College Athletics - What Families Need to Hear

National keynote speaker, Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities will bring his unique, no-nonsense presentation on college athletic recruiting to Nutley High School on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. "It's a Game... Know the Rules" is guaranteed to serve as a reality check for families of student-athletes looking to get their degree and play at the college level. Jack's 45-minute presentation is FREE and open to the public.

Entering his 18th year touring the United States, Jack Renkens has established himself as one of the top athletic/motivational speakers in the nation, presenting at state athletic conferences, football clinics, college financial planning groups, sports camps and high schools from coast to coast. His speaking tour includes over 170 high schools each year, with enrollments from 250 to 2500 students. As a former high school/college coach and athletic director, Jack has written 14 books on the recruiting process.

Jack's message is never sugar-coated. "It may not be what some parents want to hear, but it definitely is what they need to hear. I'm primarily trying to get families to be realistic about the opportunities that are available and to get them to understand it's about getting your education, not about hitting the ball, kicking the ball, or throwing the ball. It's about finding the right match academically."

One of the many realities Jack details are the high expectations of athletes and parents when it comes to having sports pay for a college education. "There are a lot of student-athletes out there and less than 1 percent are going to a Division 1 school," he said. "However you've got 99 percent of kids out there that can play at the college level in divisions other than D1. The key is finding the right school and financial aid package."

"Student-athletes need to come to terms with three basic realities," Jack said.

  • Number one. You don't get to pick the school. They pick you.
  • Number two. A college coach can't recruit you if he/she doesn't know who you are. Student-athletes needed to market themselves.
  • Number three, Don't get hung up on the words "athletic scholarship." Focus on "funding" comprised of academic money, merit money, grants, endowment, and achievement money.

Parents have an opportunity to hear the truth about college athletic recruiting, the role of their high school coach, the impact of today's social media and where parents fit into the process. If your son or daughter is serious about getting a college degree and passionate about the sport they play, this is an event you can't afford to miss.

For more on Renkens' presentation, check the Recruiting Realities web site at To see him in action, search 'Jack Renkens' on

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Voices of Nutley High

Fahim Chowdhury

​From a young age I've always been aware that I was different. As a Bengali-American and a Muslim no less, I lived a life that one would not typically see on T.V. I grew up with a mix of culture from both ends of the world, yet deep down I knew that there was always a divide in my values compared to popular culture. Despite all of this, I have not, in all my fours in Nutley High School, ever felt alienated. In fact, I feel as though within these walls differences of people could be celebrated and accepted. Nutley High has truly been a second home for me. Here I have met the people that have changed how I think, and my overall character. It is going to be hard walking away from NHS in a few months, yet the invaluable lessons I have been given will certainly bring me on the path of success in the future.​​​

Photo Courtesy: Laura Harbison

Nutley Raider Football Season Recap
Together Till the End

By: Lauren Iannini
The Nutley Raider football team started their season off with a bang. Beginning their first two games of the season keeping an eye out for this 2015-16 season.    The score of the first two games against crosstown rival Belleville, 62-12, and Ferris, 64-6, led the Raiders to a total of 128 points within their first two outings.  The following week later led to a win against West Orange, 48-38. After this win, running back and senior captain Craig Merkle set one of several records of the season. He became the all-time leading rusher breaking a record held since 2012 by Matt DelMauro of 2,556 rushing yards .  

The Raiders next set out to play against the Mounties of Montclair.  Montclair had been state champions for the past three years but this season were 0-3 when they faced the Raiders. With an 0-3 record, it appeared the Raiders would have had the upperhand. However, the last time the Raiders had seen a victory against Montclair was 17 years ago.  The Raiders ended up scoring 35 points, the most they have scored against Montclair in 69 years.  Beating Montclair cemented the Raiders as a team to be reckoned with this 2015-16 season. According to senior captain Devin White the game against Montclair, “was a great win, but in the end it was just another win.” The team treated each and every game, the same way, with the same approach.