2013-04-25 / Sports

Canarsie Two-Way Football Standout Earns Scholarship To ASA College

Text and photo by Jerry Del Priore

Donchervel Smith signs on wiith ASA College as Coach Kyle Allen provides guidance. Donchervel Smith signs on wiith ASA College as Coach Kyle Allen provides guidance. When Kyle Allen was named Canarsie’s new head coach for the 2012 season in June, succeeding longtime coach Mike Camardese, he assured student Donchervel Smith and his father that he would help find a college football scholarship for him.

Last month, Coach Allen took that promise to fruition, as Smith signed with ASACollege, a junior college in downtown Brooklyn that has an up-and-coming football program.

“When I took the program over, that was one of the promises that I made to him and his father,” Allen said. “I told them I’d make sure I follow through and do everything in my power to see that he got a scholarship, because he’s a heck of an athlete.”

Hampered by injuries, Smith played sparingly in his senior year, but did manage to register 50 tackles, according to Canarsie’s PSAL stats.

#24 Donchervel Smith 
Photo by Phil Robinson #24 Donchervel Smith Photo by Phil Robinson Now healthy, Smith says he’s ready to showcase his skills at the next level and play for a winning program that went 9-0 in the regular season, played in a junior college bowl game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and was ranked fifth in the nation in the Junior College Athletic Association poll.

In addition, ASAhas produced more than two dozen student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to play at Division I schools in the fall.

Realizing the potential for opportunity and the belief Allen — and his family — had in him, the 5-foot-10 hulking fullback/middle linebacker stepped up his efforts in the weight room and the classroom. Focused and committed to his aspiration, Smith hopes to join the ranks of the aforementioned group when all is said and done.

“What caught my eye is that ASA was undefeated, they went all the way to the championship and produced 16 division I players,” he said. “Off season, I kept working hard. My coach kept faith in me. He was contacting a lot of coaches all over the country. So then when I saw he was doing his part, it motivated me to work harder. And my family, they supported me, so everybody was behind me. Now, I’m willing to work harder to get to the next level— Division I.”

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