Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kelly Signs With UNH

Bishop Guertin senior Mike Kelly has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of New Hampshire. Not only is UNH close by to Kelly's home in Merrimack, but it is also one of the best, most consistent programs in FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football. Considering he was only able to play in 2 games for BG during his senior season and needed surgery as a result of a foot injury, this is a HUGE accomplishment for Kelly, who was hands down the best player in NH before the injury.

2 of the best performances that I have seen by a high school football player were both courtesy of Kelly - and they came in back-to-back games. Last year in the Division II championship game he scored 3 touchdowns, 1 was running, 1 was receiving and the other came on a punt return. He was sensational in that game, and was a threat to score a TD every time he touched the football. The very next game he played was the 2010 season opener vs. Salem, and it was the same story. Kelly was even better in this game, going off for 180 yards rushing, 116 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. What was most impressive about this performance was that after the game when I talked to him, all Kelly was talking about were things he could have done better, cut-backs he could have made, etc. He is a try perfectionist, and that kind of work ethic, along with his god-given speed and athleticism will make him an asset for the Wildcat football program.

After those 2 performances, it was clear that Kelly was a Division I caliber football player. The following week he suffered the foot injury in Guertin's game vs. Timberlane. The injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. After that, most figured he would need to rehab and do a post-grad year at a prep school to show college coaches that his foot was back to normal if he wanted to play Division I ball. But Kelly has proved those people wrong.

UNH has consistently been one of the top 10 teams in the FCS, and they play in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), which is the most competitive division in the country for the FCS. Kelly will be able to play there alongside former Bishop Guertin teammate Andy Vailas, who was a redshirt freshman this past season for the Wildcats.

For more on this signing, click here .

Congrats to Mike, and best of luck at UNH!

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