NCF On The Trail: New Hampshire Wildcats

BC lands speedy RB Alston

August, 23, 2013
Five-foot-6, 165-pound prospect Sherman Alston (Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph) has committed to play in the ACC for Boston College, according to multiple reports.

"Boston College is a good academic school, and it's still close to home," he told "I'm also thankful that they didn't hold my size against me."

Albany, Bryant, Delaware and New Hampshire were the other schools that offered the senior running back, who is expected to return kicks and punts for the Eagles.

While not possessing ideal BCS size, Alston has shined on the field and in a combine setting. He rushed for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on just 103 carries (8.7 average). Prior to his junior campaign, Alson registered an electronically timed 4.45 40-yard dash and 32.1-inch vertical at a Nike event.

The Eagles now have 22 players on board for 2014. Their class is currently ranked 34th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

OLB Chris Britton picks UConn 

February, 3, 2013
The Huskies received a commitment Sunday from senior Chris Britton (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg), according to multiple sources.

Delaware State, New Hampshire, Old Dominion and Pittsburgh also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 207-pound outside linebacker. James Madison, Maryland, Penn State, Richmond, Temple and Toledo showed interest.

OL Jake Kennedy commits to UNH 

September, 18, 2012
New Hampshire Union-Leader staff writer and ESPN Boston contributor Marc Thaler is reporting Tuesday morning on his "New Hampshire GameDay" blog that two-star offensive tackle Jake Kennedy (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) has verbally committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2013 season.

Kennedy chose the Wildcats over six other scholarship offers among programs in Division I FBS (UMass) and FCS (Rhode Island, Maine, Fordham, Colgate, Holy Cross). ESPN rates Kennedy as the top prospect in the Granite State, and told Thaler he felt a "comfort level" with the coaching staff at the Durham, N.H., campus.

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According to, Maryland extended a scholarship offer Friday to Elvis Dennah (Annapolis, Ind./Area Christian) and the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect quickly committed to the Terps.

Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Monmouth and New Hampshire were some of the other programs recruiting the tall safety.

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George Craan commits to BC 

February, 26, 2012
Rarely does a high school football player commit to a college before he's offered a scholarship, but that's what happened with Concord-Carlisle running back George Craan.

On Friday afternoon Craan told Boston College assistant coach Sean Devine that if BC make him an offer, he would accept it. BC extended that offer Saturday morning.

“I didn't need any time to think about it,” Craan said. “It was an easy decision. I knew an offer might be on the way. It just took a while to make sure everything was OK with admissions. I told them, 'If I get in, I'm going to go.'”

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Two-star TE talks decision 

February, 15, 2012
Under-the-radar senior tight end Nate Ortiz (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony's), a high two-star talent, has signed with Delaware State of the football Championship Subdivision.

"It's unbelievable," Ortiz told "When you get the verbal commitment, you don't feel it's really true until you actually see it on paper. Anything can happen."

New Hampshire and Stony Brook also offered the 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect. Temple showed interest.

Ortiz joins former UAB pledge Willie Bolden (Brunswick, Ga.), another high two-star, as the top signees for Delaware State according to ESPNU.

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Running back Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem) has given a verbal commitment to New Hampshire, ESPN's Roger Brown reports.

Buffalo, Fordham, Pennsylvania, Stony Brook and Syracuse also offered Crossan.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder showed well on the combine circuit, as he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash, a 4.2 short shuttle and had a 30.3-inch vertical leap.

Crossan is also a top lacrosse prospect.

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Outside linebacker DeVaughn Chollette (Scanton, Pa./West Scranton) is headed to Durham after committing to New Hampshire, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

Chollette is looking forward to playing in the Wildcats' scheme:

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James Madison has received a verbal commitment from Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y./William Floyd), ESPN's Roger Brown reports.

Army, Fordham, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Villanova also offered Bedell.

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James Madison continue to build one of the top Football Championship Subdivision recruiting classes for 2012 with two more additions. reports that high two-star running back Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y./Floyd) and cornerback Xavier Crocker (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) have committed to play for the Dukes.

Bedell, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect, also received scholarship offers from Army, New Hampshire, Villanova, Fordham and Stony Brook. He's posted a 4.56 40-yard dash, 4.38 20-yard shuttle and 34.5-inch vertical along the combine circuit.

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Offensive / defensive lineman Tad McNeely (Allenton, Pa./Central Catholic) is set to continue his career with New Hampshire of the Football Championship Subdivision, the Morning Call reports.

His older brother Shane is a freshman linebacker at New Hampshire, which will play its first game in the playoffs this weekend against Montana State.

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