New Hampshire Football Report

McQuarrie commits to UCLA

It appears Chip Kelly’s ties to New Hampshire helped him land one of the top-rated high school quarterbacks in the country.

Weare resident Parker McQuarrie, a 6-foot-7, 208-pound QB, has committed to Kelly’s UCLA program. McQuarrie, who began his high school career at John Stark before he transferred to the St. Paul’s School in Concord, announced his decision on Twitter after a 15-minute conversation with Kelly on Wednesday.

McQuarrie, 17, took an unofficial visit to UCLA with his parents in March.

“My whole family loved it,” McQuarrie said. “They have a lot of Northeast guys on staff — guys who have coached at UNH, BC. It felt like we were at home, almost. Coach Kelly being from New Hampshire definitely played a role. I definitely felt something special there.”

Kelly, who played at Manchester Central and then at the University of New Hampshire, visited McQuarrie at St. Paul’s in January.

McQuarrie repeated his junior year at St. Paul’s and will be a senior in the fall. The recruiting site 247 Sports rated McQuarrie as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class. He guided St. Paul’s to an unbeaten record and its first NEPSAC Bowl victory since 1989 last year.

“I wanted to be the first (quarterback) to commit there before anyone else did,” McQuarrie said. “I didn’t want to miss that opportunity.

“The type of offense was also a big factor because that determines whether I’d be a fit or not. Coach Kelly said he’ll be running more of a pro-style offense like he did with the Eagles. It’s not going to be like what he did at Oregon.”

McQuarrie also has scholarship offers from Boston College, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin, UMass, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri and Rhode Island.

Drew McQuarrie, Parker’s older brother, plays defensive line at Boston College.

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