March 27, 2014

Football Welcomes Trio of Freshman Walk-Ons for 2014 Season

DURHAM, N.H.Sean McDonnell, 15th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire football program, announced Thursday the additions of three incoming student-athletes who will walk on to the team for the 2014 season:

Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School
Nick Derocher TE/DE/LB 6-1 225 Northwood, N.H./Tilton School
Jake Klose WR/DB 6-2 175 Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West
Kyle Reisert DE/TE 6-2 205 Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth Regional

"We are excited to bring these three student-athletes into the Wildcat football family," McDonnell said. "Nick Derocher, Jake Klose and Kyle Reisert add versatility, athleticism and provide us with position flexibility on both sides of the ball."

Nick Derocher comes to UNH from the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. The resident of Northwood, N.H., had an outstanding career at the Tilton School, where he was a three-year All-Evergreen League performer and two-time team captain. Derocher, a tight end/running back on offense and a defensive end/linebacker on defense, was selected to the All-New England Prep School First Team and earned team MVP honors during his senior season.  

Jake Klose will join the Wildcats by way of Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills, N.Y. Klose transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver his senior year and had an outstanding season, catching 39 passes for 727 yards and averaging 18 yards/catch.  His eight receiving touchdowns put him in the Top-5 in Suffolk County. Klose, who averaged close to 100 yards receiving/game, is expected to add depth to the WR position.

Kyle Reisert finished an outstanding career at Plymouth Regional High School with numerous accolades, including All-Conference First Team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. For his efforts in a state championship-winning senior season, Reisert was tabbed the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year in New Hampshire, was selected to play on the N.H. Shrine Team and has been chosen to participate in the CHaD East-West N.H. All-Star Game. Reisert was a three-time All-State First Team defensive end and garnered All-State Second Team as a tight end during his freshman season. The senior captain was also recognized for his work in the classroom, as he was the recipient of the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

For more information on the UNH football program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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