The best wide receiver from NH for the Class of 2014 is officially going D-I. Troy Pelletier, who played at Manchester Central before doing a post-grad year this past fall at Bridgton Academy in Maine has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play football at Lehigh University.
"I was considering Lehigh, Sacred Heart, Albany, UNH, and Maine" Pelletier explained. "I chose Lehigh because I had a full offer, and it was hard to turn down an education as good as Lehigh's. On the athletic side, they have a great football program who gets a lot of support."
Pelletier has good size at 6-foot-3, is quick, athletic, runs good routes and has great hands. He definitely projects well as a potential go-to receiver at the next level.
I feel like I will fit in very well to Lehigh. They spread the field and throw the ball a ton. The coaches said there are spots open to compete for next year.
Bridgton is a school strictly for post-graduate kids, many of whom use that extra year to put them over the top with regards to preparing them for college both academically and athletically. It has done wonders for not only Pelletier, but other local kids like quarterbacks Steve Cronan (formerly of Winnacunnet) and Mike Luks (formerly of Souhegan).
"Bridgton has been the best thing for me" said Pelletier. "It gave me another year on the field to improve all aspects of my game. But this year has been more beneficial for me academically. My SAT's improved by 300 points and my GPA is way higher. I talked to primarily the same schools as last year but I think the extra year polished my skills and getting accepted to schools was not an issue like it was my senior year."
Not only will Pelletier be playing Division I college football at Lehigh, but he'll be getting a top notch education as well.
"I have not decided on a major" Pelletier concluded. "I am thinking business but will most likely go in undecided. This year has been big for teaching time management, so I plan to study hard and really focus on doing well in school."