One of the fastest, most explosive high school players to come out of New Hampshire in years is staying in his home state to play his college ball. Shawn Cavallaro (Hanover, NH) has signed his National Letter of Intent to attend and play football at the University of New Hampshire. Cavallaro was a four year starter at Hanover High. For all four years he was a standout player on offense, defense and special teams, and for four years he was a threat to score a touchdown every time he touched the football.
"After I went down on an official visit to UNH at the end of January it really impressed me" said Cavallaro. "I had the chance to meet with all the players and coaches and I really like the positive feeling around UNH and I know they are one of the top programs around" I love all the coaches at UNH, it is great staff who is enthusiastic throughout the whole process. It will also be a great opportunity to play for my home state and compete for a national championship
Cavallaro's speed and versatility have been his best assets in high school, and you can look for him to continue to utilize those strengths at UNH as well.
"UNH talked about playing me at a 'J-Back' position, which is mainly lined up in the slot as a receiver and then motioned into the back-field for some carries at running back" Cavallaro explained. "They also said I could fit on defense. I love having the ball in open space and being able to make plays for my team and I think playing in UNH’s spread offense will give me a great opportunity to do that. They also discussed the opportunity of playing kick-returner and punt-returner. I told Coach McDonnell I will do anything to help the team and cannot wait to start my career as a Wildcat. There are 100 great players on the team, and I need to work harder than ever to contribute."
New Hampshire was not the only school recruiting Cavallaro, but they are the school he determined was the best fit for him.
"On the recruiting front, I had a preferred walk on offer from Temple and strong interest from The University of Maine up until the day before signing day" said Cavallaro but after UNH offered me a scholarship it was an easy decision to commit there."
Cavallaro is 5-foot-11, 185 lbs. and runs a 4.41 forty yard dash. He joins a football program that is annually one of the top teams in Division I's FCS (Football Championship Subdivision).
"It is going to be an honor to play at a Division 1 football program like UNH" concluded Cavallaro. "I can’t wait to play and compete in the CAA conference. It is a top-notch program that competes at a high level every year. They have made the playoffs the last 10 years straight and I ’m really looking forward to helping the team out in anyway possible. When I visited, you could see the enthusiasm of everyone; from the academic support staff to the guys lifting in the weight room, and the coaches. The whole program had a buzz of intensity and great tradition."
Congratulations to Cavallaro, and best of luck to him at New Hampshire.