DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire football program has received 13 commitments from high school student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent to play for the University.
The list includes many outstanding, athletes who will help the Wildcats at multiple positions on the football field. In an effort to fill the needs of the squad, sixth-year head football coach Sean McDonnell and his staff have addressed needs at key positions on the football team, especially the offensive and defensive lines.
McDonnell has also signed two players from the local area in DL/OL Andrew Elwell out of Marshwood High School and WR/DB Michael Boyle, who played at Plymouth Regional High School.
"This class, with its caliber of athlete, will add greater depth to our football program here at the University of New Hampshire," said McDonnell. "We have fulfilled our need for more linemen and have brought in some very talented skill position players as well."
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (Last School)|
|Johan Asker||DE||6-5||248||Karlstad, Sweden (The Garsmel Crusaders)|
|Kaysonne Anderson||RB||5-10||185||South Belmar, N.J. (Manasquan)|
|Michael Boyle||WR/DB||5-8||175||Plymouth, N.H. (Plymouth Regional )|
|Tyler Brown||DL/TE||6-3||230||Williamsport, Pa. (Loyalstock)|
|Eric Cumba||OL/DL||6-2||290||Peterson, N.J. (Don Bosco)|
|Josh Droesch||TE/DE||6-6||240||West Boylston, Mass. (Boylston)|
|Mike Egan||DL/OL||6-3||225||West Hartford, Conn. (Norhwest Catholic)|
|Andrew Elwell||OL/DL||6-3||235||South Berwick, Maine (Marshwood)|
|Nate Jones||RB/LB||6-1||200||Hartford, Conn. (Kent School)|
|Christopher McClurg||OL/DL||6-3||260||Rochester, N.Y. (Webster Schroeder)|
|Jeff Pammer||FS/LB||6-0||190||Northampton, Pa. (Northampton)|
|Matt Parent||LB/FB||6-1||252||Long Beach, Calif. (St. Paul's)|
|Glen Waldron||OL/DL||6-5||272||Bristol,Conn. (Bristol Central)|
Johan Asker, a 6-5, 248-pound DE from Karlstad, Sweden, is one of the top high school prospects in Europe. An exchange student, he spent one year at Selby Area High School in Selby, S.D., where he was an All-State TE/DE and a member of the National Honor Society. He then returned to Sweden to complete high school and played for the Karlstad Crusaders, a team that went on to win the Swedish national title the last two years. Asker was named team MVP both years. He also played for Team Europe, a select team chosen by NFL Europe to compete against the top high school players from the United States, Japan and Mexico. Johan is also an outstanding hockey and floorball player. Coach McDonnell on Asker: "Johan possesses great speed and quickness and very good size potential. He will add athleticism to our defensive line."
Kaysonne Anderson, a 5-10, 185-pound RB from South Belmar, N.J., will provide UNH with a very strong runner, who possesses great field vision. Anderson missed most of his senior season due to injury, but rushed for 2,329 yards and scored 35 touchdowns during his remarkable junior campaign. Anderson completed his career at Manasquan High School with over 2,900 yards and 38 touchdowns. A first-team All-Monmouth County selection during his junior year, Anderson was named the Liberty Division Offensive Player of The Year, the New Jersey Shore Offensive Player of the Year and he was a first-team All-State selection by The Star Ledger. Coach McDonnell on Anderson: "Kaysonne has great vision and speed and has the ability to see the hole and then explode through it."
Michael Boyle, a 5-8, 175-pound WR/DB from Plymouth, N.H., is expected to provide UNH with a multi-positional athlete who is a proven winner His team went 44-0 with him as a starter and won four Granite State Championships. A three-time first-team All-State selection, he was picked as MVP by The Union Leader, was named the New Hampshire Gatorade Football Player of the year, New Hampshire "Mr. Football" and he is a member of the Granite State's Shrine Team in 2004. As a senior Boyle scored 27 touchdowns and averaged 254 yards of total offense in 11 games played. Defensively, Mike compiled 113 tackles and came away with five interceptions. Coach McDonnell on Boyle: "Mike is an exceptional kick return talent and has great vision whenever he touches the football. We were most impressed by the fact that he returned 20 kicks for touchdowns during his career."
Tyler Brown, a 6-3, 230-pound TE/DL from Williamsport, Pa., enjoyed an outstanding senior season for head coach Tim Thompson at Loyalstock High School where he was a two-way starter at TE and DE. Brown was a first-team District 4 selection at DE, completing the season with 70 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries, one he returned for a touchdown. As a TE, Brown caught 10 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 18.9 yards per reception. Coach McDonnell on Brown: "He had a successful return his senior year after recovering from knee surgery. "Tyler has good size and potential and is very explosive from the defensive end position. He was one of the top defensive linemen from his area."
Eric Cumba, a 6-2, 290-pound OL/DL from Peterson N.J., led a rushing attack for a Don Bosco team that posted a 23-0 record over the past two years. The Ironmen finished the 2003 season with an 11-0 mark, their second consecutive state championship title, and were ranked the second best high school in the nation. Cumba did not allow a sack in two seasons and completed his senior campaign with a 97 percent offensive lineman efficiency grade and he recorded 49 pancake blocks. A first-team All-State selection, he received first-team All-Prep honors and was named to numerous other post-season squads. Coach McDonnell on Cumba: "Eric is a big, physical offensive lineman who will help us continue our tradition of strong offensive lines here at UNH."
