DURHAM, N.H.-Sean McDonnell, the eighth-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire football team, announced that 13 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcats.
Many of the players have been recruited to fill various skill positions and most of them could play on either the offensive or defensive side of the football.
In addition, two of the 13 signees hail from the Granite State in DE/TE Steve Young (Rochester, N.H.), who played for Spaulding High School, and Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.), who played at Souhegan High School.
"I'm very excited about the athleticism and speed of this class," said McDonnell. "We have been able to fill the needs that this year's senior class has left on both sides of the football. I feel strongly that this group will help continue the success we have had over the last two seasons."
|Derek Amble||LB/TE||6-2||210||Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown|
|Jamie?? Cosgrove||QB/LB||6-2||200||Sharon, Mass./Catholic Memorial|
|Devon Jackson||LB/TE||6-1||213||Williamstown, N.J./Willamstown|
|Sean Jellison||RB/DB||5-10||188||Amherst, N.H./Souhegan|
|Terrence Klein||SS/RB||5-11||190||Westwood, N.J./St. Joseph Regional|
|Mike Le Pore||DB/WR||6-1||190||Brick, N.J./Brick|
|David Olsen||OL/DL||6-6||235||San Diego, Calif./Berkshire School|
|Scott Sicko||TE/DE||6-3||230||Stillwater, N.Y./LaSalle Institute|
|Brandon Smith||DB/WR||5-9||170||Ventura, Calif./Ventura|
|Hugo Souza||DB/RB||5-11||185||Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield|
|R.J. Toman||QB/DB||6-1||190||Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo|
|Steve Young||DE/TE||6-4||240||Rochester, N.H./Spaulding|
|Dino Vasso||DB/WR||5-10||160||Crum Lynne, Pa./Ridley|
Derek Ambler, a 6-2, 210 LB/TE from Quakertown Pa. is a two-sport standout in football and basketball from Quakertown High School. Ambler played for former UNH tight end John Donnelly. As a two-way player at free safety and wide receiver, he helped his team battle through injuries and posted a 4-7 record. As a two-year starter at free safety, he collected 118 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As a wide receiver, he grabbed 28 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns. As a result of his efforts, he was named a second-team defensive back and a third-team wide receiver in the Suburban One League. Ambler was also named third-team all-state and selected to the Intelligencer All-Area team, and was selected to play in Bucks County and East-West All-Star games. Ambler has great size potential and with his speed he will be a fine addition to the UNH linebacking corps.
Jamie Cosgrove, a 6-2, 200-pound QB/LB from Sharon, Mass. is a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball. Cosgrove had an impressive career at Catholic Memorial High School, where he was elected team captain. Defensively, he had 110 total tackles and seven interceptions during his freshmen and sophomore years. He started at quarterback during his junior and senior campaigns and had 3,800 passing yards and threw for 24 touchdowns. He also posted 1,470 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns on the ground. Cosgrove played on three championship teams in all three of his sports played. He was named all-conference in his junior and senior seasons and was selected All-Division I by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Jamie is a tough, smart football player who will help the Wildcats on either side of the ball.
Devon Jackson, a 6-2, 213 pound LB/TE from Williamstown, N.J., is a standout two- sport athlete in football and track. As a two-way player at linebacker and tight end, Jackson was a three-year starter and senior captain at Williamstown High School. Offensively, Jackson had 26 receptions for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 82 tackles, 30 solo with 52 assists, while also posting three sacks, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and three forced fumbles. He was selected first-team all-conference, All-Group 4, all-area and honorable mention all-county. He was also a South Jersey Touchdown Club honoree. Jackson is a strong and explosive athlete. His work ethic and ability to get to the ball makes him a strong candidate to add depth at linebacker for the Wildcats.
Sean Jellison, a 5-9, 188-pound RB/DB from Amherst, NH, is one of the most highly-decorated football players in New Hampshire high school history. Setting New Hampshire career records for touchdowns (103) and rushing yards (5,890 yards) at Souhegan High School, he was named the 2005 New Hampshire Gatorade and Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. He also holds the New Hampshire single-season record for touchdowns, scoring 41 times in his junior season alone. Jellison's long list of career accolades include: being named the 2004 Union Leader Player of the Year; 2005 Union Leader First- Team Offense; a four-time NHIAA Division II First- Team All State selection, a 2005 Varsity Magazine New Hampshire & Vermont Top Fall Season Athlete, and he was named a two-time Souhegan Most Valuable Player. He presently holds the school's single-season yardage and scoring records. Jellison's speed and athletic ability will fit in well with UNH's offensive firepower.
Terrence Klein, a 5-11, 190-pound SS/RB from Westwood N.J., is an outstanding defensive back prospect who can get to the ball and tackle. In his senior season at St. Joseph Regional, the team won its seventh consecutive state championship and Klein led the way on defense. The senior captain had 75 solo tackles and three interceptions along with five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was the team's leading tackler when his junior and senior efforts are combined. This past season he was named first-team all-county, all-league and first-team all-state parochial. He will add a giant physical presence to the UNH secondary. Klein is also an outstanding high school baseball player.
