The Lake Michigan Football Report is excited to announce the first-ever “Prep Football Academy” on Friday, June 26, 2015, at MVP Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids, MI. Aiming to build on the success of its past football camps and events, the Prep Football Academy will offer a unique athletic and educational experience to football student-athletes looking to take their game to the highest level.
Prep Football Academy participants will:
- Enhance their football skill-set through on-field instruction from expert coaches while competing in position-specific drills and one-on-ones.
- Learn from college coaches from all divisions about what it takes to be a successful college football player.
- Prepare for the highest levels of competition on the field, in the classroom, and in their personal lives.
The Prep Football Academy is open to all high school football student-athletes. Click HERE to view all Registration and all camp information. Also, be sure to follow @TheLakeFootball on Twitter for all up-to-the-minute updates on this marquee event!
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The Lake Michigan Football Report’s Northern Michigan Exposure Camp in the past two seasons saw prospects like David Walker (Harbor Springs/Harvard) and Traverse City West’s Jacob Cerny, who has MAC and Illinois offers, show out and begin their ascent to become highly coveted prospects. While there may not have been any singular player with that kind of talent at the 2015 workout in Traverse City, there were numerous future college players competing on Thirlby Field under the eyes and tutelage of GLIAC, MIAA and NAIA coaches.
The highest-ranked player coming in was Cadillac’s versatile two-way junior Michael Holdship. An All-Lake Area D lineman, and standout running back, from the Vikings, he’s probably a Mike linebacker in the GLIAC and trending towards the MAC as Holdship ran 4.62 in the 40 at 6-0, 215. He was part of a strong contingent of Big North linebackers. Traverse City West junior Jack Mikula has an ideal frame at 6-2, 200 and didn’t just run well in the 40, 4.58 seconds, but showed game speed as he was smooth and closed well in pass coverage drills. Petoskey’s 5-11, 194 junior Brent Murray tested very well at the Lake Michigan Football Report Spring Combine in Grand Rapids, and looked good on the field here. The linebacker ran a 4.85 40 while showing the hands to make him a possible fullback at the next level. The Northmen were well-represented as 5-9, 160 defensive back Garrett Lundteigen had a 4.62 40 and 6-1, 240 sophomore Craig Ladd has some potential.
Another standout Big North defender, and just a sophomore, is TC Central defensive back John Pupel. 6-1, 180, he rana 4.68 40 and 4.28 pro agility. His offensive counterpart as a promising 2017 receiver was Kody Burton, a 6-3, 165 sophomore from Bridgeport. Lanky and smooth more than a blazer, but did a good job high-pointing the ball.
The fastest 40-yard dash in TC belonged to Andre Jones, 4.55 seconds. Last fall he and Jon Green gave Reed City one of the Lake Area’s top rushing backfields regardless school size. Jones looks more than equipped to carry a larger load in 2015. In one-on-ones he repeatedly slipped behind defenders to pull in long throws. The top underclassman playmaker was Joshua Atwell, a 5-11, 170 sophomore from Grandville who had the fastest pro shuttle in camp, 4.15 seconds, and ran a 4.65 40. He makes plays as a kick returner, runner and receiver and looks capable of filling Brian Cappiello’s role with the Bulldogs as the finesse big-play complement to big back Nolan Meekhof, a top 10 senior in the Lake Area. The coaches really liked another Grandville sophomore at camp 6-1, 250 lineman Levi Seeley. Another outstanding playmaker was Jacob Mitrak, a 5-10, 186 junior who made the trip from L’anse Creuse North. He was quick in and out of routes and may project best as a slot receiver.
After two overloaded QB classes, there are a dearth of college-tracked signal callers in the Lake Area’s 2016 class. That makes Traverse City St. Francis’ 6-2, 195 junior Joe Coates intriguing. He had the camp’s top time in the pro shuttle, 4.15 seconds. Less surprising than under center is finding a promising young player on the Gladiators’ offensive line, and there is such a candidate in 6-3, 280 sophomore Dominic Hathaway. He looked more comfortable at guard than tackle and was pretty consistent keeping his hands in and getting some punch. He took coaching well and applied it, and perhaps not coincidentally has a near 4.0 gpa.
Onekama’s Jonas LaMont, a 6-2, 190 junior, represented the small school ranks well, as he had the pass rush variety and polish more likely found at a Class A school. Another small school kid who has the goods to do it anywhere, running the ball, is Mancelona’s 5-8, 185 junior Chase Ritchie, who ran 4.69 seconds in the 40 and accelerated well after the catch.
