Football Announces 14 Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

DURHAM, N.H.Sean McDonnell, the 12th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire football team, announced Wednesday that 14 student-athletes signed letters of intent on National Signing Day to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program.

"I thought our coaches did an outstanding job in filling most of our needs in this recruiting class," McDonnell said. "I am particularly excited about the size and athletic ability of the offensive and defensive linemen."

Here is a breakdown of the student-athletes who committed to UNH on Wednesday:
 

Name                            Pos.                Ht.        Wt.            Hometown/High School
Jared Allison                   WR/DB           5-8        165            Cliffwood, N.J./Matawan Regional
Akil Anderson                 FS/WR            6-1        190            Morristown, N.J./Morristown
Rashid Armand               DL/OL             6-0        300            Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay
Mike DeTroia                   WR/FS            6-3        193            Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat
Seth Geyer                     LB/RB             6-1        220            Valencia, Pa./Mars Area
Sean Goldrich                 QB/FS             6-3        195            West Haven, Conn./Notre Dame
Austin Heter                   OL/DL             6-4        250          McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour           
Zach Hundertmark          OL/DL             6-2        280            West Windsor, N.J./Hun School
Mike Kelly                      DB/WR            5-9        175            Merrimack, N.H./Bishop Guertin
Shane McNeely               TE/DE             6-2        250  Whitehall, Pa./Allentown Cent. Catholic     
Douglas Moss                  DB/WR           5-10      165            Columbia, Ala./ Columbia
Dan Riley                        DE/TE            6-4        230            Danielsville, Pa./Northampton Area
Jullian Turner                   DL/OL           6-0         300  East Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills           
Ryan Welch                      DL/OL          6-3         300            Dunstable, Mass./Lawrence Academy

Jared Allison is a standout athlete from Cliffwood, N.J., where he was a four-year starter. As a junior quarterback, he led his team to a state championship, capturing the MVP award in the title game. During that junior season, Allison was named All-Shore First Team, All-New Jersey Group 2 First Team, All-State Second Team, Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year and selected to the New Jersey Super 100 Team. Allison, as a senior captain, guided Matawan to a second straight state championship and was once again voted to the N.J. Super 100 Team, All-Shore First Team, All-N.J. Group 2 First Team and All-State Third Team. "Jared is a dynamic athlete who will give us great depth at the slot receiver and kick return positions," McDonnell said.

Akil Anderson is an athletic, hard-hitting safety prospect from Morristown (N.J.) High School. He was a captain on the 2010 state championship team, finishing his senior campaign with 85 tackles, two forced fumbles, 16 passes defended and one interception. On offense, Anderson totaled 635 all-purpose yards and three receiving TDs. "Akil is a sure-tackling downhill safety who will fit well in our defensive scheme," McDonnell said.

Rashid Armand is a standout student-athlete from Sheepshead Bay High School. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was team captain and played defensive tackle and offensive line. Armand's accolades included a place on the New York Post All-Brooklyn Team and All-New York City Team, as well as a roster spot in the Brooklyn Football Coaches Association Big 44 Senior All-Star Game. Armand racked up an impressive 165 tackles and 11 sacks in three seasons for the Sharks, and inside the classroom he was a two-time academic award winner for posting the highest grades on the team and was feted as a 2010 PSAL MVP Scholar-Athlete. A standout weightlifter, Armand has a 405-pound bench press, 495-pound squat and a 295-pound power clean. "Rashid is a wide body defensive tackle who will help provide a physical presence to the interior part of our defense," McDonnell said.

Mike DeTroia is an outstanding wide receiver prospect that finished his senior season with 62 receptions for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 98-yard scoring catch; on defense, DeTroia compiled eight interceptions from the safety position. He helped guide Barnegat High School to its most wins and first playoff berth in school history and was elected All-State First Team, All-N.J. Group 2 First Team, All-Shore First Team and a member of the N.J. Super 100 Team. DeTroia holds Barnegat H.S. career and season records for catches, receiving yards, touchdown catches and interceptions. "Mike has great size and has the ability to go get the ball," McDonnell said. "He will be a big pass-receiving target for our offense."

