Sean Binckes did some growing up during the recruiting process.
The Xaverian tight end dreamed of playing Division I football and did have some interest, but Binckes knew it was more important to go where he felt most comfortable and that was C.W. Post.
“At first I was stuck on that D-I thing,” Binckes said. “When I finally went to Post, it really had everything from academics to athletics. Hanging out with the team was awesome.”
Binckes made it official Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at the Bay Ridge school. He joins city standouts Keith Mittenzwei (Monsignor Farrell), Shane Hubbard (John Adams), Dylin Lewis (Poly Prep) and Keyon Barnwell and Kareem Folkes from Lincoln in the Pioneers recruiting class.
“It’s great to finally get that scholarship and get to somewhere where I really liked everything about it,” Binckes said. “I guess I matured throughout the whole process.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Binckes had 16 receptions for 288 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, helping lead Xaverian to the CHSFL Class AAA semifinals where the Clippers lost an overtime heartbreaker at Archbishop Stepinac.
Binckes, a second team All-City selection by MSG Varsity, chose C.W. Post over Sacred Heart, Marist and Maine.
“It was a matter of realizing where I wanted to play,” Binckes said. “Am I going to play for the D-I label and then possibly sit on the bench? With Post, I’m going to get a shot early and the coaches are going to get the best out of me.”
Five for signing
National Signing Day is always a big day at Poly Prep and that was no different on Wednesday morning as five Blue Devils participated in a ceremony at the Bay Ridge school.
Malik Rodriguez (Ohio University), Kevin Gebon (Bryant), Dylin Lewis (C.W. Post), Mike Castellana (Trinity) and Akene Farmer-Michos (Tuffs) all will get the chance to play college football.
“All my hard work is paying off,” Gebon said. “Everyone here’s hard work is paying off.”
Rodriguez, who was named to MSG Varsity’s All-Metro Secondary Watch List, is also a standout receiver.
“I met all the coaches, I’m real comfortable with them,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like with them I can continue to progress as a receiver.”
All in the family
It’s not always good to be called a follower, but in Kenny Acquah’s case it’s pretty sweet.
Having already followed big brother Gary to Mount St. Michael, Kenny Acquah will again join his sibling at Holy Cross, signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon at The Bronx school.
Acquah, an MSG Varsity second-team All-City linebacker, went both ways at Mount, also starring at fullback. But he’ll join Gary, a sophomore defensive lineman, on the defensive side of the ball, recruited as a linebacker.
“It’s always a dream I had to play football at a high level of competition,” said Kenny Acquah, who chose Holy Cross over Lehigh and Bryant. “It’s something that really is exciting to me right now.”
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