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Amherst’s Miles Foerster commits to UConn football

  • Amherst Regional junior Miles Foerster, right, runs with the ball while Monument senior Zach Tinker tears off his jersey during a game between Amherst and Monument, Sept. 30, 2016 at Amherst. Foerster, who played quarterback for St. Thomas More last fall, committed as a preferred walk-on to play football at UConn. STAFF FILE PHOTO/ANDREW J. WHITAKER

  • St. Thomas More quarterback Miles Foerster, center, stands with his teammates during a game against Worcester Academy, Oct. 12 at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst. Foerster committed as a preferred walk-on to play football at UConn. STAFF FILE PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 4/22/2019 9:20:34 PM

Regime changes altered Miles Foerster’s options, but the Amherst native will play Division I football.

During his senior football season at St. Thomas More, Foerster held Division I scholarship offers from Bryant and Central Connecticut, and a Division II offer from Saint Anselm. James Perry left Bryant for Brown, and Pete Rossomando resigned from Central Connecticut to become Rutgers’ offensive line coach.

Foerster’s DI offers didn’t transfer to the new coaching staffs. He said had a choice: play Division II football or accept a preferred walk-on offer at UMass, his hometown team, or UConn. A preferred walk-on doesn’t have a scholarship but doesn’t have to go through a tryout to make the roster.

“To go DII after those (offers) got pulled would have been a rough hit for me,” Foerster said. “I believe I can earn a scholarship. I believe I can play at this level because I have to.”

On Saturday, Foerster announced his commitment to UConn on Twitter. Even though he grew up in Amherst and wanted to play for UMass when he was younger, the Huskies were the better option to him.

“The coaches showed me a lot of love. I’ve been to several of their camps. I like the vibe there. They have a great football history,” Foerster said. “They’re going through a rough patch right now, but I believe they’re on the way out of it, and I definitely want to be a part of it.”

Foerster will be one of five quarterbacks on UConn’s roster. Last year’s starter David Pindell graduated, opening a competition for the starting job. Sophomore Marvin Washington and redshirt freshman Steven Krajewski competed for reps in the spring after seeing limited time last year. Graduate transfer Mike Beaudry, freshman Jack Zergiotis and Foerster will join the team when the Huskies reconvene for fall camp.

He would’ve been one of eight in UMass’ quarterback room had he picked the Minutemen.

“Compared to what it was at UMass, (UConn’s) not that crowded,” Foerster said. “I don’t mind competition. I prefer it. Only makes you better.”

Seeking competition has shaped the past two years of Foerster’s life. He played three years at Amherst Regional before transferring to St. Thomas More and reclassifying to the class of 2019. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback won 11 games over his two seasons as the Chancellors’ starter.

“I think it prepared me for this level,” Foerster said.

Despite transferring to St. Thomas More, Foerster kept in touch with former classmates and coaches in Amherst. He worked out with the Hurricanes when he was home and volunteered with them at the Amherst Survival Center over the summer.

“He’s a talent that doesn’t come around often,” said Amherst coach Chris Ehorn Jr., who coached Foerster as a junior. “It’s nice to see him be able to play at that level.”

UConn opens the season Aug. 29 against Wagner in West Hartford. The Huskies travel to Amherst on Oct. 26 to face UMass, where there will be a strong section of Foerster fans whether he plays or not.

“We’re gonna make it a team event. It’s exciting that we’ll be able to see him in our hometown,” Ehorn said. “I’m biased because I’m a big fan of the kid, but I think we’ll see him playing sooner rather than later.”

Loper at Bridgewater State

Former Amherst lineman Tyron Loper will continue his football career at Bridgewater State, Bridgton Academy announced on Twitter on Friday. Loper played a postgraduate season for the Wolverines after four years with the Hurricanes. The Division III Bears went 8-3 last season and won the New England Bowl over Salve Regina.

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