OL Levi Seeley 6-1 250 So Grandville
OL Jacob Lechner 6-3 265 Jr Harbor Springs
OL Dominic Hathaway 6-3 280 So Traverse City St. Francis
OL Cameron Seitsma 6-2 285 Jr Fremont
OL Jacob Cabinaw 6-1 265 Jr Traveerse City Central
QB Tai Allen 5-11 160 So Manistee
RB Andre Jones 5-6 165 Jr Reed City
RB Joshua Atwell 5-11 170 So Grandville
TE Tanner Kruzel 6-0 200 Jr Boyne City
WR Jacob Mitrak 5-10 186 Jr L’anse Creuse North
WR Kody Burton 6-3 185 So Bridgeport
DL Chase Bouscher 5-9 270 Jr Sault Ste. Marie
DL Skyler Dunkley 5-11 255 Jr Traverse City West
DL Nate Lay 6-0 250 Jr Zeeland West
LB Michael Holdship 6-0 215 LB Cadillac
LB Jack Mikula 6-2 200 Jr Traverse City West
LB Jonas LaMont 6-2 190 Jr Onekama
LB Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr Petoskey
LB Alec Trautman 6-1 205 So Elk Rapids
DB John Pupel 6-1 180 So Traverse City Central
DB Jalen Raniga 5-11 170 So Grandville
DB Garrett Lundteigan 5-9 180 Jr Petoskey
DL Christian Boyd 6-3 285 Jr Muskegon Mona Shores MVP
DL Brenden Bott 6-4 255 Jr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
DL Taylor Woodryk 6-1 235 Jr Hudsonville
LB Jamari Booker 6-0 175 Jr East Kentwood
LB Brent Murray 5-11 194 Sr Petoskey
LB Taylor VanDyke 6-3 195 Jr Cedar Springs
LB Ethan Hart 6-0 198 So Hastings
DB Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr Rockford
DB Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So Muskegon Catholic Central
DB Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr Wyoming
DB Luke Bakker 6-0 180 Jr West Ottawa
OL Michael VanHoeven 6-5 302 Jr Paw Paw MVP
OL Alex Fowler 6-1 232 Jr Greenville
OL Jake Boonstra 6-3 285 Jr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
OL Mark Brooks 6-7 265 Jr Portland
OL Josiah VanTil 6-3 235 So Middleville
QB Jake Martin 6-0 180 Jr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
RB Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr Paw Paw
RB LaTommy Scott 5-7 160 So Muskegon Catholic Central
TE Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr East Grand Rapids
WR Jacob Buchberger 6-1 196 Jr Montague
WR Samuel Neville 6-3 190 So Grand Rapids West Catholic
There’s a lot of crossover between the top performers in the vertical leap and power ball toss from The Lake’s spring combine. Two of the most versatile athletes at the combine were Ian VanDenBerg, a 6-1, 185 RB/WR from Paw Paw, and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen. VanDenBerg was second in both the vertical leap and power ball toss, after being mentioned previously for his 4.5 40 time. Wyoming junior Michael Williams had the top vertical leap, 35 1/2″ inches, after posting the fastest 40 time of 4.44 seconds.
Montague’s Jacob Buchberger will be a three-year, two-way starter for Montague who ran for 10 TDs in five games as a junior. Buchberger was in the top 10 in both as was another from a Divisoin 5 school, Grand Rapids West Catholic sophomore David Fox who was a two-way standout (and punter) for the state champions.
Brent Murray, a 5-11, 194 junior from Petoskey, had some monster games running the ball for the Northmen last fall. He was first in the power ball with a toss of 44 feet and third with a vertical leap of 34 3/4″. More powerful than quick so projects as a middle linebacker or fullback, but Murray did have his moments in pass coverage in one-on-one reps. Anthony Hum, an Alma sophomore, was one of the camp’s to underclassman performers, with a top 10 showing in both.
