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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Crossing over to the Ivy League — OP’s “Baby Gun” heads to Princeton on the gridiron

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, January 11, 2022, 5:31 pm

Oak Park’s first “Machine Gun,” went on to tear up the ACC and get drafted into the NFL.

The Knights’ “Baby Machine Gun” is taking aim at the Ivy League.

Oak Park senior football star Glennie Cross committed to play his college pigskin at Princeton over the holiday break.

Cross was one of Metro Detroit’s top safeties the past three years and one its most elite scholar athletes (4.0 GPA). He took his Machine Gun nickname from OP alum Johnny Kelly (Cleveland Browns), who ran wild in the backfield at Tennessee in the late 2010s and is now in his fifth season as a pro.

As a junior, Cross helped spark his Oak Park club to an appearance in the D2 final four. His sophomore season, the Knights won the OAA White title. During his senior year, he made 50 tackles and collected three picks in a campaign shortened due to injury. Princeton got the nod for Cross’ services at the next level over a slew of other Ivy League, Patriot League and CFP schools, including Arizona State, Indiana and Syracuse.