LAWRENCE — After months of weighing an ever-growing list of scholarship offers from Division 1-AA football programs, it simply clicked for Central Catholic star D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie Sunday night.
“I visited UNH one more time with my mother,” said Drummond-Mayrie. “I had seen the football facilities but not the whole school. They took me on the tour, and I already loved the football program, and it just sealed the deal for me.”
Last night, Drummond-Mayrie — a highly regarded defensive back — officially committed to play his college football at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship starting in 2014.
“I’m thrilled,” said the Lawrence resident. “I’m very happy. UNH really didn’t become my favorite until maybe two weeks ago. I really liked the coaches, especially (head coach Sean) McDonnell. I feel like I fit in well with the team and it is close enough to home that my family can watch me play.”
The recruiting process heated up a great deal for Drummond-Mayrie over the summer and into the fall. Along with UNH, he also received offers from 1-AA schools Bryant, Colgate, Lafayette, Villanova and Albany.
“At first, you are wondering if you are going to get any offers,” he said. “Then they start coming in and it feels good. But after a while it starts to get very overwhelming.
“Bryant was the first school to offer me. Then I started to go to a lot of the prospect camps, like Boston College, Villanova and Fordham and more schools contacted me.”
But eventually, UNH emerged as the favorite.
“It just felt right,” he said. “I visited a few practices and loved how coach McDonnell runs practices. He brings a special kind of energy that a lot of coaches don’t bring. I know it’s going to take a lot of work to play at this level, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.”