by Nicholas Williams
At the end of the day, senior Colin Caram might be seen on the football field, but before then he is more than focused on school. There may not be a more well rounded student-athlete than Caram. Excelling both in and out of the classroom Caram, has shown incredible determination and work ethic.
“I’ve really tried to hit all angles of the spectrum when it comes to the ideal high school individual,” he said.
It has shown, as he is a three year lettermen in football, and by the time the year ends the same will hold true for track and field. Caram will also be a four year letterman in wrestling, all of this while maintaining high grades in the classroom.
On the football field, Caram is a force to be reckoned with. He has started a career 13 games on varsity since his sophomore year, including every game this season.
“Caram is really fast,” junior running back Chris Zook said. “And there are multiple ways to utilize his speed on both sides of the ball.”
Showing off this speed and versatility senior year, Caram has started on both sides of the ball, playing wide receiver and cornerback. However, he mainly now plays at cornerback. He has been a great in coverage, recording an interception and multiple deflections thus far this season.
“Football is the sport I most enjoy,” Caram said. “Nothing beats the camaraderie and excitement that football has. I actually started wrestling and track and field as a way of staying in shape for football.”
While football has been his main focus, Caram has been more than impressive on the wrestling mat. He has been a member for the varsity team since freshman year, when he wrestled in the 119-weight class.
He has since bulked up, finishing third in the TAPPS State Championship in the 132-weight class last year. He is looking to build of the success he had in a new weight class this year. He will be moving up to either 138 or 145 in order to make room for other guys who have also moved up in weight class.
Caram decided to participate in track and field during the spring of sophomore year.
“Caram will definitely be a leader of this program, much like the John Mouton and Miles Lerch last year,” track and field coach Nathan Labus said.
A utility player, Caram participates in the 4x100m, 4x200m and the 100m. He specializes, however, in the long jump.
He is able to do all of this in large part due to his work ethic.
“He’s one of our hardest workers,” Labus said. “I wish everybody worked as hard as him,”
The hard work paid off last year as he received multiple accolades. He was 1st team all district, second team all state and second team all-region.
Despite being busy with sports every season, he enjoys all that he does and would not change it for anything.
“I do as many sports as I can now because I know that one day I won’t be able to do anything,” Caram said. “I know that I only get so long to compete against others in sports and I want to make sure that I do as much as I can while I am able to.”
In the midst of this, he has never forgotten that school work comes first, and sports come second. He has been a member of the St. Thomas Club two times out of his six semesters here, and has been on the honor roll the other four semesters.
“I try to get as much work done at school as possible,” said Caram. “The toughest part of my schedule is finding time at home to do my assignments. Sometimes I have to wake up early in the morning because I will fall asleep in the middle of homework the night before.”
While some may see this as a burden or excessive, Caram enjoys what he does and wouldn’t change a thing about it.
“I enjoy staying busying and using my time productively,” Caram said. “I like that I don’t ever have to stop.”