Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cuipa Commits to St. A's

Bishop Guertin quarterback Steve Cuipa has committed to St. Anselm College. The Merrimack resident will stay close to home and be able to play his college football in nearby Manchester.

Here's the full story, along with an interview with Cuipa.

Cuipa led BG to back-to-back Division II titles over the last 2 years, including 2009 when he was the quarterback for one of the most dominant teams this state has seen in recent years. Cuipa was all-state each of the last 2 years, and as a senior he was a finalist for the WGAM Mr. Football Award.

Cuipa is a very good option quarterback. He has a strong arm, good speed and makes good decisions with the ball, especially out of the option. He is also a good leader, and this season he showed the grit by playing on an injured leg and still leading his team to wins.

Other NH kids on the St. A's roster include QB Scotty Saunders (Center Conway, NH), kicker Devin Kelley (Berlin, NH) kicker Evan Masison (Northwood, NH), DB Mark Colantonio (Londonderry, NH), linebacker Brian Bozek (Laconia, NH), linebacker Garrett Hubert (Newport, NH), linebacker Cameron Foster (New Ipswich, NH), defensive lineman Kevin Delisme (Manchester, NH), wide receiver Eric Feehan (Bedford, NH), defensive lineman Derek Brewer (Walpole, NH), defensive back Tyler Wing (Amherst, NH) and defensive lineman Michael Buyak (Greenland, NH).

Interview with Steve Cuipa II
Jeremy Leveille: What other schools were you considering, and what were the deciding factors in your decision?
Steve Cuipa: My final decision was between Bates and St. Anselm’s. Both are very good schools, ranked as top liberal arts colleges in the nation. In the end, very few people move on to a higher level of play after college ball. Getting a good education was the most important part of the process for me. I feel that I will get a very good education at St A’s. St Anselm’s gave me an excellent academic/athletic scholarship for all 4 years; that would have been difficult to pass up. I spent time at both schools on overnight visits and think that I will fit in best at St. Anselm’s.

JL: Thoughts on being able to play so close to home?
SC: It will be nice playing close to home, my parents and family have followed me throughout HS and it will be fun for them to be able to see me play college ball. Really, for me the location of where I played did not matter, as long as I could still play. At the college level, you still get athletes from multiple states, at Saint A’s it is mostly from the northeast, but I will still get to play with some of the very talented athletes from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, etc.

JL: What kind of offense do they run at St. A's, and what kind of transition do you think it will be from the BG offense?
SC: Saint A’s runs a Spread “Zone Read” option offense. As you know, we threw the ball at Guertin, just not as much as many schools at a college level. I believe that will be the only transition. Honestly, I do not think it will be too difficult to adapt. In the offense you still must key in on a few defensive players, based on what they do, you make your decision, the only differences are the speed of the game, and passing can be involved every single play.

Congrats to Steve, and best of luck at St. A's!

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