Next Cats: Caldwell Co.'s Sindelar to make college choice soon

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 28, 2013 

Elijah Sindelar

Caldwell County junior quarterback Elijah Sindelar, who has a scholarship offer from Kentucky, plans to make his college choice in the next few months.

"Hopefully, I'll make my decision by the end of January or the end of February," he said. "That's the time frame I'm looking at.

"I don't want to drag it out. All of the attention can be overwhelming, and I don't want to falter in my faith. I want to keep my focus on God and eliminate the temptation to get big-headed. That's my goal."

Sindelar said he also has offers from Mississippi, Toledo and Western Kentucky.

Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee are showing interest. All of them visited Caldwell County to see him this season.

Sindelar led the Tigers to a 12-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 2A before they were upset by Murray 27-14 in the region finals. "We had a really great year," he said. "Going 12-0 was pretty incredible, especially beating Mayfield 48-41 (in the regular-season finale).

"We wanted to win a state championship. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but we'll still have a lot of great memories from this season."

Sindelar, who started as a freshman, then led the Tigers to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, has ramped up his production each year. This season the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder completed 196 of 303 passes (65 percent) for 3,374 yards, 44 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has 9,028 passing yards and 95 TDs in his career.

Sindelar said he improved his accuracy and decision-making this year, and hopes to be even better next season.

"My freshman year, I had 16 picks, got it down to eight last year, and I only had five going into the Murray game this year. But the wind was crazy, and I ended up throwing three picks. It was difficult to adjust to, but as a quarterback I've gotta be able to do that.

"My advance goal for next year is to have zero picks, or at least keep it below two."

Sindelar will go into his senior season needing 39 TD passes to break the state career record of 133 shared by Tim Couch of Leslie County (1992-95) and Ricky Bowling (2005-08).

Sindelar will start basketball practice on Monday. He averaged 20 points and seven rebounds as a freshman, but didn't play last season to concentrate on football.

He said he didn't give up hoops entirely. He played pickup games at school and "in the summer I'd play every weekend or every other weekend. I've played my share of basketball. I'll be a little rusty, but it'll come back to me."

Sindelar is also a standout baseball player.

Surrounded by all the football recruiting hubbub, Sindelar finds refuge in games he plays, and in relationship with family and friends. "Having a grounded family and a lot of people behind me helps a lot," he said. "It's hard to do on your own."

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