January 27, 2015

Vermont kicker headed to UNH

Roger Brown

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Robert Kelly, who kicked the longest field goal in Vermont high school history, will be bringing his talent to the University of New Hampshire.

Kelly, who played for BFA-St. Albans, was 2 for 4 from 50-plus yards last season. He made a 53-yard field goal and his record 57-yard kick.

Kelly took an official visit to UNH last weekend.

"When I got home I called coach Lyons (UNH defensive coordinator John Lyons) and told him I'd be coming," Kelly said. "They're bringing me in to compete for kicking and punting."

According to BFA-St. Albans coach Geoff Murray, Kelly also received interest from Connecticut, Maine, Delaware State and Stony Brook.

"I've seen him hit from 60 in practice, no problem," Murray said. "Once we crossed the 50 we felt like we were in his range."

Kelly, who is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, also played quarterback for BFA-St. Albans. He also plays varsity basketball and runs track. 

"He's never been able to practice just as a kicker," Murray said. "I have to think he's only going to get better."

Kelly will likely play for Vermont in this summer's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

"The other schools couldn't come close to what UNH had to offer," Kelly said.


UNH's recruiting class nearly complete

The following players have verbally committed to the University of New Hampshire football program. National Signing Day is Feb. 4:

Ivan NiyumugaboQB/DBMerrimack Valley
Mike BalsamoDBCentral Catholic (Mass.)
Nick VelteOLAquinas Institute (N.Y.)
Brendan HIllTE/WRMansfield (Mass.)
Malik WilderATHBrusnwick (Conn.)
Josh KaniaDE/OLBCambridge (Ga.)
Isiah PerkinsATHWilliamstown (N.J.)
Matt MatulisOLPark Vista (Fla.)
Jack CarrollDLGonzaga (D.C.)
Evan GrayRBWestfield (Va.)
Malik LoveATHHolderness
Jalen GardnerDEHillhouse (Conn.)
David WarnkenDBRCS (N.Y.)
Clayton JimersonOLMadison (Calif.)
Matt SherlockDB/WRBergen Catholic (N.J.)
Robert KellyP/PKBFA-St. Albans (Vt.)

UNH lands California lineman

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Clayton Jimerson, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Madison High School in San Diego, committed to the University of New Hampshire on Monday night, according to Madison coach Rick Jackson.

"He's a big, physical kid with a lot of upside," Jackson said. "He's pretty raw because he's been playing offensive line for only about a year. He played QB as a freshman and sophomore, and started last season as a tight end. When he had a kid get hurt we moved him inside to tackle for the last five games of his junior year."

Jackson said Jimerson also had offers from UTEP, Montana, Sacramento State and Weber State. He also had a grayshirt offer (delayed enrollment) from Boise State.

Madison recovered from an 0-3 start last season to reach the CIF Division I final, where it dropped a 49-42 decision to St. Augustine.

Jackson said Jimerson visited UNH earlier this month.

"He loved it," Jackson said. "He has a bright future."


New Hampton's Tully chooses Coastal Carolina

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New Hampton defensive lineman Seamus Tully finalized his college plans Monday night, when he committed to Coastal Carolina.

Tully visited Coastal Carolina last weekend. He also drew interest from Sacred Heart and the University of Maine. He was scheduled to visit Maine this weekend.

"I think they were all in the running, but Coastal just blew him away," Jim Tully, Seamus' father, said. "The program is just top notch. He's confident that this is a good choice."

Tully, who is 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, also played fullback, linebacker and offensive guard for New Hampton. He began his career at Kimball Union Academy, but transferred to New Hampton after KUA eliminated its football program. 

"He's built low to the ground," New Hampton coach Rick Marcella said. "He's already got the weight-room strength colleges are looking for. Seamus is a very good athlete. If defensive line doesn't pan out he could easily translate to center.

"He had a desire to get our of New England and see other parts of the country." 

Tully is the second New Hampshire football player from the Class of 2015 to commit to Coastal Carolina. Pinkerton Academy offensive tackle Noah Robison selected Coastal Carolina in December.


