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Amherst's Kieran Presley commits to UNH

1/20/2014

For some, the recruiting process moves at a swift pace.

That was the case for Loomis Chaffee wide receiver/running back Kieran Presley, who received a scholarship offer from the University of New Hampshire last week, took an official visit to UNH over the weekend and committed to the school Monday morning.

Presley, who attended Amherst Regional before his post-graduate year at Loomis Chaffee, also had scholarship offers from Rhode Island, Albany and Maine.

“I was having conversations with UNH before the offer,” Presley said. “I’ve been leaning toward UNH. They were my No. 1 for a while. The campus is beautiful. Once I got up there I knew it was the right spot.”

UNH competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, and is one of the most successful Division 1 FCS programs in the country. The Wildcats made the FCS playoffs for the 10th consecutive season last year, and reached the national semifinals before losing to eventual national champion North Dakota State.

Presley said UNH recruited him as an athlete. He has also played defensive back, but said he expects to play on the offensive side of the ball in college. He rushed for a 1,009 yards in nine games during his senior year at Amherst Regional, and was a NEPSAC All-New England wide receiver for a 6-3 Loomis Chaffee team last season.

“Offensive is my thing,” he said. “I’ll probably play slot or running back, Basically whatever they need me for.”

Presley took in Saturday night’s men’s hockey game between UNH and Union during his official visit. He also met Nashua (N.H.) South quarterback Trevor Knight during the visit. Knight, New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year, has also committed to UNH.

“I made up my mind last night talking with Trevor,” Presley said. “I had breakfast this morning then I met with Coach Mac (UNH coach Sean McDonnell). I told him I was coming to UNH and he seemed pretty happy.

“All the recruits seemed cool. When I went up there, everything seemed to click.”