The University of New Hampshire football team added nine players to its 2019 freshman class during the early national letter of intent signing period.
The nine early signees are quarterback Max Brosmer, wide receiver Griffin Helm, defensive back/running back Breece Hoff, two-way linemen Collin Instone and Dylan Poirier, linebacker/running back Oleh Manzyk, defensive back/running back Caleb Mead, running back Isaac Seide and defensive back/wide receiver Noah Stansbury.
Brosmer, from Roswell, Ga., finished his career at Centennial High School as the state’s all-time regular-season passing leader. He logged 3,459 passing yards and 31 touchdowns and earned the regional offensive player of the year award as a senior.
Helm, who is from St. Augustine, Fla., recorded 1,162 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 90 receptions over his final two seasons at Bartram Trail High School of Jacksonville, Fla.
Hoff, who is from Charleston, W. Va., recorded 61 tackles, including 25 for loss, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, an interception and defensive touchdown over his senior season at Capital High School.
Instone, who is from Johnstown, Pa., led Richland High School to the PIAA District 6 Championship and received LHAC All-Conference honors this past fall. The District 6 Defensive Player of the Year award finalist logged 61 tackles and six sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Manzyk, who is from Langhorne, Pa., ran for 556 yards and 14 touchdowns for Neshaminy High School and also finished as the team’s leader in total tackles (78) this past fall.
Mead was Southeastern Pennsylvania’s leading rusher this past season, logging 1,653 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 190 carriers for Upper Moreland High, which is located in his hometown of Willow Grove, Pa. Defensively, he registered 30 tackles, broke up eight passes, forced two fumbles and had an interception.
Poirier was named both the 2018 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and the Ocean State’s Lineman of the Year. He helped North Kingstown win two straight state championships and recorded 61 tackles (29 for loss) and nine sacks as a senior.
Seide, who is from Everett, Mass., helped Everett finish 9-1 this year, rushing for 11 touchdowns and more than 800 yards.
Stansbury, who is from Edison, N.J., led his home state in interceptions (nine) and also tallied 48 solo tackles, five pass breakups and 14 passes defended for Edison High.
UNH went 4-7 overall and 3-5 in CAA play this past fall, missing the NCAA playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons.
“I am excited about the quality and character of the student-athletes we have signed in this early period,” 20th-year Wildcats coach Sean McDonnell said in a statement. “What jumps out to me is the versatility and athleticism these nine kids have. They give us a solid foundation for our overall 2019 recruiting class.”