FOOTBALL SIGNS 14 RECRUITS ON NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT DAY
    DURHAM, N.H.—Sean McDonnell, the 10th-year head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced today that 14 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program. The list includes a player from the Granite State, and several offensive and defensive linemen.
    “I feel good about the overall athleticism that our coaching staff has identified in the recruiting process,” said McDonnell. “We have filled an important need in the offensive and defensive lines with this recruiting class. This class will greatly improve our versatility as a football program. Many of these players can play at a number of positions and I feel that they will add great depth to our program.”
   
Alan Buzbee, a 6-3, 225-pound RB/LB from Chester Woods, N.J., was a three-year letterwinner in football and a two-year letterwinner in basketball. Although plagued by injuries in his senior year, Buzbee was named first-team all-conference, second-team All-Essex County and third-team all-group as a junior. As a result of those outstanding accomplishments, Buzbee was named the Junior Defensive Player of the Year in Essex County. Statistically, he compiled eight total touchdowns and 600 total yards on offense. Defensively he recorded 82 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 interception. Buzbee, whose brother Alex was a rookie with the Washington Redskins, is one of two recruits hailing from Seton Hall Prep. The other is classmate Chris Zarkoskie. Alan, we feel, has a big upside. His size potential and speed will add to the defensive side of our football program.

Mike DiLima, a 6-5, 285-pound OL/DL from Olney, Md., was named an All-WCAC offensive tackle and was an honorable mention all-metropolitan selection while at Our Lady of Good Council High School. He played for one of the most talented football teams in the country and led his squad to the playoffs, while starting on the offensive line. DiLima was named the Offensive Lineman of the week five times and was a constant leader in the classroom as a four-time honor roll student at OLGCHS. A big, physical offensive lineman, he will add great size, strength and depth to the UNH offensive line. DiLima has outstanding athletic ability for an offensive lineman. With his size, he will instantly add to the interior offensive line.

Matt Evans,  a 6-0, 200-pound RB/LB from Hanover, Mass., was a four-year starter in football while at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. A team captain as a senior, Matt led the Tigers in all defensive statistical categories for the second consecutive season. On offense, he split time at running back the past two seasons. As a result of his outstanding defensive efforts, Evans was named a two-time first-team All-ISL linebacker. Evans features an impressive combination of speed, athleticism and intensity and has been clocked at a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. He was named a first-team NESPSAC selection and All-New England two straight times. He was also selected to the Massachusetts “Super 26” All-State squad and will play in the Shrine Football Classic. An outstanding student, he was named to the “Patriot Ledger” All-Scholastic team twice. He also played basketball and lacrosse while at Thayer Academy. He has great athleticism and a nose for the football. He will add to the linebacking corps and special teams depth at UNH.

Ken Howard, a 5-10, 220-pound RB/LB from Plainfield, N.J., rushed for over 2,000 yards on just 199 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per carry at The Hun School of Princeton. His unique blend of power and speed has earned him both all-league and all-state honors. Howard was named first-team all-prep  in both 2006 and 2007 by “The Trenton Times”, “The Trentonian”, “The Star Ledger” and the NJSIAA. The MAPL Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, Kenny was named “The Star Ledger’s” Prep Player of the Year in New Jersey as a senior. A team captain in both football and track, Howard gained additional accolades on the oval as a junior and was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-state. Howard is a big back who has great vision. He will add explosiveness and size and power to the UNH backfield.

Josh Lane, a 6-2, 275-pound OL/DL from Derry, N.H., was a three-year, two-way starter at Pinkerton Academy for head coach Brian O’Reilly. A senior co-captain, Lane led the defensive line with 68 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. He was also an anchor on an offensive line that has been a key component in his team winning three state titles. In recognition of his outstanding play, Lane was named first-team all-state for the third consecutive year. He was also twice honored as a member of  “The Union Leader” All-Star Team, as well as “The Eagle Tribune” All-conference Team and was picked as “The Eagle Tribune” Defensive Player of the Year. He also was recognized as a finalist for the prestigious “Mr Football Award,” which is given to the best player in the state of New Hampshire. Josh is an outstanding offensive line prospect. He has great strength and balance and will continue the fine tradition of offensive lineman from the Granite State.

Isaiah Martin, a 6-2, 285-pound OL/DL from Pennsauken, N.J., led the Pennsauken Indians from his line positions to the state semifinals in two of his three years as a starter in the PHS program. A captain in his senior year, Martin was named first-team All- Olympic Conference on both the offensive and defensive lines. During his senior campaign, he became a Second-Team All-Group IV selection in Southern New Jersey. He has also been selected to play in the Southern New Jersey All-Star Game. A multi-sport athlete, he has lettered in both basketball and track at Pennsauken High School Isaiah is a raw, explosive, offensive lineman who will add depth to the interior of the UNH offensive line. He has  great strength and power for a young offensive lineman.

Walter McCarthy, a 6-5, 240-pound OL/DL from Warwick, R.I., was a two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Milton Academy for head coach Kevin McDonald. On the defensive side of the football, McCarthy completed the season with 40 tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 30 quarterback pressures and 6 sacks. On offense, he helped anchor an offensive line that was able to generate over 1,500 yds rushing, 1,250 yds. in the air and the team averaged an impressive mark of 31 points per contest. McCarthy was nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was selected first-team All-Independent School League (ISL), first-team All-NESPSAC and All-New England “Super 26” All-State. Finally he was selected to play in the Shrine Football Classic. He is also a three-time varsity letter winner in hockey. Walter is an outstanding offensive tackle prospect. He has great size potential and with his long arms and athletic ability he will be an outstanding pass protector at this level.

