One of the top rated tight end prospects in NH high school football will officially be continuing his career at the collegiate level, as Keene High senior Emmett Kiernan will attend and play at Salve Regina. Salve is a highly regarded institution located in Rhode Island, and on the football field they compete in the Division III's ECAC. The Seahawks went 7-4 last season and made it to the ECAC title game.
"I was contacted by a number of schools but Salve Regina showed the most interest in me and gives me an opportunity to play for a winning program" Kiernan told the NH Notebook. "The coaching staff really impressed me, and when I made my official visit every player I talked to loved it. Other schools I was considering were University of Rhode Island and Elon as a preferred walk on, but I decided the Division III level would give me a better chance to compete for playing time. I was also looking at Ithaca and Rhodes."
As a senior for a Keene team that was built around running the ball, Kiernan still recorded 27 catches for 350 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also played defensive end for the Blackbirds. The link to Kiernan's Hudl page complete with video highlights can be found by clicking here.
"I will be going to Salve as a Tight End" explained Kiernan. "Throwing the ball is a big part of the offense, as they go to the air almost 50% of the time, and often split the Tight End out at receiver giving me a chance to catch more passes."
Kiernan was part of a Keene squad that went 8-3 on the year and advanced to the Division I semi-finals. The Blackbirds played a tough, hard nosed, blue collar style of football and that will certainly help Kiernan at the next level. At 6-foot-6 he is certainly a big target in the middle of the field, and Kiernan also runs good routes and is tough to bring down after the catch.
"I think Keene really helped prep me for college football, playing for one of the best programs in Division I, and playing in big games against tough competition" concluded Kiernan, who is currently undecided on a major for college.
In addition to football, Kiernan also played basketball at Keene. Other local NH players who were on the Salve Regina roster last fall included senior Kyle Henrick (Salem), freshman Matt St. Onge (Pinkerton) and junior Khari Halliburton (Manchester Central). Congratulations and best of luck to Kiernan.