Mike Le Pore, a 6-1, 190-pound DB/WR from Brick, N.J., was an outstanding two-way player at Brick H.S. He will help add depth and athleticism to either side of the ball for the Wildcats as well. He recorded 31 catches for 853 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior along with 44 tackles, 12 pass breakups and six interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Looking at his offensive career numbers, he posted 1,436 receiving yards for an average of 26.0 yards per catch. He also scored 15 career receiving touchdowns and had five career interceptions on defense. He was named first-team all-division, all-county, second-team all-state Group 4 and third-team all-state in all divisions this year. He possesses great hands and football instincts and will add depth to the skill positions in our program.
David Olsen, a 6-6, 235-pound OL/DL from San Diego, Calif. is a physical two-way lineman with 4.9 clockings in the 40 yd. dash while at The Berkshire School. He has outstanding feet and athletic ability and can move very well for a lineman. Olsen was an outstanding athlete at Claremont High School San Diego before attending The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. for one year. David was voted Lineman of the Year at Berkshire. A versatile athlete, David also played volleyball at Claremont & hockey at the Berkshire School. His athleticism will add depth to the offensive tackle position at UNH.
Scott Sicko, a 6-3, 230-pound TE/DE from Stillwater, N.Y., joins the UNH football family after playing at LaSalle Institute in Troy, NY. While at LaSalle he was a team captain during his senior year. Defensively, he had 41 solo tackles and 62 assisted tackles for an impressive total of 103 in his senior year. He also recorded 14.5 sacks, seven hurries and three blocked kicks as a defensive lineman. On the offensive side of the ball he compiled 33 catches for 700 yds., averaging 21 yds. per catch to go with his 11 touchdown receptions. Sicko was named to New York State's first-team all-academic squad, was named second-team all-state as a gridder, and he was named first-team all-area twice. He will add size and speed to either side of the ball. He has great size potential and is an outstanding two-way player.
Brandon Smith, a 5-9, 170-pound DB/WR from Ventura, Calif., is a relative newcomer to football having never played until his junior season. He possesses outstanding speed and toughness and was clocked at 10.61 in the 100 meters and finished fourth in Southern California in that that event as a junior. A versatile two-way player, Brandon carried the ball 57 times for 417 yds. He also caught 17 passes for 428 yds., averaging an outstanding 25.1 yds. per catch, along with 11 receiving touchdowns. On defense, he registered 86 tackles and four interceptions. Brandon will bring speed and quickness to the skill positions here at UNH. He is also expected to run track for UNH head coach Jim Boulanger.
Hugo Souza, a 5-11, 185-pound DB/RB from Marshfield, Mass. is a two-sport athlete in football and track at Marshfield High School. Under head coach Lou Silva's tutelage, Souza led his football team to a 6-4-2 record, just missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. As a running back, he had 196 carries for 1,859 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a defensive back he recorded 186 tackles and four interceptions. Souza was elected a two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic pick , named a two-time OCL All-Star, a two-time Marshfield Mariner All-Scholastic selection, a two-time Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, a two-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic, and a pre-season Reebok All-American. As a letterwinner in track, he competed in the 300 meters and the 300-meter hurdles. He will add speed, quickness and great tackling ability to the UNH secondary.
R.J.Toman, a 6-1, 190-pound QB/DB from Mission Viejo, Calif., was an outstanding field general at Mission Viejo High School who can beat an opponent with his arm and his feet. During his senior campaign R. J. led MVHS to a 12-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in California. One of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Toman is ranked No. 14 by Rivals.com. Toman completed 107 of 166 pass attempts for 1,804 yards. and 24 touchdowns, while also throwing only five interceptions. He also ran for 320 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 196.23. He was also named MVP of the South Coast League, one of the top prep leagues in the country. He is a letterwinner in baseball and track. He has outstanding vision on the field and will add depth to the quarterback position at UNH.
Steve Young, a 6-4, 240-pound DE/TE from Rochester, N.H. is another of many Granite State players who have decided to play their football close to home in Durham. A big, athletic player who can play on either side of the ball, Young led Spaulding High School with 87 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five sacks and an interception. Recognized for his strong play, he was named a first-team Division II All-State linebacker and the Union Leader first team all-state tight end. Young was ranked in Varsity Magazine as the No. 1 tight end in New Hampshire. He was a four-time letterwinner in football and was selected as team captain twice for the Red Raiders. His size potential gives him the opportunity to add depth to the UNH defensive line.
Dino Vasso, a 5-10, 160-pound DB/WR from Crum Lynne, Pa., is a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track from Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. During his career, he led his team to three consecutive state playoff bids under head coach John Waller. As a wide receiver, Vasso collected 105 receptions for 1492 yards and 16 touchdowns throughout his career. As a defensive back he had six interceptions. As a punt returner he returned two kicks for touchdowns. He was a two-time, All-Central League selection at both wide receiver and defensive back, a two-time first-team All-Delaware county selection, and a two-time first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection at wide receiver. As a point guard on his basketball team he led his team to two consecutive Central League Basketball Championships with a combined 33-3 league record. He was also named first-team all-league on the hardwood. As a track athlete he has been named all-league as a high jumper and a triple jumper. He has been selected to play in the East-West all-star game. His outstanding athletic ability will add to the versatility of the UNH skills positions.