Lopes signs letter of intent with Warriors

Brazilian quarterback Gabriel Lopes is coming to Waldorf College to continue his football career.

Lopes signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday.

“We’re very excited to have him as a quarterback,” Waldorf coach Kent Anderson said. “He’s mobile, creative and he’s very, very competitive.”

Lopes is a native of Joinville, Brazil – the largest city in the state of Santa Catarina. He attended Posiville High School before coming to the United States to finish his career at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a private boarding school in Rabun Gap, Ga.

“At Rabun Gap, I learned how to overcome diversity, become a leader and manage my time between academics and my social life,” Lopes said.

This past season, Lopes had an exciting year at Rabun Gap. The Eagles earned a trip to the playoffs, making the first postseason appearance in the program’s three-year history.

“As an individual I played many positions, and through this I learned the fundamentals of each one of them,” Lopes said.

Making the transition to the American football scene, Lopes said it was much different than in his home country where the sport is still young and players lack experience.

“This was not the only adjustment I found when moving here,” Lopes said. “In Brazil, players are typically bigger due to the lack of age restriction in the sport. In America, I felt I was more equally matched with people who were my own age and equivalent in size.”

Following his career with the Warriors, Lopes plans to remain active in football by promoting the sport in his homeland.

“After I attend Waldorf, I intend to return to Brazil where I will use my gathered knowledge and experiences to further football within Brazil,” Lopes said.