EAST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School standouts: Danielo Francois (defensive back), who will be attending William Patterson University; Ryan McShane (shp-punter) who plans to attend Bucknell University; Eric Oden (quarterback), who is off to Muhlenberg College this fall; Jarod Vyent (wide receiver), who will be going to Fordham University; Shaquille Grosvenor (defensive lineman), who will be attending Garden City College in the fall; Javon Mason (WR), who will be attending Southern Ct.; Seton Hall Prep's Michael Blank (DB), who will be attending Muhlenberg in the fall, have been been tapped to play in the 22nd Annual Paul Robeson High School All-Star Football Classic (PRC), an event which is set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on June 9, at Robeson Stadium in East Orange.
"Having been involved with this game for the past 15 years, this marks the first time that I have been a member of the East (the past 14 years I served as the General Manager for the West)," said West Orange High School Head Football Coach James M Matsakis. "It is an honor being selected to serve as the head coach for the East squad and having the pleasure to work with outstanding young student athletes that will be playing their last game as a high school football players."
"All players have had an outstanding week of practice and will represent the East Tuesday night in excellent fashion being able to showcase their talent on the field," he added. "Watching young men that have played as fierce opponents for the past four years come together one last time, is the most rewarding part of any all-star game. And seeing how well all of these kids have been prepared and coached is a tribute to all of their schools and coaches. I am certain that every player from the West Orange area will have an impact on the outcome of the game and hope that they can enjoy the moment, while attempting to bring home another victory for the East Squad."
The PRC is an East vs. West all-star skirmish, which pits an East contingent of players from Essex County and the southeastern/urban Passaic County area against a West squad of players from the rest of Passaic, along with Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren.
The PRC is named after the legendary Paul Robeson, a Princeton-born, Rutgers College valedictorian and All-America gridder who went on to become a Columbia Law School grad, an NFL standout, a world-renowned multiple-sport athlete and opera singer and actor, as well as a prominent civil rights leader.
James Caldwell High coach Ken Trimmer is the East's GM and the only grid mentor who has been involved in all 21 previous Robeson tussles. West Orange Head Coach Jim Matsakis is one of the game's administrators.