New Hampshire Football Report

Caparell leaving URI

Former Bedford High School quarterback James Caparell was hoping to play for Plymouth State University next season. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in May, Caparell planned to transfer and pursue his MBA at Plymouth State, where he would use his final year of athletic eligibility.

The NCAA nixed those plans last week when it voted against a proposal that would have allowed student/athletes in Caparell’s situation to transfer and participate in athletics at the Division III level.

Now Caparell is uncertain what he’ll be doing next fall.

“I was really banking on that Division III rule going through,” he said. “I was 100 percent going to go to Plymouth. That would have been ideal. I went up there a couple times to visit. It has a good MBA program, it’s affordable and it’s affordable and it was close to home.

“Now I’m kind of starting over again. I’ll have to do a little more research and send out film to other schools. If I can find a place I’ll have to see what’s out there in the workforce.”

Caparell endured some rocky times at URI, which changed head coaches after his redshirt freshman season and struggled to win games in each of his four seasons. His best year came in 2014, when he appeared in 10 games and made six starts at quarterback.

Caparell hold the NHIAA record for career passing yards (5,389). He tossed 50 touchdown passes at Bedford and finished his high school career with 1,222 yards rushing and 23 rushing TDs.

Caparell said he will likely start contacting Northeast-10 schools to see if there’s a good fit for him at the Division II level. Saint Anselm is not an option because it does not offer a master’s program. He has already obtained his release from URI.

“I have no interest is staying here (URI),” he said. “I’d like to stay close to home and I want to go someplace that doesn’t have too much of a quarterback competition. I want to go someplace where I can play.”

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