September 11, 2011

Interest picking up for Tupa

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Ohio's 2013 class has some good depth at the quarterback position and while many of the top signal callers are still jockeying for position, Tommy Tupa is starting to see interest really pick up over the last few weeks. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect from Brecksville-Broadview Heights is coming off a strong sophomore season and colleges have taken notice.

"The past few days I've got a lot of letters," Tupa explained. "Just to name a couple, Ohio State and Notre Dame have sent a lot of stuff, Alabama, Cincinnati, Northwestern, West Virginia, schools like that."

Tupa performed well at the Ohio State camp back in June and had a good time interacting with some fellow prospects as well as the Ohio State coaches.

"It was a great experience," he said. "I like all of the coaching staff down there and I met a lot of cool and athletic guys down there. Coach (Nick) Siciliano is a good guy so it was just fun."

As many know, Tupa is the son of former Ohio State quarterback and punter Tom Tupa, who had a long career in the NFL with multiple franchises. While the younger Tupa and his Dad share a fondness for Ohio State, they are still keeping things open at this early stage.

"He's keeping an open mind about it just as I am, we're keeping our options open," he said. "Of course he loves the school but it's going to be about playing time and my best opportunity."

Though his Dad is best known for his NFL career as a punter, he was also a pretty good quarterback in his day and has been able to pass down his knowledge of the position to his son.

"It's great having him as a quarterback coach because he's had so much experience in (the NFL)," he explained. "He's been in so many different offenses and he can just pick defenses apart and tell me what's what out there."

Unfortunately, Tupa hurt his non-throwing shoulder in a week two loss and is sidelined for the next few weeks. Watching his team go down to Hudson on Friday night was a tough thing for him to watch.

"It's very frustrating," he said. "It's almost surreal, you want to be out there helping your team and everything but from a psychological standpoint you just have to encourage them and keep them going."

In the meantime, Tupa is hoping to check out a few of the college programs that have been showing him interest.

"I'm heading to a couple of schools for some games this fall," he said. "Ohio State, I'm definitely going to try and get down there, probably West Virginia, maybe Northwestern, and we'll see from there."


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