Class of 2013
Caledonia Defense: five seniors
Despite playing in the toughest league in the Lake’s coverage area, the O-K White, Caledonia is playoff-bound at 6-2 heading into Friday’s game at East Grand Rapids. Much of that success can be contributed to the Scots’ defense. While they have yet to toss a shutout, they’ve held four teams to just a touchdown, and last week held Lowell to 14 points, the Red Arrows’ lowest total of the season. On that Caledonia defense there are a number of seniors wit college potential. A prospect we really like is versatile, athletic senior Heath Hoogerhyde, who hwas been getting it done since his sophomore season. He starts at safety and running back, where he can catch out of the backfield or make power runs. But at 6-1, 215 could also project as a fast linebacker at the next level, who is smart in coverage and covers a lot of space, filling gaps or coming around the end.Another playmaker is 6-2, 205 senior Isaac Androsiak, who is also a capable wide receiver. The middle linebacker showed his versatility in the Lowell game, when he had an interception then later blitzed to force a QB fumble. His speed and athleticism are Androsiak’s calling card — he can catch and put a licking on receivers –but he’s strong enough to get in there and take on linemen when he has to. 6-2, 205 senior Tanner Ellens isn’t as quick as Hoogerhyde or Androsiak, but he showed against Lowell he can contribute in different ways himself, with a sack and returning a pick for a TD. Up front, at right defensive tackle, senior Adam Walma has the physical tools at 6-4, 220 with a 4.9 40. You have to stay on him for the play’s duration, because he has a motor and makes plays on second and third efforts. He’s also a starting tight end, where Walma serves mostly as a blocker, and Caledonia’s punter. 5-9, 165 senior Justin Krueger is Caledonia’s top cover man, and also provides a speed option out of the offensive backfield.
Jake Bull 6-7 225 Sr DL/TE Hudsonville
At 2-6, Hudsonville is about to close the book on its worst season in 15 years. But amidst the struggles, one bright spot has been the play of Bull. Of senior tight ends in the Lake Michigan area, Bull may have the best combination of size/athleticism/blocking/receiving. While he doesn’t have the swivel to be much of a yac guy, Bull is quick off the line and a big, reliable target. Defensively, Bull lines up at left end. He’s a physical presence pressuring the quarterback, and can use his size to tip balls.
Houston Glass 6-1 190 Sr DB East Kentwood
Like Hudsy, EK is another O-K Red school that has fallen on hard times despite a D1 senior, in this case Glass, who has committed to Buffalo. He’s a third-year starter with good if not elite speed for the position — 4.55 40 yards, 10.9 100 meters. This season for the 3-5 (1-3 league) Falcons, Glass is their leading rusher with 80 carries for 393 yards and six TDs and also has caught two TDs.
Adam Vosburg 6-2 185 Sr RB Gobles
Vosburg is one of those players who can be tough for college coaches to project because of his level of competition. There’s no denying his high school production. He’s run 150 times for 1,184 yards and 22 TDs. As a junior he ran for 1,459 yards and 24 TDs. Vosburg’s the proverbial “man amongst boys” at the small school level, with reported 4.5 speed and the legs that made him all-state in the high jump, with a pr of 6-4. He’s terrific between tackles, as he’s hard to wrap because of his strength and hip action, and often delivers hits harder than those he’s receiving. He also plays defensive end for Gobles, and could project to linebacker or safety.
Class of 2014
Jake Swander 5-11 170 Jr QB Grayling
Swander is living the dream. Grayling goes into Friday’s Game of the Week at Boyne City undefeated and playing for the Lake Michigan Conference title. He’s quarterbacking for the school where he was once a ballboy, and now will leave as a record setter. In his first season, he’s completed 136-of-256 passes for 2,402 yards and 20 TDs to four interceptions. As a shorter quarterback who keeps his feet and can make all the throws in a QB friendly offense, Swander resembles –stylistically– Drew Brees. And as he’s doing it left-handed (again, in manner of play) gives kind of a Tyler Palko look. Playing out of a spread shotgun, Swander benefits from good protection, and can also throw on the move both with momentum and against his body. He has a real nice looking ball, and can mix up velocity and placement depending on the circumstances.