NEWARK, NJ - Nine Newark Public Schools students signed on to college teams with full rides, amassing $1.3 million total in scholarships. 

Eight football players from Malcolm X Shabazz, Barringer and West Side high schools made the commitment on National Signing Day last week. One student from Barringer High School signed on to run track and field.

Superintendent Roger León said he was proud and expects even more students in the future to receive scholarships for athletics and academics.

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“These students are on track to complete their studies, graduate, and participate in college sports with a full scholarship,” León said in a statement. “I have every confidence that each of these young men will excel in school and in sports and make Newark very proud of them.”

At Malcolm X Shabazz, Byron Whitehead and Khaleem Lawson signed to attend Highlands University in New Mexico; Marquis Concepcion will attend American International College in Massachusetts, and Michael Bright, Jr. will attend Long Island University/Post.

West Side students Darius Gooden will attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Prince Okituama will go to Kent State University in Ohio.

From Barringer High School were Zamar Wise, who will also attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Angel Carrion, who will attend Washburn University in Kansas. Fiyin Amori, a senior at Barringer, will attend Monmouth University with a full track and field scholarship.

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