Miles Osei, Prospect's versatile quarterback, is my choice as the front-runner for Player of the Year recognition in the Chicago area.
This is the Year of the Quarterback in Illinois. Wheaton North's Taylor Graham is committed to Ohio State. Downers Grove South's Chandler Whitmer is going to Illinois. Lake Forest's Tommy Rees is bound for Notre Dame. And don't forget John Whitelaw, Brandon Pechloff, Tyler Warden, Tyler Benz, Jim Garoppolo, DaRon Brown and Mike Perish.
But I've seen Osei in action and I think he has an edge at the moment. The 6-2, 194-pounder is more effective and more productive than any other others. He is a high school version of Michigan freshman sensation Tate Forcier.
Osei can run and throw. He is a one-man show. He makes all the right moves. He has been offered by Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Tulane and Ball State. But I believe he is being overlooked by big-time programs. He is, in my view, Big 10 material. He is one of the top 100 players in the nation.
Remember, North Chicago's Michael Turner had no big-time offers before landing at NIU. Wheaton North's Chuck Long was a last-minute choice by Iowa. And Maine South's Charlie Goro was unappreciated last season, finally choosing Vanderbilt when no other big-time offers were extended.
Osei has what it takes. As a junior, he passed for 2,328 yards and rushed for 1,237 while accounting for 40 touchdowns. How's that for production? In his first three games this season, he passed for more than 700 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for four touchdowns for a team that is averaging 43 points per game.
In Thursday's 39-37 victory over Barrington, Osei passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns.