Were it not for a few key injuries to the starting quarterback and one half of a dynamic running back duo, Tim Hopkins’ Oak Park squad might be preparing for a their playoff opener right now. Even with those key losses, the talented club finished within one game of making the postseason thanks in part to the standout play of RB/DB Joevall Hoseay. The versatile youngster was more of a two-way threat in during his senior campaign because of an honest assessment of what he needed to do to get better.
“I improved a lot,” Hoseay said. “I attribute it to trying to make it big. I knew I had to get faster and stronger, so I stayed in weight room and on the track all winter and all spring. Plus this year I was more humble and more coachable. I listened to my coaches and it raised my game to a higher elevation.”
One glance at Hoseay’s film reveals a prospect that loves contact, but can also flash a bit of elusiveness and big play ability.
“I’m 5-10, 195, and my forty time 4.4 flat,” Hoseay reported. “I’m more like a Bob Sanders/Brian Dawkins/LaDanian Tomlinson. I’ve got a nose for the ball. I love the ball. If I get the ball on defense or offense I’m trying to take it to the endzone.”
Hoseay has seen more attention from colleges come his way over the last few months. No scholarship offers have come his way as of yet, but he hopes that will change in the very near future.
I’m hearing from Michigan, Iowa, Cincinnati, and Michigan State mostly. I’ve been to Michigan and Cincinnati once. All the schools really saying to me is come to their games. They just say they’re looking at me and they the want to talk to me.”
“I want to make a decision as soon as possible because I don’t like the stress,” he continued. “It’s not the first that offers me. I do want to go on visits see what the organization is like and the coaching staff. I want to see my chances at playing too. It really doesn’t matter what position they want me to play. Whatever they what to play me at, I’m dedicated to play anything.”