Karlon Quiller received a Christmas gift he has waited a year to accept.

After spending a season at Fork Union Military Academy, a prep school in Fork Union, Va., the former all-state, big-play receiver from Scranton, Pa., verbally committed Friday to play at the University of Maine.

“Going to Fork Union was great,” Quiller said. “It was the best decision I have ever made, because it helped me a lot with maturing not only as a player, but as a person.

“I’m very excited about going to Maine. I have been waiting for this for almost 12 months and now things are starting to come together for me.”

Quiller has enrolled at Maine for the second semester, which begins Jan. 9.

In his senior season at Scranton, Quiller turned in a record-setting performance. His speed, leaping ability and acrobatic catches helped lead the Knights to the Lackawanna Football Conference Division I championship in 2012.

He finished his season as The Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year, earned a spot on the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA all-state team and was chosen to play in the Big 33 game.

However, his 54 receptions for 1,360 yards and 20 touchdowns couldn’t overshadow his battles in the classroom, so he withdrew from the Big 33 game and committed to Fork Union, where he eventually worked his way into the starting lineup.

“I learned a lot,” Quiller said. “I needed a lot of work and the first few weeks were tough. There were some really talented athletes there. I learned a college offense and that was the toughest part.

Having also considered Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and the University of Connecticut, Quiller chose Maine, which is a Football Championship Subdivision school that went 10-3 this season, losing in the playoffs to the University of New Hampshire.

“The coaches were so up front with me,” said Quiller, 19, who had 116 receptions for 2,593 yards and 34 touchdowns in his high school career, which included one season at Scranton Prep.

“The other schools that offered me (a spot), there was a question on when they were going to bring me in, where I was going to play. I was most comfortable at Maine.”

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