Joey Orlando, a 5-10, 175-pound WR/DB from Bethlehem, Pa., completed his high school career at Liberty High School with 81 receptions for 1,380 yds., 13 receiving touchdowns and a 17 yd per catch  average under head coach Tim Monceman. Defensively, Orlando finished with 121 tackles and nine interceptions. In his senior year at LHS, Orlando was named to “The Express Times” All-Area Team, “The Morning Call” All-Area Team, and he was selected to be a member of the East Team in the Pennsylvania Annual East-West High School All-Star Football Classic. His team was a two-time runner-up for the PA4A state championship. A three-sport athlete who excelled in football, track and basketball, he is the son of Bo Orlando, who played for several teams in the NFL, finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A gifted wide receiver, Joey has soft hands and elusive moves. He will fit in well as a slot receiver in the UNH offense.

Dontra Peters, a 6-0, 180-pound RB/DB from Annapolis, Md., captained the 2007 St. Mary’s High School squad and led the team in rushing with 1,346 yds. on 134 carries (9.3 yds. per carry) and 19 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for a total of 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He completed the season with 22 solo tackles in the secondary. An honor roll student, he was selected to “The All-Capital Gazette Team, was a first-team MIAA pick, a first-team Baltimore All-Metropolitan player and an honorable mention all-state selection. Dontra also lettered three times in football and twice in track and field. An explosive athlete with great vision and break-away speed, Dontra will add great athleticism and explosiveness to the UNH football program.

Tyler Sargent, a 5-11, 180-pound DB/RB from Fairview, Pa., is the third Wildcat player to come to UNH after playing under head coach Jerry Lightner at Fairview High School. A talented athlete on both sides of the football,  Sargent recorded 78 tackles and five interceptions as a junior defensive back. In his senior campaign, he scored 31 touchdowns, while also rushing for 2,071 yds., good for an average of 9.5 yds per carry. He combines speed (10.7 in the 100 meters) and power and holds the school and county record in the long jump (22’-5”). For his efforts on the field, he was named first-team all-conference, second-team Associated Press All-State, and Pennsylvania District 10 Player of the Year. In addition to being a stand out in football and track, Sargent is also a two-time captain and starter on the FHS basketball team. Sargent is a very good all-around athlete. His speed and quickness and nose for the football will help make our secondary more athletic.

Jared Smith, a 6-4, 275-pound DL/OL from Greencastle, Pa., was a three-year starter for Greencastle-Antrim High School where he recorded 62 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and blocked a pair of field goals under head coach Chuck Tinninis. A second-team all-conference defensive tackle in his junior campaign, he was also a first-team all-conference performer at defensive tackle in his senior season. Smith was selected to be a member of the West team in the Pennsylvania East-West All-Star Football Classic. Smith is a big, strong interior defensive line prospect. He is explosive off the football and will greatly help improve UNH depth on the defensive line.

Matt Welch, a 6-5, 210-pound QB/FS from Lowell, Mass., was a three-year starter at Lowell High School under head coach Scott Boyle. He began his career at LHS as a sophomore starter at tight end and free safety, but later moved on to play quarterback and free safety in his junior and senior campaigns. Welch was a three-time all-conference football player at Lowell and led his team to the conference championship as a junior. An outstanding basketball player, Welch started four seasons and was named all-conference all four years. He was a three-time team MVP and scored his 1,000th point in his junior year on the hardwood. Matt is a tremendous athlete. He has great vision and touch in the passing game. He is a tough competitor and has the athleticism to play multiple positions at UNH.

Josh Vick, a 6-1, 215-pound QB/FS from Apollo, Pa., was a two-year starter in football under head coach Chris Heater at Kiski Area High School. Vick led the WPIAL in passing as a senior after completing 143 passes for 2,110 yds. and 14 touchdowns. The Pennsylvania triple A javelin record-holder (208’) , he owns every passing record at KAHS, including his top passing contest, where he completed 21 of 22 passes for 340 yds. and four touchdowns against Latrobe HS. A first-team all-conference player, he was also named to “The Pittsburgh Tribune Top 25”. Vick will conclude his high school playing career at the Pennsylvania East/West All-Star Game. A first-team all-conference pick in his senior year, he was also chosen honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-conference as a junior, and he was a member of the Ivan White Courageous Award “Pittsburgh Gazette” Fab 22 in his junior and senior campaigns. He was named a “Valley News Dispatch” All-Star in his junior and senior seasons. Josh is a very strong-armed quarterback who has good size and arm strength. He has great accuracy and touch when passing the football.

Chris Zarkoskie, a 6-2, 290-pound OL/DL from West Caldwell, N.J., has earned numerous awards and honors for his accomplishments as a football player at Seton Hall Prep where he was a two-time all-state selection and named all-conference and all-county three times each. He earned a total of seven varsity letters in both football and track at SHP, highlighted by a senior football campaign that saw him make 72 total tackles on defense and 75 pancakes on offense. His efforts as a senior earned him second-team all-state honors and first-team All-Non Public State, first-team All-Essex County and first team all-county. He was also named the Essex County Offensive Lineman of the Year, all while maintaining a 4.0 in the classroom. He joins teammate Alan Buzbee, also from SHP, in this year’s UNH signing class. Chris is a very physical and strong offensive lineman. He is a very good center prospect due to his flexibility and athleticism.
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