DURHAM, N.H.—Sean McDonnell, the ninth-year head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced today that 15 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program.
“I believe that the UNH coaching staff did an outstanding job in addressing the team needs in many areas of our football squad,” said McDonnell. “I am extremely pleased that we were able to fill many of our needs at the skill positions on both offense and defense. I also feel that the athleticism and size potential of the offensive and defensive line recruits will help us to build on our recent success.”
Sean Cullen, a 6-4, 220-pound TE/DE from Naples, Fla., had 20 catches for 453 yards and three touchdowns while at Barron Collier High School. He also averaged 23 yards per catch and 50 yards receiving per contest. Cullen was named a first-team tight end for the Collier County Athletic Conference and was also selected as an All-Southwest Florida “Prep of the Week”. Sean has outstanding size potential for a tight end, great speed, agility and hands, and will add to the offensive firepower at UNH.
Kevin Decker, a 6-3, 180-pound QB from Armonk, N.Y., was a proven winner at Brunswick High School where he led his teams to a 34-1 record and three Class C New England titles. A three-time “Boston Globe” New England Class C Player of the Year from his sophomore through his senior season, Decker was a member of the Madison Square Garden Network’s All-Star team for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas as a senior. A four-year starter at QB since the fourth game of his freshman year, he was also named the MVP at his position at the Elite College Combine in 2006. Looking at his impressive statistics, Decker passed for 75 career TDs, 30 of which came during his junior season, and for 5,763 career yards. He also completed 364 of 623 passes during his four years. Named a captain of both the football and basketball squads at BHS, he scored 1,750 career points on the hardwood. Decker’s quarterbacking ability will fit well in UNH’s multiple offense. He has a great feel and touch for throwing the football.
John Duffey, a 6-2, 200-pound DB/WR from Tarentum, Pa., played on both sides of the football for head coach Sam Albert at Highlands High School. There, as a senior, John recorded 15 receptions for 415 yards and nine touchdowns. He also scored a touchdown as both a kickoff and punt returner. Defensively, John tallied 46 tackles, five for a loss. He also checked in with two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. For his efforts, John was named a “Valley News Dispatch” First-Team wide receiver, a “Pittsburgh Post Gazette” All-Star and first-team all-conference as a defensive back and second-team all-conference as a running back and all-purpose player. He was also selected to compete in the North WPIAL vs. South WPIAL All-Star Game. He adds great size and speed to the UNH secondary. His all-around athletic ability will also add depth to the UNH special teams.
Jayson Elmore, a 6-3, 230-pound OL/DL from Hershey, Pa., comes to UNH after playing football for Head Coach Bob “Gump” May at Hershey High School where he was a three-year letterwinner and named a team captain in his senior year. He completed his career with 120 tackles, five sacks (one for a safety), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks as a defensive end. As a tight end, Elmore recorded 15 receptions with an average of 14 yards per catch and one touchdown. In his senior year, he was named Team MVP, first-team all-conference as a tight end and second-team all-conference as a defensive end. He was also a three-time letterwinner in basketball and was also team captain in his senior year on the hardwood. Look for Elmore to add athleticism to the offensive and defensive lines at UNH. He has great quickness, speed and growth potential for a lineman prospect.
Kyle Flemings, a 5-11, 175-pound DB/RB from Forty Fort, Pa., comes to UNH after playing football at Bishop Hoban High School, where he played football for his father/head coach Dwayne Downing. On the offensive side of the football as a running back, Flemings did it all, scoring 22 career touchdowns, rushing for 1,060 career yards, grabbing 1,747 receiving yards, and even 730 passing yards as a utility player. From his corner position, he was tough to beat with 20 interceptions, 86 pass breakups, six forced fumbles, six defensive touchdowns and 122 tackles. A three-year starter at BHHS, he is the team’s all-time leader in interceptions and was a two-time captain of the football team. In addition, he was named a two-time team MVP, Wyoming Valley All-Conference, a WNEP Super 16 Dream Team selection, and a member of the Super 7 All-Star squad. He was also a four-year starter on the school’s basketball team and was a three-time all-conference pick, all-district, the district game MVP, tournament MVP and he was team MVP and team captain three straight seasons. He brings great speed, anticipation and athletic ability to the UNH defensive secondary. His all-around ball-hawking will help improve takeaway abilities.
