ROSELLE, NJ - Eight Abraham Clark High School scholar-athletes signed their letters of intent Wednesday as they prepare to take their high school football playing careers to the next level.

"As these young adults close one chapter in their lives, another opens and it's going to be more exciting on the collegiate level," said Roselle Athletic Director John Schmid. Added Rams football Coach James Williams: "We thank these scholar-athletes for representing Abraham Clark High School in such a positive manner."

The players who signed on Wednesday were: Xavier A. Young, Wagner College; Shaquil T. Jones, Pace University; Junior Jean, Lincoln University; Gerald Hairston III, Lincoln University; Isaiah Douze, William Patterson; Tashaun A. Hutchins, William Patterson; Drew C. Stephens, Virginia Union; and Isiah Byrd, Rutgers-New Brunswick. 

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"These young men represent the support of the community that Roselle provides time and time again," said Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley. "This is the culmination of the people in the Roselle community who have wrapped their arms around these young men to ensure that today was possible.

"Whether it was their teachers, parents, their coaches, or the community at large, we make sure we make the decisions every day to ensure that these young men get a strong public education," Holley added. "Let me tell you, this is a proud day in Roselle, and this is one of the biggest signing days we've ever had. I am so very proud of all of you."

Said Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau: "As many of you know, I'm an educator first, and when people ask me what's right with Roselle, I point to you; here it is. She then issued formal certificates of excellent signed by the mayor and Roselle Borough Council. 

New Roselle Superintendent Dr. Richard Corbett congratulated the students, saying that they will forever represent the district and their community.

"These young men will go out and be ambassadors of Roselle," Dr. Corbett said. "And I know they will make us very, very proud."

Roselle Board of Education President Candi Young anticipated handing them their diplomas in June as they head out into the world, but also as they return to Roselle either to live or to visit. "I've spoken so much about coming back and giving back. Help those who have come behind you and always remember to give to the community that gave to you," she said. 

"You all epitomize what it means to be a scholar-athlete," said Abraham Clark High School Principal Rashon Mickens. "You are role models to our younger students. I'm just so proud to have witnessed your growth and maturity over the years," he said. "This is what it's all about and it brings absolute joy to me.” Additional photos can be found on the Roselle Public Schools Facebook page by clicking here