2012-02-10 / Sports

Beach Channel Star Finds Perfect Fit At New Haven

By Elio Velez

At right: Beach Channel/Channel view wide receiver Henry Adegunle makes a leaping touchdown catch over two Madison defenders. Photo by William Thomas. At right: Beach Channel/Channel view wide receiver Henry Adegunle makes a leaping touchdown catch over two Madison defenders. Photo by William Thomas. The last few months for Beach Channel/Channel View wide receiver Henry Adegunle have been difficult to say the least.

The senior has gone through the process of researching schools, talking to football coaches, and getting the paperwork done to settle on what he will do for the next for years.

Adegunle made a decision on National Signing Day on February 1 to sign a letter of intent to play at the University of New Haven.

The 6-3 wide receiver made a big splash for the Dolphins this season and his size and good hands led Beach Channel to the playoffs. He made 29 catches for 526 yards and scored seven touchdowns. The decision was also a sigh of relief for Adegunle, who had received previous interest from the University of Connecticut, Fordham, Stony Brook and other schools.

While New Haven may just be a Division II school, the Chargers are a strong program that finished eighth in the country with an 11-2 record and made it to the NCAA D2 quarterfinal playoffs.

“I visited them at the end of January I really liked it. They showed a lot of interest in me. I’m thinking I’m going to be a perfect fit for them,” Adegunle said. “They’re top 8 in the country and when I heard that, I said alright, I can deal.”

Adegunle is a solid student who currently has an 87 grade point average and recorded a high of 1620 in the SATs.

Adegunle finally settled down on New Haven a few hours before signing his letter of intent. What also attracted the Beach Channel star was the close proximity to home. New haven is just a few hours away via rail or car.

Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario had forwarded his wide receiver’s highlight films to a dozen schools. Nazario told the New Haven coaching staff that Adegunle’s hard work ethic and playmaking ability were just some of the positives that could vitally help their program.

“Once they saw his highlights, they loved him. They said they were losing 3 or 4 receivers so he fits the mold of the type of receiver they are looking for,” Nazario said.

It’s a huge boost for the Beach Channel that Adegunle signed with a prestigious college program. Former player Dominique Wharton is a starting left guard entering his senior year at Division I Bowling Green. And the hope is more players like Adegunle will get attention in the next few years as Beach Channel elevates from the Bowl to the PSAL’s Championship Division starting this fall.

:As a individual he’s been great and to watch him grow and mature as a player has been a pleasur,” Nazario said. “I saw him from a scrawny JV kid and didn’t know what position he’s going playing to getting a full ride. There’s nothing negative to say about him. Hess a great person and has a great work ethic. There’s so many positives.”

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