Former Manchester Central wide receiver Troy Pelletier didn';t have any scholarship offers coming out of high school, but he';ll tell you that';s not the only thing he was lacking.
';I was getting denied by a lot of schools because I didn';t have the grades,'; Pelletier explained. ';My SAT scores needed to go up, too.';
Pelletier opted to spend a year of prep school at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine, and that helped change his situation. Pelletier, a Deerfield resident, signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and will play football at Lehigh next season.
Pelletier also had a scholarship offer from Sacred Heart, and said he received significant interest from Maine and Albany. He took an official visit to Lehigh earlier this month, and verbally committed to the school last week.
“I thought I got better this year,” Pelletier said. “I have a 3.5 GPA, my SAT scores improved and I got bigger, stronger. I know that if you graduate from Lehigh the chances of being successful are pretty high. I also know they’re one of the better teams in the Patriot League. That was a big factor in my decision.”
Nashua South quarterback Trevor Knight, Plymouth Regional linebacker Jared Kuehl, Hanover running back Shawn Cavallaro and Portsmouth defensive back Donovan Phanor are the New Hampshire high school players who also signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which was National Signing Day for high school players throughout the country.
Knight, Kuehl and Cavallaro will all play for the University of New Hampshire. Phanor, who was also a quarterback in high school, is headed to Division II Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
In addition, Proctor Academy running back/defensive back Kedron Banks signed to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Banks is from Dallas.
UNH extended a scholarship offer to Cavallaro on Tuesday night.
“It was pretty crazy at the end because the offer came a day before signing day,” Cavallaro said. “It pretty much came down to UNH, Maine or a prep school year.”
Pelletier, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs 195 pounds, also played varsity basketball at Central, and was selected as the Division I Player of the Year following his senior season. He is not playing basketball at Bridgton.
“I like both sports equally, I just figured football gave me a better chance to earn a scholarship,” he said. “I knew I could play Division I football. I wasn’t sure I could play Division I basketball.”
Pelletier said he felt a sense of relief when he committed to Lehigh.
“It was a long, stressful process,” he said. “I’m happy about my decision. I think I did well for myself.”