St. Ignatius trio prep for season, not college

For defensive end Kevin Kavalec, defensive tackle David Katusha and safety Tim McVey, it was more about the X’s and O’s and less about the ABC’s.

All standouts on the 2012 St. Ignatius football team in Cleveland, Ohio, the three wanted to make sure the big stuff was over with so they could concentrate on the little things.

Like defending a Division I state title.

Kavalec (Boston College), Katusha (Air Force) and McVey (Buffalo) all committed early because they wanted to talk Wildcats football and not college football for the next 10 to 15 weeks.

“That’s a really nice thing because I can just focus on the senior year and playing football,” Kavalec said. “I don’t have to worry about playing under pressure or trying to get those offers. I picked BC. I love them and I’m glad to have it over with.”

Those feelings were echoed by Katusha as he readies for his senior campaign on a defense that is already standing out – it held Canton McKinley to only 60 total yards of offense in a three-quarter scrimmage over the weekend.

“It’s great not having to worry about college, especially during the football season,” Katusha said. “Being under the pressure of colleges and talking to coaches wasn’t fun at all.”

With the recruiting process over, St. Ignatius will count on the trio as it looks to pick up its 12th state title.

To do so, the Wildcats will face a juggernaut of a schedule, but they’ll do it with clear minds.

“This is phenomenal,” McVey said. “You don’t have to worry about the ACT or the SAT. It’s all done with and you’re ready to go.”