Northwest for Lopina

The off-season continues to be an exciting time for Beaver football fans. This weekend the Beavers received there third verbal, the second from a quarterback. Concord De La Selle's Kevin Lopina followed up on Sean Canfield's verbal and said Oregon State is where he would like to play his college ball.

Lopina hails from one of the top high school programs in the country – De La Selle. Last year, the Spartans went 13-0 and won the North Coast Section State Championship. They finished number one in all of the high school web polls and won the National Championship.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound player is very mobile and runs a 4.6 forty. He beat out fellow teammate Anthony Gutierrez for the starting quarterback position last year and held that position until he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

In six and a half contests he rushed for 233 yards on 35 carries and seven touchdowns while completing 47 of 85 (55%) passes for 661 yards for four touchdowns and three interceptions.

After his injury, many coaches were skeptical of his mobility. Lopina responded with a superb showing at the Stanford Nike camp several weeks ago.

"There were a lot of people wondering how I was doing after the injury," Lopina told the Contra Costa Times. "I think I showed them I can perform like last year."

Lopina originally was leaning towards ASU as his brother attends the Tempe university. He also favored Notre Dame, but the Irish did not show interest in him.

He attended camps at Illinois, Northwestern and Oregon State. He also made an visit to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit the Cornhuskers. Arizona State and Nebraska where the first schools to offer him a scholarship. OSU offered him during the camp in Corvallis.

The California native said he wanted to decide on a school during the summer so he could focus on his senior year.

He feels he thrives in pressure situations – something he has become accustomed to while playing for one of the top high schools in the nation.

"I have a great ability to scramble and am at my best in fourth down, tough situations," he said.

Lopina carries a 2.8 GPA and scored a 930 on the SAT. He wears #17 for the Spartans.

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