Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: A good day for Nashua South's Knight
Trevor Knight, the productive quarterback for Nashua South, and his parents took a family road trip on Thursday and made their way to Durham.
The walked into the University of New Hampshire football offices a few minutes early for their 1:30 appointment and soon were chatting it up with head coach Sean McDonnell.
Before too long, Knight offered up the news he had come in person to deliver: He wants to accept the scholarship that had been extended to him early last month; he plans to be a Wildcat, starting in the fall of 2014.
McDonnell liked what he heard.
"He was all happy," Knight said. "It was awesome."
It will be a while, because of NCAA rules, before McDonnell can say anything about his latest recruit.
Knight's scholarship is contingent on being accepted to the school.
"I have to keep up my academics," he said. "As long as I keep them up, I should be OK."
NCAA rules forbid McDonnell from talking about recruits until they sign a national letter of intent to accept a scholarship. The signing period begins the first week of February.
Knight, 6-foot and 180 pounds, chose the UNH offer over those from the University at Albany, which is now in the Colonial Athletic Association with UNH, and the University of Massachusetts. UMass moved up a level to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference for last season.
He made his choice in part because UNH recruited him as a quarterback, as did Albany. UMass wanted him to play on defense as a safety and perhaps as a return guy on special teams.
"I liked the thought of being able to play quarterback and representing my home state school," Knight said. "I don't think I could do much better than that."
Knight, who was recruited primarily by offensive line coach Alex Miller, could have drawn the decision out for months and perhaps entertained other offers.
"If I know what I want to do now, I'd rather get it over with and focus on my high school season," he said. "I think it was good to do now so the coaches aren't waiting. It's a big relief for everyone."
Knight is an equal opportunity producer at Nashua South.
He rushed for 1,180 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and passed for 1,780 yards and 13 scores.
Knight plays for his father, Scott, at South.
"He brings a lot of versatility," the coach said. "He throws the ball very well and more importantly as a quarterback he has great escapability. Obviously, he can run the ball and is very strong in the option game. For a team that runs the spread offense, he has the ability to run different phases of the option depending on who you have back there."
The versatility could play out in other ways, if needed.
"If it didn't work out, he could also play slot receiver or kick returner," Scott Knight said. "It's nice when you have some athletic ability and play that position."
The focus now is all high school.
"I like to take it one game at a time," Trevor said. "We lost in the semifinals two years in a row. I hope we can surpass that. The main goal is to win a state championship, but it's going to take a while and a lot of hard work."
Nashua South lost its last three games last season and finished 6-6.
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THE WILDCATS open the 2013 football season at Central Michigan, which is in the MAC with UMass, on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.
UNH's home game against James Madison on Nov. 9 will be televised by the NBC Sports Network and will start at 12:30 p.m.
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SARAH ALBRECHT, who finished her first year as UNH's head lacrosse coach in the spring, has turned her attention to playing the game in recent weeks.
Albrecht scored six goals and added a pair of assists to help the United States to a 4-0 record in pool play at the 2013 Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
The quarterfinals began on Thursday, the semifinals are Friday and the championship and bronze medal games are on Saturday.
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