DURHAM, N.H. – Sean McDonnell, the 13th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire football team, announced Wednesday that 13 student-athletes signed letters of intent on National Signing Day to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcats.
"We are very excited to add 13 student-athletes to the UNH football family," McDonnell said. "This class is one of the most athletic we've brought in a long time, especially in terms of speed and versatility. With the great blend of athleticism and ability this class possesses, we feel we've added depth and filled our needs with players who can play a number of positions."
Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
DeVaughn Chollette LB/RB 6-0 205 Scranton, Pa./West Scranton
Dalton Crossan DB/RB 5-11 185 Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North
Casey DeAndrade DB/RB 5-11 190 East Bridgewater, Mass./East Bridgewater
Ryan Farrell DB/WR 6-1 200 Westwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
Hayden Knudson DB/WR 6-0 190 Alexandria, Va./Hayfield
Andrew Lauderdale DE/TE 6-6 240 Concord, N.H./Trinity
Tad McNeely DL/OL 6-2 275 Whitehall, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic
Alexander Morrill DL/OL 6-2 290 Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon
Jordan Powell DE/TE 6-3 220 Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township
Adam Riese QB/DB 6-0 205 Hamilton, N.J./Steinert
Cameron Shorey DE/TE 6-4 240 Calais, Maine/Phillips Exeter
Kyon Taylor DB/WR 5-11 180 Springfield, Va./Lee
Stephane Turner DB/RB 5-7 185 Rowlett, Texas/Loomis Chaffee
DeVaughn Chollette comes to New Hampshire from Scranton, Pa., where he was a four-year starter and senior team captain at West Scranton High School. Chollette is a 6-foot, 205-pound LB/RB who racked up more than 300 career tackles. As a junior in 2010, he led the team to a 9-3 record, a second-place finish in the Lackawanna Football Conference and a berth in the state playoffs. Chollette finished the season with 92 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception while rushing for over 700 yards (5.3 yards/carry). He earned All-Lackawanna First-Team honors in 2010. As a senior in 2011, DeVaughn finished fourth in the league with 80 tackles to go along with three sacks and two forced fumbles. On offense, he rushed for over 550 yards, averaging 5.2 yards/carry, recorded four games with double-digit tackle performances, highlighted by a season-high 15 stops against Delaware Valley. Chollette was named Lackawanna All-Conference First Team in '11 and was selected to represent the East team as a linebacker in the East-West All-Star Game in May. DeVaughn is also a varsity wrestler and a member of the track team at West Scranton. He was a finalist for the 2011 Fiore Cesare Award and Scholarship, an award recognizing outstanding play and academic achievement in the Lackawanna Football Conference. He made honor roll every quarter during his high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Dalton Crossan comes to New Hampshire fresh off one of the best single seasons in Long Island history for Sachem North High School. Crossan was the co-winner of the Hansen Award bestowed upon the best player on Long Island. He was named All-State Second Team, All-Metro First Team (MSG Varsity), All-Long Island First Team, All-County First Team and All-Division First Team. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back carried 208 times for 2,016 yards, averaging 10.43 yards/carry, fifth all-time at Sachem North. He set the school record as a junior in 2010 by averaging 12.14 yards/carry. Dalton ranks 10th all-time in Suffolk County history in rushing yards and No. 11 in L.I. history. Additionally, he is No. 9 in L.I. single-season rushing yardage, No. 8 in county history and ranks fifth all-time in points scored on Long Island (434). He tallied 230 single-season points and scored 72 career touchdowns to rank fifth all-time in L.I. history. His 38 TDs as a senior are good for fourth all-time on Long Island. Crossan is also a nationally-ranked lacrosse player who was second in scoring on L.I. during his junior season. He was offered a full scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Michigan.
Casey DeAndrade is an explosive, versatile athlete out of East Bridgewater High School in southeastern Mass. The senior team captain was twice named Boston Globe All-Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Scholastic in addition to being feted as the 2011 Division 4 Player of the Year. Additionally, he was tabbed Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic three times, garnered 2010 Defensive Player of the Year honors and the 2011 Offensive Player of the Year award. DeAndrade was named to the ESPN Boston All-State Team as a defensive back, earned the WATD South Shore League Player of the Year award twice and was a three-time South Shore League All-Star. Over his career, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound RB amassed 62 TDs on 2,912 yards rushing, 1,135 yards receiving and, on defense, he intercepted 11 passes. Casey is the 55-meter-dash school-record holder in winter track who was tabbed to the Division 4 State Relay Championship Team. As a two-year captain on the baseball team, DeAndrade was selected as a South Shore League All-Star in 2010 and 2011. He is the vice president of the East Bridgewater National Honor Society and a member of the school's executive committee.
Ryan Farrell is a WR/DB from Xaverian Brothers in Westwood, Mass., who comes to New Hampshire after missing most of his senior season due to injury. In Farrell's junior season, he recorded 60 tackles, including three for loss, collected one sack, snared three interceptions and posted 10 pass breakups. Ryan was a leader of the defensive secondary on one of the top-10 teams in Massachusetts who will bring a physical style of play to the Wildcat defensive backfield. Ryan was also a two-year letter winner as a wing on Xaverian's state-ranked hockey team. His father, Billy, is a former UNH football captain.
Hayden Knudson is a WR/DB who hails from Alexandria, Va., and Hayfield High School. Knudson was honored as a National District First Team wide receiver, First Team safety and garnered Player of the Year honors. Knudson was named an All-Northern Virginia Region First Team safety and received Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention at safety. Hayden led Hayfield to a playoff berth this past season before his team was ousted by Lee High School and fellow UNH signee Kyon Taylor. The 6-foot, 190-pounder WR caught 32 passes for 600 yards and nine touchdowns and, from his safety position, he totaled 80 tackles and notched three INTs.