Terrance Fox, a 5-9, 165-pound WR/DB from Piscataway, N.J., was a versatile playmaker as a star wide receiver/running back/safety/return specialist for perennial New Jersey power Piscataway High School. As a senior Terrance ran for 753 yards, while accounting for 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the football, Fox recorded five interceptions to lead the team. For his efforts, he was named first-team all-league and all-county and Third-Team Group IV All-State. As a junior he was selected first-team all-league and second-team all-county as a wide receiver after accumulating 360 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns, while also recording five interceptions on defense. During his career at PHS, he was a member of the 2003 and 2004 North Jersey Group IV State Champion team, as well as the 2005 state runner-up squad. An outstanding track athlete, he boasts one of the top returning long jumps in the state this year at 20-8. A second-team all-county long-jumper, Terrance placed second in North Jersey Group IV as a junior. He also finished sixth in the North Jersey Group IV triple Jump (41-6.5) and helped lead the 4x400 relay team place second with a time of 3:27.79. He is an outstanding all-around athlete who will add speed and explosiveness to the UNH receiver corps.
Anthony Gorrell-Shorts, a 5-11, 170-pound WR/DB from Clayton, N.J., recently completed a successful football career at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J where he lettered in both football and track. A first-team all-area selection as a senior wide receiver under head coach Chappy Moore, he compiled over 1,000 yards of total offense, made 38 catches for 640 yards, and he scored five touchdowns. On the defensive side of the football, he recorded two interceptions and he was one of the state’s best in kickoff returns over his career with an impressive average of 30.5 yards per return. As a junior, he was one of the top defensive backs in South Jersey, totaling 30 tackles and five interceptions with one for a TD. As a sprinter in track, he finished fifth in the state in the 100 meters with a clocking of 11.25. He also won the NY/NJ Metropolitan 55-meter dash with a time of 6.5 seconds. Gorrell-Shorts is a fine all-around athlete who will help UNH at multiple positions on the football field. He has sure hands and great speed potential.
Chris Jeannot, a 6-6, 220-pound WR/TE from Moon Township, Pa., was a two-sport standout in football and basketball at Moon Area High School. As a wide receiver under head Coach Marc Capuano, Chris finished his two-year career with 40 catches for 412 yards (a 10.4 ypg. average) and two touchdowns. In basketball, his team won the WPIAL Championship three straight years (2004-2006). As team captain this year, they are a favorite to win a fourth title. An honor-roll student throughout his high school years, Jeannot is a state of Pennsylvania nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He is a tall, athletic target on the football field and can help the explosive UNH offense at several positions. He has good pass-catching ability and runs well for a player of his size.
Kevon Mason, a 6-4, 200-pound WR/DB from Quincy, Mass. is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track for Xavarian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. As a wide receiver this past year, he recorded 40 receptions for 780 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 19.5 yards per catch during his senior campaign. The leading receiver for the Hawks, Mason led the team to the Eastern Massachusetts Division I Super Bowl. A first-team All-Scholastic selection by the “Boston Herald”, Mason was also named first-team All-Scholastic by the “Daily Transcript” and he was a Catholic Conference All-Star this past season. He was chosen as one of the top Super 26 All-State All-Stars in 2006. A tall physical target, he has all of the tools to become an outstanding receiver at the college level. Mason is also an outstanding triple-jumper for the track program at XBHS. He won the state Division I triple jump this past year.
Ryan McGuiness, a 6-0, 190-pound DB/WR from Howell, N.J. has already enrolled at UNH and is presently taking classes and working out with the football team. McGuiness recently completed a post-graduate season at Milford Academy, where he was second on the squad with 63 tackles and also came up with two interceptions. As a senior captain at Howell High School, McGuiness played at both running back and receiver, where he produced 1,200 yards of offense and scored nine touchdowns. He also led the team defensively with 127 tackles and six interceptions. An outstanding punt/kick returner, he was named all-league as a return specialist following his senior campaign and he was selected Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was named first-team All-State. A four-year letterwinner in basketball, he was captain of the team in his senior season, and was also a standout baseball player at Howell. He will add speed and depth to the secondary and special teams in the Spring.
