Raeden Oliver

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Early Life and Education

Raeden Oliver, a senior quarterback from East Orange Campus High School in New Jersey, made headlines this weekend by throwing two touchdown passes during the 41st Phil Simms North/South All-Star Football Classic at Kean University. The game featured the best graduating seniors from each of New Jersey’s four regions; Oliver will attend Rutgers as an invited walk-on next fall after leading East Orange Campus High School Jaguars to an 13-0 record and North 1, Group 5 sectional title win under his leadership.

Shiloh Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has taught Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Montessori schools, living with her husband Sean and daughter Raden in Tulsa with them both. They believe education plays an integral role in social change.

Professional Career

Oliver scored two touchdown passes during the North’s 21-16 win against the South at Kean University’s 41st Phil Simms New Jersey North/South All-Star Football Classic on Sunday. Oliver, from East Orange Campus High School in East Orange and set to attend Rutgers as a preferred walk-on next fall, also ran for two touchdowns during this matchup.

Oliver was instrumental in orchestrating a 13-0 Jaguars campaign that culminated with them claiming state North 1, Group 5 championship game victory. His work with tough running back Damon Phillips and elegant wide receiver Joshua Richards propelled their team.

Kyle Louis provided a boost for the defense with 11 tackles (three for losses) and plenty of energy.

Achievement and Honors

Last fall, he helped East Orange win the North Jersey Section 1, Group 5 playoff championship. With an outstanding arm, strong decision making ability and impressive mobility – not to mention being part of the National Honor Society with a 4.45 weighted GPA! – he helped East Orange claim this achievement.

Oliver amassed 1,728 yards and 21 touchdowns last season while leading his Jaguars to an unblemished 13-0 season and regional crown. Oliver’s highlight performance came when Clifton defeated Clifton 30-24 in triple overtime at Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium for a 30-24 triple overtime victory he led them to last December in Phil Simms New Jersey North/South All-Star football Classic at Rutgers.

Oliver connected with junior Joshua Richards on a 4-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and complete an extraordinary comeback that began with an 11-play, 79-yard scoring drive that lasted over six minutes.

Personal Life

As Rae Oliver of East Orange Campus High School football and his son, quarterback Ahmad Nalls of Montclair High School celebrated winning the 2021 state North Jersey, Group 5, regional championship game together, it was clear they felt an incredible sense of euphoria. Essex County experienced its first 10-point comeback ever in any championship game and this victory even more poignant after Nalls recovered a fumble and ran 100 yards for triple overtime’s winning score.

East Orange players, led by senior quarterback Raeden Oliver — previously a drummer in the marching band and two-way lineman before transitioning to quarterback — felt proudly affirmed by this outcome. Oliver made history when he connected on two touchdown passes: first to Joshua Richards for 4-yard score with 19 seconds left in regulation forcing overtime; then in extra period two connected again on 14-yard score from Raeden Oliver!

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