Caragein High On IU's Wish List

Indiana has targeted one of the top defensive linemen in Pennsylvania, Myles Caragein, for its 2007 recruiting class.

Indiana head coach Terry Hoeppner is looking to bolster his defensive line by going after one of the top defensive prospects in Western Pennsylvania in 6-3, 265-pound defensive end Myles Caragein.

Caragein hales from Keystone Oaks in Pittsburgh and had a breakout junior season after recording 68 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. He is quickly garnering national attention with his size and ability.

"I have eight offers out there," said Caragein. "North Carolina State, Indiana, Pitt, Syracuse, Northwestern, Temple, Miami of Ohio and Akron all gave me offers. Iowa, Penn State and Michigan have talked to me too."

Out of all of those schools, Caragein is yet to single out a favorite or even begin to make a list. Even though he has received attention from the Big Ten, he admits he has no favorite conference at this point.

"I'm not that familiar with any colleges yet. I don't watch games on TV that much. I'm either out doing something or wrestling," Caragein said.

"I've followed the Big Ten, but it's hard to say what my favorite conference is at this time."

Caragein also spent time at the tight end position where he caught 28 passes for 338 yards and showed some skill blocking by picking up 54 pancake blocks, but he says no coaches have talked to him about playing on the offensive side of the ball.

"Most colleges have said I'll be a three- or five-technique (defensive lineman)," he said. "That's fine with me, I think that will be a good position for me."

The defensive lineman is yet to make the rounds in the recruiting process, only attending Pitt's pro-day thus far – and he seems to be in no rush to showcase his talents for any school.

"I still haven't made any trips," he said. "I'll probably take those this summer. Start visiting combines in May and see what I get out of that. See who wants me to visit this summer."

He also feels location is not going to be a factor in his decision.

"I'm looking anywhere," said Caragein. "It doesn't really bother me where I go. I'm looking for a winning program, but it's hard to say that right now. There are going to be so many factors for me when I do make my decision."

Caragein has just finished his junior season of wrestling and it taking a little time to get himself back into the football state of mind. He recently finished fourth in the heavyweight division at the state wrestling championship in Pennsylvania and he finished with a 32-1 record. Even with that success he does not seem himself grappling on the college level.

"I doubt I'll be able to wrestle in college, that would probably be too much for me," said Caragein. "I'm most worried about an education and two sports might affect that. I'm looking for something in chemistry or math."

Keystone Oak finished the season with sub-.500 record, but Caragein is happy with his progress on the gridiron.

"Our season went alright," he said. "We finished at 4-5, but it was a lot better than we've done the past couple of years. But overall the season went pretty good for me. I had a pretty good year." Top Stories