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February 6, 2014

Central’s Drummond-Mayrie leads UNH recruiting class

DURHAM, N.H. — Central Catholic star D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, who helped lead the Raiders to the Division 1 state title last fall, made his college plans official, signing a letter of intent to play football at the University of New Hampshire on national signing day yesterday.

“D’Andre is a very good safety prospect for us,” said UNH head coach Sean McDonnell in a release. “He has outstanding size and is a very good tackler that has great cover ability. He will add depth at both safety positions for us.”

Drummond-Mayrie, a Lawrence resident, was a starting running back/defensive back for Central last season. He earned Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors at safety, making 81 tackles and knocking down nine passes. He also rushed for 618 yards and 15 touchdowns, including 119 yards and three scores in the Super Bowl victory over Xaverian at Gillette Stadium.

The 6-foot, 207-pounder, who verbally committed to UNH in September, was also named All-Scholastic and All-ESPNBoston.com and was chosen to play in the Shriners All-Star Game. He was also an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in decathlon in track.

Drummond-Mayrie was one of 13 athletes to commit to UNH yesterday.

“We are very excited about the student-athletes who signed,” McDonnell said. “Though it is limited in numbers, the versatility and athleticism of this recruiting class is very impressive.”

The Wildcats also grabbed a trio of New Hampshire players, led by NH Gatorade Player of the Year Trevor Knight. The Nashua South QB threw for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,533 yards and 19 scores. Joining him are linebacker Jared Kuehl of Plymouth High and defensive back Shawn Cavallaro of Hanover.

UNH also brought in players from outside of New England, signing athletes from Florida (RB Trevon Bryant), California (OL/DL Cyrus Boone) and Virginia (LB Jae’Wuan Horton).

Other Mass. recruits include WR/DB Kieran Presley of Amherst and Loomis-Chaffee and Rory Donovan of Canton and Cardinal Spellman.

UNH is coming off an historic 2013 season in which it reached the NCAA Division 1-AA Championship semifinals for the first time in program history. The Wildcats registered a 10-5 record and matched the school’s highest year-end ranking at No. 5 nationally (2005).

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