Seven college football programs extended verbal scholarship offers to 6-foot 4-inch, 280-pound Jake Kennedy.
Souhegan High's senior offensive/defensive lineman officially made his decision on Saturday. He selected the University of New Hampshire.
The deciding factor: Kennedy said he felt "a comfort level" with UNH's coaching staff.
"That's not to say I wasn't comfortable with the other schools. But UNH felt right," Kennedy said. "I'm very happy and glad I made my decision."
Widely regarded as NHIAA football's top lineman this season, Kennedy also considered offers from Massachusetts of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Colgate, Fordham, Holy Cross, Maine and Rhode Island of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Kennedy said he attended UNH's home opener Saturday at Cowell Stadium. He watched the Wildcats beat Central Connecticut State, 43-10, and spoke with head coach Sean McDonnell and his assistants.
"That's when it was a done deal," Kennedy said.
Asked if he will red shirt his freshman year, Kennedy said "no discussion on that" has taken place.
"They'll make the right decision. They know what's best," he said. "And I'll follow whatever they decide."
Kennedy isn't the Granite State's first heralded high school lineman of recent memory to choose UNH.
Junior Seamus O'Neill (Manchester Central) is the team's left tackle. OL Jesse Trottier (Pinkerton) and DL Alexander Morrill (Lebanon) are freshman this fall.