Andrew Lauderdale helped guide Trinity High School to an undefeated regular season and a N.H. Division IV state championship. The Concord, N.H., native caught five passes for 107 yards and four TDs as a tight end, highlighted by a 48-yard scoring catch against perennial power, Plymouth. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound TE/DE was named All-State First Team at TE and was selected to participate in the inaugural New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Game, which will be held at UNH's Cowell Stadium on June 23. Lauderdale was feted as an All-State First Team member as a junior, and he is a standout basketball player for the Pioneers, averaging 10 points per game.
Tad McNeely comes to the UNH football family from Whitehall, Pa., where he was a standout student-athlete at Allentown Central Catholic. McNeely was a three-year starter and a four-year letterwinner on the offensive and defensive line for coach Harold Fairclough. In his three years at ACCHS, Tad contributed to a combined record of 38-8, including three District 11 championships, three Lehigh Valley Conference championships and the 2010 Pennsylvania 3A state championship. As a senior captain in 2011, Tad was named All-LVC First Team as both a center and defensive tackle and an All-State First-Team offensive lineman. He was a staple for an offensive unit that gained 18,000 yards in three seasons and averaged 44 points/game in 2011. On the defensive side, McNeely compiled 35 tackles, two sacks, one interception a blocked punt and a safety. Tad is a big, strong and athletic lineman who has the tools to provide depth with his versatility to play all five offensive line positions. His older brother, Shane, is currently a freshman linebacker for the Wildcats.
Alexander Morrill, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman from Lebanon, N.H., has opted to keep his talents in the Granite State. Morrill was a three-year Division IV All-State honoree. As a sophomore and junior at Lebanon, he won the Top Lineman Award and, as a senior, was tabbed the team MVP. Alex is slated to compete in the inaugural New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star Game at Cowell Stadium and the Shrine Maple-Sugar Bowl game between New Hampshire and Vermont. Morrill is a standout on the Lebanon High School basketball team, as well, where he was named the co-MVP as a junior and earned a spot on the NHBCD All-Academic Team.
Jordan Powell is a strong, explosive TE/DE who heads to Durham from Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor, N.J. The three-year letterwinner collected 95 career tackles at the outside linebacker position, 18 of those for loss. He tallied three sacks, one interception, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles, and made seven receptions for 162 yards on the offensive side of the ball. He also caused a problem for opposing special teams with a blocked field goal and a blocked punt. He was named to the Super 100 New Jersey All-Star Team as a junior and a senior. Jordan also was a standout in high school lacrosse, where he led Lacey Township in goals during his sophomore campaign.
Adam Riese is an athletic, proven winner at the quarterback position from Steinert High School in Hamilton, N.J. The southpaw was tabbed All-Valley Division First Team, All-West Jersey Football League First Team, All-Mercer County First Team and the Mercer County Player of the Year for his signal-calling prowess. In addition, he garnered All-State Group 3 First-Team honors and All-Southern New Jersey All Groups Second Team. As a senior captain and team MVP, Adam passed for over 2,200 yards and 28 TDs while rushing for 818 yards and 11 TDs. This past season he led Steinert to a 9-3 mark, its first-ever playoff win and first-ever state championship game appearance. Over his career, the 6-foot, 205-pound QB compiled more than 4,300 passing yards and 46 touchdowns, and he rushed for over 1,600 yards and 17 scores. A four-year honor roll student and scholar-athlete, he also played three seasons of high school baseball as an All-Conference First Team and All-County selection as an outfielder.
Cameron Shorey comes to the UNH football family from Calais, Maine, by way of Phillips Exeter Academy. Shorey played tight end and defensive end for coach Bill Glennon in 2011 at Phillips Exeter and earned the Robert E. Mason Award as the team MVP. Cameron was honored as a member of the Class A All-New England First Team, and he was ranked as the top tight end in New England by Scout.com. On the offensive side, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound target was extremely productive with 18 catches for 225 yards while proving to be an effective run-blocker. As a defensive end, he registered 68 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles. Shorey is also a standout forward on Phillips Exeter's basketball team and was part of two AAU championship teams in Maine.
Kyon Taylor ventures to Durham from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound DB/WR earned a slew of accolades this past season, including Patriot District First Team as a wide receiver and Second Team as a defensive back. He was All-Northern Virginia Region First Team as a WR and Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention. Kyon led Lee High School to the playoffs and a first-round victory versus Hayfield High School and fellow Wildcat signee Hayden Knudson. Taylor finished his career with 55 catches for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns while notching 40 tackles and two INTs on defense. Outside of football season, Taylor is a standout performer on the Lee High School track team.
Stephane Turner is an explosive, versatile athlete who comes to UNH from Rowlett, Texas, by way of Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn. Prior to his postgraduate year at Loomis, Stephane was a three-year, First-Team All-Garland Independent School District selection at the Athlete position. The multi-faceted performer spent time at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back throughout his career at Garland High School. During his senior campaign, Stephane was chosen as the league MVP. Also a standout on the basketball court, Turner was tabbed All-League First Team and the Garland team MVP. He made an instant impact in his one and only season at Loomis Chaffee, where he was named team MVP and selected as a NEPSAC Class A All-New England Team representative.
This group joins a UNH football program that boasts the nation's longest streak (eight years) of consecutive NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearances. For more information on the Wildcat football program and purchasing 2012 season tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.