BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land star transfer QB

KEVIN LOPINA, formerly of Kansas State and one of the nation's top prep quarterback recruits in 2005, is transferring to Washington State. The California native opted to leave the Wildcats in the wake of Bill Snyder's retirement. Given that WSU recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson spent the past 12 years in Manhattan, it's not difficult to understand how WSU got in on the ground floor with Lopina.

"I can confirm that he did commit," Sean Kelly, publisher of, told CF.C today. "His mother Jeannette wrote me that he had gone ahead and committed to Washington State."

Lopina will have three seasons of eligibility for the Cougs. He joins a stable of talented quarterbacks: junior Alex Brink, sophomore Gary Rogers, freshmen Arkelon Hall, Cole Morgan, JC walk-on transfer Garrett Congdon, who announced last week that he was coming to Pullman.

Lopina was expected to compete for the starting job at K-State this fall but in April announced he would transfer. When his plans were made public. a whirlwind of suitors followed, including Wisconsin, Utah, Cal, Arizona State, San Diego State and others.

Coming out of storied De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., in 2005, Lopina was rated one of the top 25 prep QB prospects in the nation, and signed with K-State over offers from much of the Pac-10, Nebraska, Northwestern and others.

ONE OF THE more recent trends in college football has been the move towards agile quarterbacks who can run -- it limits what the opponent can do defensively. It is rare, however, to find one who has that ability, plus a strong arm AND checks in at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and runs a 4.6.

Lopina's skills set fits to a tee what WSU and quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach look for in a field general -- a mentally tough, cerebral signal caller with both the arm and agility to be successful offensively in any number of ways.

"Kevin is a young guy that I think has just got all the potential in so many different areas that quarterbacks truly need," says former coach Bill Snyder. "I really like his command of the game. He's really a multi- faceted quarterback, which is the ideal thing." in 2005 ranked Lopina as the No. 23 quarterback in the country coming out of high school. His senior season at De La Salle, Lopina threw for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also piled up 750 yards on the ground, with 10 rushing TDs.

His senior year at De La Salle, Lopina was first team All-CIF, first team all-league and named the No. 2 player in the Bay Area, regardless of position, by the Contra Costa Times and All-Metro by the San Francisco Examiner.

In an injury shortened junior year at De La Salle, Lopina rushed for 233 yards on 35 carries and seven touchdowns while completing 47 of 85 (55%) passes for 661 yards and four scores.

Kevin Lopina profile

Washington State is likely not done recruiting the QB position in 2007 -- it is expected the Cougs will take a prep signal caller in this class as well. Among the top candidates are Denver's Clint Brewster out of Mullen High. The Cougars are also reported to be looking closely at Andrew Ruiz, (6-1, 180) from Imperial, Calif., and Jake Gelakoska, (6-4, 215) of Jackson High north of Seattle. Connor Kavanaugh a 6-1, 181-pounder from Lincoln High in Portland plans to camp at WSU later this month. Other area products who could get into the mix are Cory Bean (6-5, 220) from Hillsboro, Oregon; Jermain Delgardo (6-5, 215) from Seattle's Rainier Beach High; and J.T. Levenseller (6-1, 175), leader of the defending Class 2A state champion Pullman Greyhounds and son of WSU recruiting coordinator Mike Levenseller.

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