet? I don’t think so.”
East’s tremendous offensive success the past two seasons didn’t go unnoticed by St. Francis coach Kevin Donley, who has led his team to a 6-2 record this season. Donley and Cougars offensive line coach Trevor Miller made a major pitch to secure Kuhn, who is a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder.
St. Francis will have openings at both center and tackle due to graduation, so Kuhn might have an opportunity to make an immediate impact at the NAIA level.
“They run a zone spread,” said Kuhn, who explained that St. Francis uses more of a finesse blocking strategy which would give him more of an opportunity to play any position along the line without gaining huge amounts of weight. “They are looking for quickness.”
Kuhn was looking for the perfect place to attend college. He was getting attention from Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Marian and the University of Indianapolis.
“First of all, I liked their academics,” Kuhn said of St. Francis. “And especially their health and science program. I would like to go into exercise science or physical therapy or something like that.”
The St. Francis football team currently has just one Columbus resident, All-American senior punter Kollin Carman (Columbus North graduate), on its roster.