New Hampshire Football Report

Goffstown’s Duval selects UNH

Photo courtesy of Joe Marchilena/nh-highschoolsports.com

Goffstown High School’s Andrew Duval had to feel pretty good when he heard that University of New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell was at his school Thursday. That’s when McDonnell extended a scholarship offer — an offer Duval accepted a day later.

Duval, New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2017 season, took an official visit to UNH last weekend.

“I’ve been wanting to get an offer from them for a long time,” Duval said. “I didn’t lose hope.”

Duval, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner, caught 27 passes for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior,  when he led the Grizzlies (9-2) to the Division I semifinals. Duval averaged 26.6 yards per catch and also contributed two rushing TDs, one passing touchdown and one touchdown on a kick return. Defensively, he recorded five interceptions, returning one for a score against Exeter in the Division I quarterfinals.

Duval said he’s uncertain if he’ll play offense or on the defensive side of the ball at UNH. He was a starter at Goffstown since his sophomore season, when the Grizzlies won the program’s only Division I championship.

Central Connecticut and Southern Connecticut also showed interest in Duval, who also had an offer from St. Anselm College.

Duval  is the fifth player to give a verbal commitment to UNH since the early signing period, joining Merrimack running back/defensive back Joe Eichman; Kyle Lepowski a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Md.; Charles Briscoe,  a 6-foot, 174-pound wide receiver from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.; and Derek Thompson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back from Appoquinimink High School in West Middletown, Del.

Duval, Eichman, Lepkowski, Briscoe and Thompson can make their commitments binding by signing a national letter of intent on Feb. 7.

“Very exciting day,” Duval said. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

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