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A visit to Oak Park High School
Land of 10 took a trip to Oak Park (Mich.) High School on Friday morning to visit with multiple recruits and future prospects.
What was most intriguing was our visit with Greg Carter, the coach of the Knights. He shed light on multiple things that readers will find interesting.
Here are our three takeaways from the trip to Oak Park:
Ja’Raymond Hall is a ‘flashy’ offensive lineman, but one Greg Carter continues to hear good things about
Michigan early-enrollee offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall is a freshman who played his high school ball at Oak Park.
A member of Michigan’s 2017 class, Hall was a low 4-star prospect in high school who didn’t have the expectations of other signees, such as Chuck Filiaga, a top-100 tackle from Texas.
Nonetheless, we asked Carter what he thought about Hall’s time so far at Michigan. We’ve heard multiple great things about Hall’s performance so far in Ann Arbor, and Carter’s perspective stuck with that narrative.
“We’ve heard he’s been doing really well,” Carter said. “You can tell he has gotten a lot stronger.
“He’s flashy, calls himself ‘Hollywood,’ ” he said of Hall with a laugh.
Marquan McCall wasn’t being recruited by Michigan, sparking his interest in Kentucky
We told the story of Marquan McCall’s commitment to Kentucky earlier Friday.
The 4-star offensive guard committed to the Wildcats in May, surprising many recruiting junkies. The No. 4 guard in the country was expected to stay in Michigan.
A big reason we went to Oak Park was to get answers from McCall.
So, why did he commit to Kentucky?
Michigan was his top school but then suddenly stopped recruiting him. The same happened with Michigan State. Both schools, more or less, cut off communication.
That left McCall with plenty of daily communication from Kentucky. He has a good relationship with the Wildcats staff. And he went on multiple visits. The third one came and that’s when he decided he was going to commit.
He said Kentucky “showed him the most love,” so why wouldn’t he commit?
He hasn’t heard from the Wolverines or Spartans since his commitment. And he doesn’t expect to.
Oak Park’s 2019 class will be special, thanks to its coach
Oak Park isn’t known for having the best talent in the state. That’s usually Detroit Cass Tech, Detroit King or even Brother Rice.
But when the Class of 2019 rolls around next year, a hot name in recruiting will be the Knights.
Oak Park 2019 sophomore quarterback Dwan Mathis already is committed to Iowa State of the Big 12.
An athlete who plays running back and defensive back – Torriano Richardson – already has a Division I offer from Miami (Ohio).
Oak Park 2019 DB/RB Torriano Richardson was offered by Miami, Ohio, his 1st offer https://t.co/Z7w1QUiBQi
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) May 27, 2016
Another quarterback from the 2019 class – Corey Graham – has garnered attention from MAC schools without even starting.
The list goes on.
Coach Carter has done a phenomenal job in all of his stops. He coached Devin Gardner at Inkster among numerous Division I athletes. He noted that some are coaching now, including his son, who is with him at Oak Park.
A former minor league baseball player, Carter has an interesting story, and his beliefs resonate well with his players.
Among the multiple players we spoke with, all had the same answer when asked what Carter has taught them the most.
“Always give 100 percent. Never stop working.”