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Tarpon Springs quarterback Louis Pappas commits to Lafayette

This past weekend, Tarpon Springs quarterback Louis Pappas took recruiting trips to Lafayette and Lehigh, two Division I-AA rivals in Pennsylvania that have played a record 147 times.

After visiting Lafayette, Pappas decided that was the school for him. He committed to the Leopards on Monday.

"Lafayette is a strong academic school with great football and great tradition," Pappas said. "Everything felt right the moment I walked on the campus."

Pappas had offers from other schools such as Holy Cross and Stetson but narrowed his top two to Lafayette and Lehigh.

With the Leopards, Pappas will have to wait a season before competing for the starting job. Andrew Shoop, who will be a senior, threw for more than 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season.

"The coaches said after that it will be an open competition," Pappas said.

Pappas' commitment ends a whirlwind season in which he spent the summer visiting campuses and attending football camps to get more exposure from colleges.

During a tumultuous senior season, Pappas threw for more than 2,300 yards and 14 touchdowns despite playing for two different head coaches and battling through injuries that forced him to miss nearly two full games.

"It's a relief to know where I'm going," Pappas said. "But I'm also excited about the opportunity."