Scouting: Oak Park vs Southfield

Several college coaches were in attendance for Southfield and Oak Park's Friday evening clash. The rain and wet conditions made moving the ball tough, but the Blue Jays scored a 20-12 victory. was on hand and had an opportunity to see the college prospects on both sides.


Michigan commit Lawrence Marshall continued what has been a big start to his senior season. He was active and disruptive and made a number of plays in the backfield. He's an athletic kid who plays with a motor and has the speed to track down plays in space.
His line mate, top 50 national prospect Malik McDowell had a relatively quiet day, but did draw some double teams and his penetration affected a number of plays. He chased down a couple run plays from the backside, showing impressive mobility for a kid who is 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds.

Bowling Green commit Jalen Brady did not put it in the air much because of the rainy conditions, but did show toughness as a runner and managed the game. He threw a key touchdown before the half. He's not a big kid, but he has good intangibles and arm talent. Western Michigan commit Chukwuma Okorafor is a kid with great tools at offensive tackle. He's still learning the game, but has the potential to be a future starter for the Broncos. Wide receiver Jordan Billingslea, a speedy slot guy, was also limited by the weather. Also a future Bronco, he's quick and sure-handed, but undersized.

The Blue Jays have a number of underclassmen to watch. Sophomore safety Dior Johnson is big and physical. Junior linebacker Jordan Cry is a strong kid who is not afraid of contact.

Senior linebacker Carterris Carter is active and has a nose for the football. Senior receiver Devonte Alfred caught a touchdown and has good size. Highly touted junior cornerback and receiver Ray Buford did not play due to injury. Senior defensive linemen Lion King Conway and Chris Williams are both kids who will play in college as well.


Junior running back John Kelly didn't break any big runs, but once again showed us that he's a tough kid who runs hard and will fight for extra yardage. Southfield's defense did a nice job containing him, but he fought his way for several key gains.

Junior linemen Shahid Bellamy and Ricardo Smith are two kids who are being recruited. Bellamy is a little bigger and could play either side of the ball in college.

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