Leominster's Neil O'Connor commits to UNH

January, 2, 2014
Leominster High senior quarterback/safety Neil O'Connor has verbally committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2014 season, Blue Devils head coach Dave Palazzi told ESPNBoston.com tonight.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, just the second player from the Central Mass. district to earn the nod, as the Blue Devils reached the MIAA Division 2 Central final. On the season, he completed 121 of 194 passes for 2,132 yards and 24 touchdowns this past season, and also rushed for 673 yards and 11 scores on 81 carries. On defense, he recorded 120 tackles, five interceptions -- returning two for touchdowns -- and forced one fumble. He also helped the Blue Devils to back-to-back MIAA Division 1 Central Super Bowl titles in 2011 and 2012.

O'Connor also holds the unique distinction of earning All-State honors on both sides of the ball last month. On Dec. 13, he was named to ESPNBoston.com's annual All-State Team as a quarterback. Two weeks later, he was named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) "Super 26" All-State Team, as a defensive back.

O'Connor projects as a safety for the Wildcats, who reached the Division 1 FCS National Semifinal last month before falling to North Dakota State. He is the third Bay State commitment for coach Sean McDonnell, joining Central Catholic safety D'Andre Drummond-Mayrie and Cardinal Spellman wide receiver Rory Donovan.

More details to follow.

Brendan C. Hall

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Brendan C. Hall joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools reporter/editor in May 2010, after four years covering high schools for The Boston Globe. The Westminster, Mass. native also served on the Globe's Bruins beat in 2009.



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