OhioBobcats.com Feature Writer
Michael Farkas played high school football in Mishawaka, Indiana, a 112 mile drive to Ross-Ade Stadium, the home of Purdue Boilermakers football.
The punter was a four-time member of the First Team All-State roster in punting and kicking, he nearly broke every kicking record at Marian High School, yet he never received any interest from the Boilermakers football team.
Farkas is fine he was never recruited to be a Boilermaker, no hard feelings. But he plans on showing why they should've when Ohio and Purdue clash on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
"I did not, they never talked to me," Farkas said. "I talked to almost every other school in America except Purdue. I wasn't upset about being from Indiana and not getting any interest, but I was upset because my best friend was going there."
His best friend, Purdue center Kirk Barron, was heavily recruited by Purdue while Farkas was courted by almost every other team in the nation.
So, while Farkas will try to help pull off the upset over a BIG 10 foe Friday— head coach Frank Solich has previously beaten two BIG 10 teams with Ohio— it will be a homecoming of sorts for him, too. He's expecting a lot of his friends and family to be in the stands.
"It's going to be nice to get back and see some people," Farkas said. "Purdue is the feeder school for my high school. Everybody goes to Purdue, see some people I haven't seen from high school."
Barron and Farkas have kept in touch throughout the years, even with Farkas transferring from Cincinnati to Ohio. Barron was originally an Ohio commit, but ended up with Purdue.
Whenever they're at home over break, they'll workout together and hangout; they talk almost every day over text. The two have been talking a lot this past week, joking around with each other while both of their mothers are hoping to grab a picture of them together after the game.
"Me and Michael are really the first two guys to go anywhere from our high school," Barron said. "We ended up getting scholarships. There are guys on Purdue from Florida who know a lot of guys, so it'll be special knowing someone across the sidelines.
"He's got a hell of a leg and he's a great guy."
Farkas can't wait to see his high school friends and play in front of his family. He looks at it as an opportunity, a national stage to help Ohio continue to rise up the ranks of college football.
Most important to him, it's an opportunity to show Purdue that he was too good for them.
"Of course I have a chip on my shoulder," he said. "I'm aiming for All-American status. I'm trying to have less than 100 punt return yards. I just want to do what I know I can do. If I do my job it's a positive for my teammates."