New Hampshire Football Report

UNH offers Goffstown’s Strickland

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There’s a first time for everything, as the saying goes, and Monday was the day Goffstown High School’s Peyton Strickland received his first scholarship offer.

University of New Hampshire offensive coordinator Mike Ferzoco extended the offer to Strickland, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound tight end/outside linebacker who will be entering his senior season in the fall.

“He (Ferzoco) messaged me earlier in the day saying he wanted to talk on the phone later,” Strickland said. “I get out of track practice and call him and that’s when he offered me. He told me they were willing to offer me a full ride to come play for them.

“Obviously UNH is a D1 school and that’s my very first offer, so it’s a very big deal to me. I knew I wanted to play college football since I was 10, if not younger. It’s a very big moment to see it unfold before your eyes.”

Stickland, who turned 17 in February, emerged as a dominant tight end at the varsity level midway through his sophomore season. He was limited to one game last season, after he sustained a collarbone injury in practice before Goffstown’s second game.

“I think we saw a lot of potential in his athleticism pretty early on,” Goffstown coach Nick Hammond said. “We knew he was going to be special, yes.

“They (the UNH coaches) just think he’s the total package, in terms of athleticism and then what he does in the classroom as well. Great student. He checks all the boxes. He might be the strongest kid in our program.”

In addition to competing in football and track and field, Strickland also plays varsity basketball for Goffstown. He said he’s hoping to tour the UNH campus and meet the entire coaching staff in the next few weeks.

“What I have to credit getting to this point is hard work,” Strickland said. “You have to stay in the gym even if you don’t want to be there. You have to work harder than other people around you. That’s what’s gonna get you to that next level. I preach that to all my friends and teammates. I preach it to myself mentally every day. It’s the rock saying and I try to live by it. You have to be the hardest worker in the room, and I try to be the hardest worker in the room all the time.”


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