Seth Geyer is a hard-hitting linebacker and fullback who led the Mars Area High School Fightin' Planets to an impressive 10-2 record and a trip deep into the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics League (WPIAL) playoffs. Hand-in-hand with a great scholastic career is a long list of accolades: All-Pennsylvania Second Team, 2010 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 Team and the Butler Eagle Sweet 16 High School Football All-Star Team –all as a linebacker. Over the course of his junior and senior seasons, Geyer accumulated 172 total tackles, nine sacks and 33 tackles for loss. The Fightin' Planets won the Greater Allegheny Football Conference each of those seasons, and Geyer was rewarded by being named an All-Conference First Team performer as both a linebacker and fullback. "Seth is a physical downhill linebacker who tackles very well," McDonnell said. "He is a versatile two-way player who will add depth to the linebacker position."

Sean Goldrich hails from Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn., where he compiled a 25-4 record as starting quarterback, including a state championship in his junior year. During that season, he threw for 1,700 yards, 21 touchdowns and only one interception to earn recognition on the Levi Jackson All-Area Team, All-State Second Team and Academic All-State. In his senior season, he passed for 1,800 yards, threw for 21 touchdowns and notched eight rushing TDs. He was named to the Levi Jackson All-Area Team, All-State First Team, All-Area Team and All-Conference First Team. As a baseball player, Goldrich batted .389 as a junior with 15 stolen bases, leading his team to the state championship game. "Sean is an athletic quarterback who possesses a strong arm," McDonnell said. "He is a proven winner that will fit in well in our offensive scheme here at UNH."

Austin Heter, from Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pa., is a long, rangy player. Heter led the Spartans to a 12-1 record as a senior, with the team's lone defeat occurring in the WPIAL championship at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. A great pass protector and a devastating blocker, Heter paved the way for one of the most potent offenses in the WPIAL. Montour averaged 200 rushing yards and 170 passing yards en route to the Parkway Conference championship. Heter was rewarded by being named All-State First Team as an offensive lineman by both the Associated Press and the Pa. Football News. Additionally, he was a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Fabulous 22 Team and, as a junior and a senior, was recognized as an all-conference performer in the Parkway Conference. He was named Second Team offensive tackle as a junior and First Team offensive tackle and Second Team defensive tackle as a senior. The well-rounded athlete will graduate from Montour with a combined 11 varsity letters in football, basketball, track and volleyball. "Austin is a big, athletic tackle prospect who possesses a wide wing span for an offensive tackle," McDonnell said. "His size and athleticism will add to our run- and pass-blocking skills on the offensive line."

Zach Hundertmark is a big, athletic lineman from The Hun School of Princeton by way of West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School in N.J. As a senior, he was All-South Jersey First Team, All-Area First Team, a Parade All-American honorable mention and a two-time selection to the N.J. Super 100 Team, including his junior season. He was All-Prep First Team at the Hun School and has already enrolled at UNH for the spring semester. "Zach is a strong, physical run blocker with good balance who will give us depth at the interior offensive line positions," McDonnell said.

Mike Kelly played for coach Tony Johnson at Bishop Guertin High School, where he was awarded the Peter Keenan Memorial Scholarship in 2008. Kelly was a three-year starter for the Cardinals and led them to the Division II championship all three seasons. As a sophomore, Kelly earned All-State honorable mention running back; as a junior, he was named All-State First Team as a wide receiver and Division II Player of the Year by the NH Sports Page and was a nominee for the state's Mr. Football Award. As a senior, Kelly was named team captain and ranked as the No. 1 football player in New Hampshire despite playing only one game due to injury. In that one game, he scored five touchdowns, four on the ground where he compiled 193 rushing yards, and one through the air among his 117 receiving yards. Kelly also played basketball and ran track at Bishop Guertin, earning All-Area and All-Star Boys Indoor Track honorable mention. As a junior, he was N.H. Outdoor Track All-State. "Mike is a very versatile athlete who can help us in multiple positions," McDonnell said. "He has great ball skills, quick feet and great vision on both sides of the ball."