Brian McNally, a 6-4, 225-pound DE/TE from Cornwall, N.Y., was an outstanding tight end out of Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, N.Y. where he caught 20 passes for 409 yards and four touchdowns for the Dragons. Defensively, he registered 92 tackles and 10 sacks, forced two fumbles and recorded one safety at defensive end. McNally helped to lead his squad to an 11-2 record, ending the season as Section 9 Champions and the New York State runner-up. He was also a three-time Section 9 All-Star during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Following his impressive senior season, he was named second-team All-State as a defensive end. Elected a team captain, he will compete in the Governor’s Bowl, an All-Star game that features the best players from New York and New Jersey. He was also a three-year letterwinner for the CCHS basketball team. Brian will bring great size and strength potential to the UNH defensive line. His overall athleticism will help improve UNH’s pass rushing ability.
John Murray, a 6-3, 240-pound DL/OL from Aston, Pa. comes to UNH from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., where he was recognized as one of the top linemen from the area and the state. In his senior season, he recorded 114 tackles, including 22 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks as a defensive lineman. He was also a standout offensive guard for head coach Mike Ricci. Murray received numerous honors and awards for his efforts, including being named first-team All-State , first-team All-County, first-team All-Area and first-team All-Southern Chester County as a defensive end. He was also named All-Southern Chester as an offensive guard. A team co-captain, he was selected to play in the “Hero Bowl” featuring the best talent in Delaware County. He was also named second-team All-State as an offensive guard in his junior year and was named first-team All-Delaware County by the “Delaware County Times”. Murray’s athleticism will add great depth to the interior defensive line position at UNH. He has great size and speed potential and has the opportunity to develop into a very good defensive lineman.
George Pecoraro, a 6-4, 240-pound OL/DL from Cresskill, N.J., comes to the UNH football program after completing a successful career at Cresskill High School, where he was twice named all-conference at offensive tackle and was named first-team All-Bergen County and third-team All-State as a senior. A three-sport star and captain in football, basketball and track, Pecoraro is the center on the Cresskill basketball team and one of the state’s top throwers in both the shot (53-0) and the discus (147-10). He was also named the team MVP in football. George is a very athletic and explosive offensive line prospect. He has very good feet and pass protecting abilities and fits well into UNH’s offensive line with his athleticism and speed.
Mark Petercuskie, a 6-0, 210-pound LB/TE from Holliston, Mass., played football at Holliston High School under head coach Todd Kiley and completed his career with over 200 tackles, five forced fumbles, 14 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss from his linebacker slot. In recognition of his efforts, Mark was nominated for the High School Army All-American game played in San Antonio. He was also named the “Crown Trophy Daily News” MVP, a “Metrowest Daily News” All-Star, a three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star and he was also named a team captain and team MVP. Mark’s father, Jerry, is a former Boston College and current North Carolina State assistant football coach. Mark adds great speed and tackling ability to the UNH linebacking corps. He has a great nose for the football and outstanding football instincts.
J.T. Wright, a 6-0, 200-pound WR/K from Agoura Hills, Calif., is already enrolled in classes at UNH and is taking part in strength and conditioning with the team. He transferred to Durham from the College of the Canyons this year, where he had 17 catches for 239 yards, three touchdowns and an average catch of 14.0 yards. In his senior year at Agoura High School, he recorded 72 catches for 1,254 yards, 10 TD receptions and an impressive average of 17.4 yards per catch. Also an outstanding kicker, he connected on 8-9 field goals and hit 100 percent of his PATs (29-29). An All-Marmonte League MVP and All-Ventura County and Division I All-Star as a utility player, he will add experience and depth to UNH’s wide receiver corps this spring.