- Last Updated: 1:44 PM, June 19, 2012
- Posted: 12:15 AM, June 19, 2012
Jeremiah Obeng Agyapong had just finished his freshman year of high school at DeWitt Clinton. Instead of hitting the beach or taking a vacation, one of his first decisions with his free time was to head to Hempstead, L.I.
This wasn’t for a special party or to meet a girl – it was for the Empire Challenge to watch his older brother, Stephen, a safety then for the New York City team.
“I was just in awe,” he said, recalling that night when Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium was at capacity, television cameras and photographers lining each sideline.
Obeng spent the evening cheering on his brother, but he always imagined what it would be like to be part of the game himself one day.
He’ll find out Tuesday night, in what may be his last organized football game.
“It’s an honor just to be in this game,” the 17-year-old Bronx native said. “I’m going to be ecstatic, I’m going to be jubilant when I get on the field but at the same time I’m go be focused and control. It’s my last high school football game, I have to show people who I am.”
Obeng wasn’t sure if he would have such an opportunity, even after leading Clinton to the PSAL City Championship division semifinals for the first time in over 20 years and racking up eight touchdowns on offense and 567 yards rushing, three interceptions and 41 tackles on defense. In December, at the All-City dinner at New Utrecht, his dream was realized when his name was announced for the game and film put on a big screen projector.
“I couldn’t believe it, to be honest,” he said.
The standout defensive back is headed to Albany on a full ride for track & field, not football, though there is a slim chance he may get the opportunity to play both at some point.
Obeng arrived at Clinton intending to solely play football. At one point during his freshman year, coach Howard Langley recommend he try track, as a way to stay in shape and improve his speed. Little did he know the sport would come so natural to him.
He was a city champion this year in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles and
“He’s the best all-around kid I’ve had,” Langley said. “He’s the perfect example of what we want a Clinton [student-athlete] to be. He’s All-City in two sports and character-wise he’s flawless, he’s a hard worker, good student. He just did everything we asked.”
Football, however, is still his true love, the sport he grew up playing. For that reason, Tuesday night has special meaning. It’s merely an all-star game to others who will continue with it in college, a final high school game; to Obeng, it may be a farewell.
“I’m going to play every play like it’s my last play,” he said. ‘I plan to leave the field with no regrets.”Follow @NYPostsports