Shane McNeely comes to UNH from Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic High School, where he was a Scholar Athlete and a two-sport athlete, playing football and basketball. On the gridiron, McNeely was named All-Conference First Team tight end for three years, All-Conference First Team linebacker for two seasons and All-Area First Team linebacker for two years. In his senior season, he led his team to a 16-0 record and the PIAA AAA State Championship while also earning conference Defensive Player of the Year honors and All-State First Team at linebacker. A four-year starter and captain during his senior campaign, McNeely was recently named to the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game in Pa. As a four-year starter in basketball, McNeely earned all-conference honors in his junior year, averaging 15 points per game. "Shane is a big, explosive tight end/defensive end athlete who will help us in multiple positions," McDonnell said. "He has a great sense for the ball on the defensive side and is a physical blocker on the offensive side."

Douglas (D.J.) Moss is an impressive defensive back that brings speed and athleticism to the UNH secondary. His abilities to make big plays and cover man-to-man will be a great addition to the defensive backfield. Moss finished his senior year as Columbia (Ala.) High School with 51 tackles and 247 career stops. In addition, he snared nine career interceptions, including three in his senior year, returned two picks for touchdowns and forced five fumbles in his career. On offense, Moss finished with 70 receptions for 740 yards in his career, earning All-City First Team and All-Region First Team honors as a senior. Moss also received the Most Determined Player award for Columbia. "Moss is an impressive athlete who runs a 4.47 40 and has a 37-inch vertical jump," McDonnell said. "D.J. grew up in Springfield, Mass., and is also an outstanding player on his high school basketball team."  

Dan Riley hails from Northampton Area High School in Pa. where he was tabbed as the team Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, was an All-Conference First Team defensive end and The Morning Call and Express-Time All-Area Second Team performer. Riley compiled 97 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, as well as four pass break-ups during his senior season. As a junior, he recorded 94 tackles, 20 for loss, 15 pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. "Dan is a big-framed defensive end who is long and rangy," McDonnell said. "He plays with a high motor and has great size potential for a defensive end prospect."

Jullian Turner was a rare four-year starter at Woodland Hills High School, leading the Wolverines to back-to-back WPIAL AAAA Big East championships. The school also had the distinction of competing in consecutive WPIAL championships during his junior and senior campaigns, claiming the state title in Turner's junior year. He was voted All-Big East First Team as a defensive lineman and a center in both his junior and senior seasons. He led his squad in pancake blocks and, ultimately, was selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic, which pits Pennsylvania's best seniors against Ohio's best.  In addition, Turner posted a 3.5 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.  "Jullian is another big body, an athletic physical player that will add size and strength to our interior defense," McDonnell said.

Ryan Welch is a versatile two-way lineman who helped lead Lawrence (Ma.) Academy to an 8-1 record and a berth in the Tom Flaherty Bowl this past season. As an offensive lineman, he helped clear the way for an outstanding total of 2,702 rushing yards on the season and an average of 300 yards per game. As an interior defensive lineman, he recorded 29 tackles, 12 solo, to go along with three sacks for a loss of 16 yards. As a junior, Welch helped lead the team to a 9-0 mark and an ISL Championship, beating Kimball Union Academy in the Samson/Lorden Bowl. He recorded 39 total tackles, 14 solo, and was second on the team with four sacks for a loss of 25 yards. As a starting right guard, he helped the offense average 342 rushing yards per game. Welch capped his career at Lawrence by being named First Team All-ISL as a defensive lineman as a senior. "Ryan is a big, strong two-way line prospect that can really run for a player his size," McDonnell said. "He will give up size and athleticism in the interior parts of our defense."

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