Keane Belcher 6-3 220 DL Grand Rapids Catholic Central Grand Valley State
Had a breakout senior year for one of the Lake area’s top defenses, with 65 tackles. Good enough to have switched word association to the name Keane Belcher from hoops to football.
Antwan Billings 6-3 270 OL Muskegon Saginaw Valley State
SVSU prioritized then delivered with Billings, a nasty guard who didn’t get beat for a sack during Muskegon’s run to the D2 state final.
Chris Bradford 5-8 165 DB Mona Shores Ferris State
Transferred from Muskegon and had a strong senior season at Mona. Bradford was a speedy dual threat back for Mona Shores whose side may make him a DB/kick returner at the next level.
Jahaan Brown 6-0 180 RB East Grand Rapids Ferris State
He did yeoman’s work with the ball all season long and became the latest all-state caliber back out of East.
Jake Bull 6-6 235 DL/TE Hudsonville Hillsdale
The O-K Red is known for putting out quality ‘bigs,’ and Bull was on top of that food chain this year. All kinds of physical tools and potential for the Chargers.
Zach Crouch 6-5 240 TE Grand Rapids Christian Central Michigan
He wasn’t a focal point of the state’s most explosive offense, but delivered in spots as a receiver showing yac ability, was a solid blocker and also helped on the D line.
Jake Daugherty 6-3 275 OL/DL Big Rapids Ferris State
It’s nice to have a hometown prospect like this, and the Bulldogs are keeping him around. Daugherty’s such a good athlete that he played linebacker for Big Rapids, and for Ferris could end up as an offensive tackle.
Tristan Eickenroth 6-1 210 ATH Ferris State
DHe got all-state votes as a junior running back, but missed much of 2012 with a broken arm. That didn’t affect his wheels though, and the college coaches loved him at The Lake’s uncommitted seniors camp, a big boy who could move. It’s an arms race on the Westside, and Ferris counters Grand Valley State’s Heath Hoogerhyde commitment a similarly versatile, high-end GLIAC prospects.
Hunter Folkertsma 6-6 230 TE Forest Hills Central Bowling Green
Folkertsma will reportedly go down to BGSU as a “grey shirt,” not a bad option for an athlete with lots of physical potential. He’s a good blocker who could get filled out and play tackle.
Jack Ford 6-6 275 OL Cadillac Central Michigan
JYD tackle that helped open things up for one of the most feared running games in the North. Has the potential to fit right in for CMU, a school that for sure knows how to work their linemen.
Tyler Gildersleeve 6-7 280 OL Traverse City Central Michigan Tech
He has the coveted offensive tackle physique. Gildersleeve was a key member of one of the best TC Central team in years.
Houston Glass 6-1 190 DB East Kentwood Buffalo
Like Hudsonville’s Jake Bull previously on this list, Glass was a bright spot for an O-K Red program that had seen better days.
Daniel Green 6-0 290 DL Grand Rapids West Catholic Iowa Western
He was The Lake’s Small School MVP after three years of dominating at nose tackle. Look for Green to resurface as a D1 recruit after two years at this top junior college program.
Bryan Holmes 5-11 175 K Yale
He eased back into it for West Ottawa after a knee injury to maintain his place amongst The Lake’s “big three” kickers along with Dowagiac’s Brett Scanlon and GR Christian’s money maker Joel Schipper.
Heath Hoogerhyde 6-1 215 ATH Caledonia Grand Valley State
Simply one of the best football players in Michigan who did it all for Caledonia as a cover man, tackler and runner. High-end recruit for the Lakers, and a two-for-one deal as Hoogerhyde also plans to play baseball in college.
Jack Jennings 6-2 215 LB Paw Paw Saginaw Valley State
Cornerstone of Paw Paw team that went undefeated in the regular season. Athlete who could conceivably play an H-back on offense.
Nate Jeppesen 6-4 270 OL Portage Central Toledo
It’s the second year in row that Portage Central has produced a D1 lineman. Kyle Knapp is a Syracuse freshman.
Trevor Lutke 6-3 260 OL/DL McBain Northwood
He’s a rare four-year starter for one of the top small-school programs in Northern Michigan. Lutke moves really well right now, and has a future if he continues to do so while packing on the weight.
Brandon Moore 6-4 190 WR Montague Ferris State
One of the best athletes in school history, as a football and basketball player. He played mostly QB as a senior. At one point in his career he was a legit Big 10 target. Ferris State gets another serious weapon, as like Ryheem Stokes, Moore was one of the Lake Michigan area’s most dynamic playmakers. While Stokes does it on the ground, Moore beats you in the air where he can at times be mistaken for Drake Harris (though the Montague kid is actually the better dunker).
Spencer Nehls 6-1 185 ATH Forest Hills Central Hillsdale
Forest Hills Central was probably a Nehls ankle injury away from making the playoffs. When healthy, he’s a threat with his speed as a halfback, receiver or cornerback.
Deven Scott-Stith 6-3 190 WR Grand Rapids Catholic Central Saginaw Valley State
He was part of GR Catholic Central’s amazing defense but will likely start out on the offensive side of the ball at the next level, where coaches love his size at receiver.
Kyle Short 6-3 185 QB Rockford Grand Valley State
Didn’t have big numbers at Rockford other than the one that really matters — Ws.
Collin Schlosser 6-0 215 LB Forest Hills Central Grand Valley State
All-stater is a classic middle linebacker straight out of Gil Thorp. He had topped 100 tackles in two seasons.
Ryheem Stokes 5-10 170 ATH Grand Rapids Catholic Central Ferris State
Dynamic playmaker and The Lake’s No. 1 senior prospect. He should be playing for Rich-Rod in Arizona, a steal for Ferris.
Andon Ware 6-1 175 ATH Baldwin Notre Dame (Ohio)
An all-state running and defensive back who dominated Class D ball, Ware will likely be a receiver or DB in college.
Tyler White 6-5 230 DL/TE Plainwell Illinois
The Illini were the first team to wager White had recovered his explosiveness following a knee injury. Physical specimen who began his career as a running back before outgrowing the position.
Corey Willis 5-10 170 ATH Holland Central Michigan
The best player in Holland High history despite missing his senior season with a knee injury. Willis is a prep QB who will play another position in Mt. Pleasant.
KC Zenner 6-0 190 DB Rockford Ferris State
Last on the list alphabetically, but certainly not in talent. By the time he hits Big Rapids his knee should be 100 percent, making the hard-hitting safety another potential steal for the Bulldogs.