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Canyon's Apsay chooses Colorado

Cowboys quarterback will be a senior this season

Posted: June 18, 2013 7:27 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:27 p.m.
Canyon High senior quarterback Cade Apsay. Canyon High senior quarterback Cade Apsay.
Canyon High senior quarterback Cade Apsay.


Canyon High senior quarterback Cade Apsay elevated the Cowboys offense to new heights in 2012.

The University of Colorado is hoping he does the same for it.

Apsay, who set single-game and season records for passing yards and touchdown passes, verbally committed to a scholarship offer from the Pac-12 school late Monday night.

“There are reasons I swayed toward them: the coaches, the school itself, the education I would get, when I went to visit I really loved what I saw from the campus,” Apsay said. “I really believe coach MacIntyre and his staff can turn it around there. I’m really confident when I come I can make my mark on that turnaround.”

Colorado went 1-11 last season.

The team is now in its first season under head coach Mike MacIntyre, who led San Jose State to a 10-2 mark in 2012.

Apsay said he felt comfortable immediately with Colorado because of its desire to land him.

He particularly grew fond of assistant coach Gary Bernardi, who has a lengthy connection to the Santa Clarita Valley having recruited here in the past for other colleges. His son Joe Bernardi also played for Hart High.

“They really showed me who they are as coaches and people, especially coach Bernardi,” Apsay said. “He was straight up with me. We hit it off well.”

Apsay passed for 3,333 yards and 39 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in 2012.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound quarterback also rushed for 15 touchdowns last season in leading Canyon to an 8-3-1 record.

He was selected as the Foothill League’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year, was a Signal All-Santa Clarita Valley First-Teamer and was named to the All-State Junior Third Team.

He also set single-game records with 405 passing yards and six total touchdowns on Sept. 7.

“This is the culmination of Cade’s hard work, effort and commitment. It couldn’t have happened to a finer young man who exudes character and integrity. A true blessing. I am so happy for Cade,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez.

Apsay also had offers from Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington.

He said he made his decision quickly because he didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

Apsay can’t sign the letter of intent until February.



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