Former Brighton High football and basketball player Prince Unaegbu will attend Bridgton Academy prep school in North Bridgton, Maine, this fall in hopes of earning a Division 1 football scholarship to UMass-Amherst.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound tight end and defensive end was also a two-year starter for the Bengals' basketball team, which won the city and state championships last season.
“A prep school would help me reach my goals academic-wise.” Unaegbu said during a recent telephone interview. “It is also an all-boys school located in the middle of nowhere. I get to spend the whole year there so I'll focus on my school and whatever else I have to do.
“Work out all year, and study all year.”
In nine games, Unaegbu had 99 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and 52 solo tackles. He also had seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
“Prince was a dominant defensive end and a great blocking tight end,” Brighton football coach Randolph Abraham wrote in an email. "Most teams avoided running outside to his edge, as he was unblockable.”
Even though the Bengals didn’t win the football city championship, Unaegbu believes it was a good season.
“Last year at Brighton I'll say was pretty good,” he said. "Even though we didn't make it to our goal, I'll say I had a very good season.”
Unaegbu credits his coaches for his success.
“They helped me realize my potential, like in practice when they would make me work 10 times harder than the other people on the team.” Unaegbu said.
Abraham wishes good things for his former star.
“Prince is the best person I have ever coached and I am extremely proud of him,” Abraham said. “He has great character and ability and will be going far in life.”
Dennis Membah is a Brighton High senior who writes for Teens in Print.
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