2012-03-16 / Sports

Stanley Uses The Tools To Make The Right Choice

By Elio Velez

Calvin Stanley was impressed last month with his visit to American International College, a small private school located in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Stanley, a starting linebacker the last few seasons at Beach Channel/Channel View, signed a football scholarship to play with the NCAA Division II program this fall.

The 6-foot, 235-pound senior was told by head coach Art Wilkins and the football staff that he would have a chance to make a big contribution as a freshman player. AIC plays in the Northeast-10 Conference, a competitive league which includes the University of New Haven, where Dolphins teammate Henry Adegunle committed to attending.

“When the season was over, I spoke to them a month after and the coach came to the school to visit me,” Stanley said.

“They were telling me that if I wanted to be the captain of the football team in my freshman year ... It’s very rare for a freshman to be a captain. The competition is good.”

Stanley was a four year varsity player, who was featured mostly at linebacker. He was a freshman on the Beach Channel team that made the PSAL city championship playoffs as a No. 15 seed and shocked number two seed Curtis 8-0.

The Dolphins linebacker was on the team in his junior season when the team reached the PSAL Bowl finals and lost to Truman in November of 2010. Stanley recorded 63 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on defense in his senior campaign.

“He did a decent job, and he will put in a lot of work. I think he will be a very good player,” said Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario Jr.

“I’m happy we have another kid who is getting a free ride and playing college football. Anytime, from a coaching standpoint, you want to have that opportunity to have one of your players get to the next level.”

The 17-year-old Stanley started at linebacker for most of his high school career, but is open to the AIC coaching staff to put him anywhere that he can be effective.

Stanley is pleased he found a program that has enough young talent to make a concerted run at a division crown the next few years.

“They are hoping to go for a conference championship, and possibly a national championship. We are still a young team and he [Wilkins] said next year we are going to try for a national championship.”

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