DURHAM, N.H. – UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell announced Thursday that Nick Cefalo, a defensive back/wide receiver from Basking Ridge, N.J, has signed a letter of intent to join the Wildcats' football program as a student-athlete this fall.
Cefalo, a three-year starter at Ridge High School, was named All-State First Team and All-County First Team by the Newark Star Ledger and First Team All-Area by the Courier News. As a senior, he was named Somerset County Player of the Year and Courier News Male Athlete of the Year.
His career numbers at Ridge H.S. included 46 receptions for 1,010 yards and 15 touchdowns as a receiver and 778 yards rushing on 113 carries with four TDs as a halfback. From his defensive back position, Cefalo made seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, seeing time as both a cornerback and a free safety. "Nick is an outstanding all-around athlete whose athleticism and skills will add depth to the free safety position at UNH," McDonnell said.
Cefalo played a post-graduate season at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, where he set a state record by returning five interceptions for touchdowns. He was named All-Colonial League and All-New England, leading New England in receiving and interceptions. Cefalo also captained the Cheshire basketball team and boasts an impressive 3.8 GPA.
Here is the updated list of student-athletes who have committed to UNH since National Signing Day on Feb. 2.:
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
Nick Cefalo DB/WR 6-2 185 Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge
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
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