Two days after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Merrimack senior Wide Receiver Isaiah Voegeli signed a rookie contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 29th. Voegeli is the fourth player in Merrimack history to sign any type of NFL contract, all of which have come in the last two seasons.
Voegeli was a preseason first team Division 2 All-American for the Warriors this season, and followed up on the expectations with a consensus All-American season last fall, as he broke multiple Northeast-10 Conference records as well as almost every Merrimack College receiving record.
Voegeli leaves Merrimack as the school’s all-time leader in multiple receiving categories including catches (211) and yards (3,554) and ranks second all-time with 34 touchdown receptions.
His senior season was one to remember as well, as he was named an All-American and NE-10 Most Valuable Player after leading the nation in receptions (10.8) and yards (150.0) per game. His 108 catches this season was an NE-10 record, as was his 269 yard game against St. Anselm.
He finished the season with 108 catches for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games for the Warriors. His 1,500 receiving yards was second most in conference history, and his 14 receiving touchdowns were the most in program history. Voegeli also broke the 100 yard plateau in seven of 10 games as a senior hauled in a career-high 17 catches in a game against Pace.
In a statement to Merrimack Athletics, Voegeli said:
“I am still speechless. All I can say is to God be the glory. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I can’t thank head coach Dan Curran enough for his help and guidance and preparation to get me to this point. This is a dream come true that I’ve dreamt about since I was 7, to just have a shot and I’ve been blessed this opportunity”
New Merrimack head coach Dan Curran, who had been an assistant for the team and worked specifically with Voegeli and the team’s receivers, was recruited by Eagles coach Dan Curran when Curran was at the University of New Hampshire.
If you ever get the chance to meet Voegeli, sit down and have a conversation with him. The 6-foot (barely) receiver may be the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. Incredibly well spoken and composed, Voegeli even participated in the Merrimack Theatre group, Onstagers, in his spare time, as well as working for the college’s physical plant and volunteering at Lazarus House, a Lawrence, MA shelter. Isaiah is just someone you want to be around. Personally, I don’t think it could happen to a better kid. Congrats, Isaiah.