Oak Park pulled off something of an upset with a 20-14 victory over East English Village Prep in that school's inaugural game. The Knights put together a late drive, scoring with under a minute to play to grab the victory.
The Knights have a couple of seniors who are sans offers, but only for the moment. Receiver Brian Williams had two touchdowns including the game winner, and has good size at 6'2, 180-lbs. At the least, I see 1-AA and D2 opportunities coming his way. The same goes for track star Malik Washington, a running back who is able to get through small creases and use his speed. He's not big at 5'8, 170, but is a big play waiting to happen.
A trio of sophomores really impressed me. John Kelly, a defensive back and running back, made a name this summer at camps and carried that over to the game. He's a great athlete with good speed, and was willing to come up and hit from his safety spot. On offense, he had a key run to set up the go ahead touchdown.
Two-way lineman Shahid Bellamy has good size for a sophomore at 6'3, 265-lbs. He was active on defense and did a nice job as an offensive tackle. He has the look of a future FBS and potentially BCS guy. He's very talented. At 6'1, 240-lbs, Ricardo Smith is not as big, but he is very active and disruptive. He plays with a motor and was chasing down a lot of plays defensively.
Senior safety Storm Hudson is another 2013 prospect who had a good game and should have some opportunities at the next level.
East English Village Prep
Michigan commit Khalid Hill had a good game. He had a 65-yard catch and run where he showed his speed in out running the Knights secondary after the catch. He's a thick kid with good hands, but the underrated part of his game is his speed, which he also showed on defense in running down a couple plays.
Ball State commit Desmond King had a solid performance. A cornerback prospect in college, he came away with an interception and a couple tackles on defense. On offense, he ran tough and didn't go down on first contact. There is a lot to like about him and he was a good grab for the Cardinals.
Senior defensive tackle Leon Johnson is disruptive and plays with a lot of aggression and attitude. He was constantly in the backfield. His ability to get off the ball and the motor he plays with are impressive. He's undersized, so we'll see where he ends up collegiately, but he'll play somewhere.