Josh Droesch, a 6-6, 240-pound TE/DE from West Boylston, Mass., was a four-time letter winner in football at West Boylston High School where he was named first-team all-league and was selected to the Super All-Star Team by The Worcester Telegram and Gazette following his junior and senior seasons.He was also selected to play at TE for the Central Massachusetts team in the Shrine All-Star Game. Josh also averaged 10.0 ppg. in basketball as a three-year letterwinner and was an outstanding track athlete as well. Coach McDonnell on Droesch: "Josh is a big target at the tight end position. He has good hands and speed for a player his size. He is a physical blocker who will help us as a two-way threat on the offensive side of the ball."
Mike Egan, a 6-3, 225-pound DL/OL from West Hartford, Conn., was a two-time All-State selection and a two-way starter at Northwest Catholic High School. A captain and the MVP of his squad his senior season, he led the defense with 15 sacks and five fumble recoveries. During his career, he had over 211 tackles and a total of 22 sacks. Coach McDonnell on Egan: "Mike has good size potential, and great quickness. He will help to improve our pass-rushing abilities on our defensive line. He was also a two-time captain of his high school hockey team."
Andrew Elwell, a 6-3, 235-pound OL/DL from South Berwick, Maine, was a three-season starter on both sides of the football at Marshwood High School. A two-time selection as a team captain, Elwell was also named team MVP following a senior season in which he recorded 6.5 sacks, 43 tackles and three fumble recoveries, one he returned for a touchdown. A first-team All-Conference Western Maine pick at DE and a second-team All-Conference Western Maine selection on the offensive line, Elwell was also the team captain of his school's basketball team. Coach McDonnell on Elwell: "Andrew is a very talented two-way athlete and has the size and speed he needs to become a very good offensive lineman."
Nate Jones, a 6-1, 200-pound RB/LB from Hartford, Conn., was a two-way player at The Kent School, where his team posted an impressive 7-1 record in 2003. Jones, a first-team All-New England selection, ran 202 times for 1,178 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. As a senior at Buckley High School in Hartford, he was named first-team All-State as a free safety. He was also the recipient of the Connecticut National Football and Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award. Coach McDonnell on Jones: "Nate has good size and vision on both sides of the football. He has the ability to get bigger. Combine that with his speed and quickness and we have an oustanding prospect."
Christopher McClurg, a 6-3, 260-pound OL/DL from Rochester, N.Y., was a three-year starter for a program at Webster Schroeder High School that made three consecutive state championship appearances and won two state titles. During his tenure as a starter at WSHS, the team posted an impressive mark of 32-1. Following his outstanding senior campaign, McClurg was named first-team All-County, first-team All-Greater Rochester and third-team All-State. He was also a three-time letterwinner in basketball. Coach McDonnell on McClurg: "Chris is a talented offensive line prospect with great quickness and flexibility. He comes from a program with a very strong winning tradition. He has shown great leverage and the ability to stay on blocks."
Jeff Pammer, a 6-0, 190-pound FS/LB from Northampton, Pa., is a versatile two-way player and saw time at running back, linebacker and safety at Northampton High School. Pammer was an Associated Press AAAA All-State selection, The Allentown Morning Call Player of the Year and is a "Big 33" nominee. Pammer rushed for 1,132 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also catching 35 passes, five of them for touchdowns. Defensively, Pammer checked in with 114 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions and two touchdowns. Pammer also excelled on special teams with 590 return yards, including an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. He also served as a punter and averaged 39.0 yards per boot. Pammer also competed in track as one of the top hurdlers in Pennsylvania. Coach McDonnell on Pammer: "Jeff is another two-way player and he possesses great football instincts. He is very capable of coming up and stopping the run from the safety position."
Matt Parent, a 6-1, 252-pound FB/LB from Long Beach, Calif., is one of the top two-way players in Southern California. A three-year starter, Matt was named MVP of the Mission League, the San Gabriel Valley and his team. In addition Matt was first-team All-CIF and a member of the Los Angeles Times Dream Team. Matt ran for 1,108 yards on 129 carries for 10 touchdowns during his outstanding senior season. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 126 tackles and four interceptions. Coach McDonnell on Parent: "Matt is a great fit for us. He brings toughness, athleticism and a great motor to our football program."
Glen Waldron, a 6-5, 272-pound OL/DL from Bristol, Conn., comes to UNH as an outstanding tackle prospect. A player with great potential, he was team captain, a first-team All-Conference selection and he was third-team All-State. In addition, he recorded 26 pancake blocks his senior year and only gave up one sack during his final two seasons. Defensively, he recorded 67 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Coach McDonnell on Waldron: "Glen is a very good all-around offensive tackle who has great feet and quickness for his size. We think his size potential is unlimited and we think he will match up well in our offense due to his athletic ability.