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Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

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Tue. June 9, 2015 | Kelly Parsons

Plant QB Rex Culpepper settles on Syracuse

Plant quarterback Rex Culpepper has committed to Syracuse, coach Robert Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The rising senior chose the Orangemen over 16 other Division I offers. 

Culpepper, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading Plant to a Class 8A region semifinal before the Panthers fell to Orlando Dr. Phillips. He'll be the Plant's first returning starter under center since Philip Ely returned for his senior season in 2010. 

The son of former Florida and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brad Culpepper, Rex had nearly as many Division I offers as completions before starting his first varsity game for Plant. He committed to Syracuse on Tuesday after a short trip to the campus with his family on and Weiner. He also has offers from state schools Miami, Florida and USF.

Though he had offers from recently successful programs like Ohio State, Clemson and Ole Miss, Culpepper, a straight-A student, said he felt like Syracuse was simply a good fit for him academically and athletically. He said he also looks forward to the challenge of helping put Syracuse, a team that finished 3-9 in 2014, back on the map.

"It's a unique opportunity. When the fans found out I was going to go visit, they showed a lot of support. And what it showed me was that, Syracuse, it's hungry," Culpepper said as he waited for his flight home. "I'm given the opportunity to fight for a spot to turn the program around with coaches that believe in me."

As for the cold weather? The Florida native isn't too concerned.

"I love snowboarding," he said, "so I'm happy about it."

 

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