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Junior athlete getting looks in New Hampshire

When scouring the Northeast for football talent, college coaches haven't made a lot of stops through New Hampshire in recent years. That could change, however, with New Hampton Prep junior athlete Jake Kiley.

Kiley could play a number of positions at the next level.

The multitalented athlete had a standout sophomore season, and is putting up big numbers as a quarterback and cornerback for the Huskies.

"Right now we're 5-1, we started out undefeated and we lost last weekend 27-20 in a tough game. Other than that everything is going good," he said. "They take the best teams in Prep School football in New England, and then they just take the two teams that they think are the best and match them up. If they think we're the best, they'll probably match us up with maybe Lawrence Academy.

"I'm doing all right, so far I have eight rushing touchdowns and nine passing touchdowns. I have about 450 rushing yards, about seven yards a carry, and about 450 passing yards. At cornerback I have one interception and 30 tackles so far. Last year I didn't have as many tackles, but I had seven interceptions."

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound athlete is getting looks as an athlete on both sides of the ball from several schools. Two schools are recruiting him the hardest at this point.

"I would say the top two schools I've been talking to the most are definitely UConn and Penn State," he said. "They're basically telling me to keep my grades up, keep working hard, and everything will take care of itself. Also BC would be up there, I talk to them a lot too.

"I get letters from a lot of schools, but some are just the stuff that a lot of kids get. I have gotten a lot of mail from UCLA and Stanford. They've kind of just explained to me what their programs are about. I don't really have a favorite so far, I just want to go to a school that has good academics as well as good athletics."

Last summer, Kiley attended camps at Boston College and Connecticut, and he got a chance to return to Storrs this past weekend.

"I went to the West Virginia-UConn game last weekend," he said. "I had dinner with the coaches and went on the field and in the locker room and stuff, so that was pretty cool. Other than that, I'm going the BC junior day and I'm going to Penn State later this month when they play Michigan State."

The Nittany Lions have been in touch with Kiley's father this fall.

"My dad is the head coach of my football team, so most of the coaches just talk to him," he said. "There's a kid on our team who is from Pennsylvania, and he's been talking about the program and about getting down there for a visit or whatnot.

"I really like Penn State. Just the thought of playing in front of that many people, I think that would be great."

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