January 25, 2015

Londonderry's Fairweather chooses Saint Anselm

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Londonderry High School quarterback Eric Fairweather committed to St. Anselm College on Saturday night.

Fairweather, New Hampshire's Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2014 season, said he was also considering Assumption, Stonehill and Bryant. Stonehill and Bryant recruited him to play defensive back, but St. Anselm is bringing him in to play quarterback.

"That's one of the reasons I'm going there," Fairweather said. "I really want to give quarterback a try in college. I really enjoyed it there when I went for my overnight visit (earlier this month). I think it's the best fit for me financially and academically. Plus I really like their offense."  

Fairweather rushed for 1,245 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, when Londonderry finished with an 8-2 record following a loss to Pinkerton Academy in the Division I South championship game. He also completed 62 of 133 passes for 1,225 yards and 11 TDs.

"I think the opportunity to play quarterback was a big selling point," Londonderry coach Jimmy Lauzon said. "He wanted to stick with quarterback. I think he could surprise some people at quarterback. We didn't really have to throw much, but he can sling it with the best of them."

Fairweather, who also played defensive back for the Lancers, recorded 25 tackles and intercepted five passes last season.

"It's close to home and that was more of a positive than a negative," Fairweather said. "When I'm on campus I don't think I'll feel like I'm just down the road."


January 23, 2015

Manchester's Day joins Eagles as QB coach

Day.jpgThe Philadelphia Eagles have hired Manchester native Ryan Day (pictured) as their quarterbacks coach. Day, who played quarterback at Manchester Central and the University of New Hampshire, replaces Bill Musgrave, who became the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.
Day, 35, joins the Eagles after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boston College. That school posted consecutive seven-win seasons from 2013-2014. Day also held stints at Boston College from 2007-11 as wide receivers coach and from 2003-04 as a graduate assistant on offense.
In 2012, Day was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Temple University. He also served as the Owls wide receivers coach in 2006.
Day was a three-year starter in college, playing under former UNH offensive coordinator and current Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly. He finished his collegiate career with four UNH passing records, including best passing percentage and touchdown passes in a career.
Day began his coaching career as the tight ends coach at his alma mater in 2002. He also worked at the University of Florida in 2005 as a graduate assistant for offense.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from New Hampshire in 2002 and a master's degree in administrative studies from Boston College in 2004.

January 20, 2015

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January 17, 2015

Exeter's Vorster headed to Holy Cross

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Exeter High School's Neil Vorster has committed to play college football at Holy Cross.

Vorster, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound senior, was a three-year starter for Exeter. He played center and defensive end/outside linebacker for the Blue Hawks.

Earlier this year Vorster received an offer from Dartmouth, but it was contingent on him playing a year of prep school football and then joining the Dartmouth program in 2016.

Vorster is expected to play defensive tackle for Holy Cross. He said Holy Cross is the only school that recruited him to play defense.

"I like the defense part of it," Vorster said. "That, plus I won't have to spend a year in prep school.

"Holy Cross had been in contact with me for a while, then things dropped off. Last Wednesday they stepped up their offer. It seemed like the right decision for me."

Vorster's decision is not binding until he signs a National Letter of Intent. National Signing Day is Feb. 4.

Vorster will represent the East in this year's CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game.


Campbell's Gush will coach Shrine Team

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Campbell High School's Greg Gush has been selected to coach the New Hampshire team in this summer's 62nd Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Gush has been Campbell's head coach for two seasons. He guided the Cougars to the Division III championship last year.

Middlebury's Dennis Smith was named Vermont's head coach. Smith has a 57-16 record at Middlebury, and has steered his teams to two state championships.

This year's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will be played Aug. 1 at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt.

The 36-player rosters for this year's game are scheduled to be announced later this month.

New Hampshire stretched its Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl winning streak to 14 games by beating Vermont 42-6 last summer. New Hampshire leads the series 46-13-2 and has outscored Vermont 518-151 since Vermont's last victory in 2000.


January 14, 2015

Epping/Newmarket looking for line coach

The Epping/Newmarket football team is seeking an offensive line coach for the 2015 season. Those interested should contact Epping/Newmarket head coach Justin Leonard at JLeonard@sau14.org.