Recruiters like what they see in New Hampton's Kiley
Editor's Note: This story also appeared on ESPN.com.
The talent pool in New Hampshire is shallow when it comes to Division I football players, but college recruiters have found something they like in New Hampton.
His name is Jake Kiley and he may be the best junior prospect in the state. Kiley plays both quarterback and defensive back for New Hampton, but is being recruited primarily as a DB. He has taken unofficial visits to Connecticut and Penn State, and has been invited to Boston College's Junior Day this spring.
Kiley guided New Hampton to a 7-2 record this season and was named the Evergreen League's Most Valuable Player.
"[BC assistant coach] Sean Devine said if he had an outstanding junior year they'd probably offer him," said Kiley's father, Ed, who is also New Hampton's head coach. "I just got a call from Syracuse. They're starting to get in the mix now.
"Schools like him as a defensive back or as a wide receiver. They like his frame. He's a lanky kid and he could grow to be 6-4. They like height at corner, and they're going to put some weight on him."
Kiley, who won't turn 17 until February, also plays basketball for New Hampton. He also hears regularly from UCLA and Stanford, as well as the following FCS schools: New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Villanova, James Madison and Richmond.
"One of the Maine coaches told me they know they don't have much of a chance, but they'd love to have him," Ed Kiley said. 'He has good hands, pretty quick feet and he can break on balls. Some 1-AA schools like him as a quarterback, but he knows he's probably going to be a DB. He's going to be recruited as an athlete."
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