LMFR Combine Top 10 Standing Vertical Leap:
- 35 1/2″ Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr WR/DB Wyoming
- 35″ Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 34 3/4″ Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr RB/LB Petoskey
- 33 1/3″ David Fox 6-1 201 So DB/QB Grand Rapids West Catholic
- 33 1/2″ Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 33″ Christopher Chin 5-10 190 So RB/LB Byron Center
- 32 3/4″ Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 31 1/2″ Shane Foster 6-1 205 Jr ATH Gaylord
- 31 3/4″ Anthony Humm 6-0 170 So RB/DB Alma
- 31 1/2″ Jacob Buchberger 6-1 186 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 31 1/2″ Jordan Gamage 5-11 165 Jr Sterling Heights
LMFR Combine Top 10 Power Ball Toss:
- 44’0 Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr RB/LB Petoskey
- 42’6 Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 41’2 Taylor Woodwyk 6-1 235 Jr DL Hudsonville
- 39’5 Jacob Burchberger 6-1 185 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 39’5 Jake Boonstra 6-3 285 Jr OL Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
- 39’4 Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 39’0 Anthony Humm 6-0 170 So RB/DB Alma
- 38’7 Clay Coltson 6-1 180 Jr QB Hastings
- 38’5 David Fox 6-1 201 So DB/QB Grand Rapids West Catholic
- 38’2 Bryce Henkey 6-0 180 RB/DB East Grand Rapids
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Wyoming junior Michael Williams, Paw Paw junior Ian VanDenBerg and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen dominated the speed, quickness and explosions portions of the 2015 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine. Williams, at 5-8, 165, had the top 40-yard dash time of 4.44 and highest vertical jump at 35 1/2 inches. The will just reload at Muskegon Catholic as Christoffersen, at 5-9, 165, had the fastest pro agility 3.98 seconds while running a 4.56 40 and jumpering 33 1/2″. What you liked about him, particularly as an underclassman, is that the quickness from the tests was still evident when doing it against a defender in drills. Christofferson’s teammate, running back heir apparent LaTommy Scott, was also in the top 10 in both the 40 and pro agility. Portage Central’s 5-11, 190 junior Brandon Sturgeon was also a top 10 performer in both. The most physically ready player and breakout prospect from this combine was VanDenBerg. He is Paw Paw’s school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and showed not just the wheels but the ability to show hands on the fly in one-on-ones after running a 4.56 40 with a vertical jump of 35″. That latter was on display in drills with how he could adjust and make plays on the ball at a plane beyond the DBs. What separates him is that along with the speed VanDenBerg had the second-longest power ball toss of the combine, 42’6. Not just an “Underwear Olympics” guy, VDB had a legit junior season for Paw Paw, including a 99-yard TD run and a 94-yard kickoff return TD. LMFR Combine Top 10 40-yd Dash:
- 4.44 seconds Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr RB/DB Wyoming
- 4.56 Ian VandenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 4.56 Isaac Kozak 5-9 130 So DB/WR Rochester Stoney Creek
- 4.60 Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.62 Jamari Booker 6-0 175 DB/LB East Kentwood
- 4.69 Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr DB/RB Rockford
- 4.70 LaTommy Scott 5-7 170 So RB Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.71 Bryce Henkey 6-0 180 DB/RB East Grand Rapids
- 4.71 Brandon Sturgeon 5-11 190 Jr ATH Portage Central
- 4.72 Jordan Gamage 5-11 165 Jr DB Sterling Heights
LMFR Combine Top 10 Pro Agility:
- 3.98 seconds Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.06 Jared Yarbrough 5-7 165 Jr WR Paw Paw
- 4.25 Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 4.29 Nolan Fugate 5-11 160 Fr DB/QB Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- 4.31 Jacob Buchberger 6-1 186 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 4.31 Evan Whitmore 6-3 187 Jr ATH Petoskey
- 4.33 Joshua Atwell 5-11 179 So RB/WR Grandville
- 4.33 LaTommy Scott 5-7 160 So RB Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.33 Nathan Manthey 5-8 156 Jr Bangor
- 4.33 Brandon Sturgeon 5-11 190 Jr ATH Portage Central
- 4.33 Josh Lamphere 6-1 175 LB/TE Dowagiac
Over 100 of the Lake Area’s prospects will be at the LMFR’s combine Saturday in Grand Rapids. Many have already proven on the field to be playmakers, with or without the ball. Here are five of those future college players who we look forward to getting a closer look at 12:30-2:30 pm Saturday at the MVP Sports Spot.
Luke Bakker 6-0 180 ATH West Ottawa: O-K Red linebacker who projects similarly to another recent West Ottawa prospect, Alex Zimmerman who went on to Hillsdale. May be West Ottawa’s QB in the fall. He will be the Panthers’ leading returning rusher and No. 2 returning tackler.
Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr DB/RB Rockford: He’ll be a three-year starter for one of the Lake Area’s perennially elite programs. The AP all-state safety went both ways for the Rams and was their leading tackler.
Jamari Booker 6-0 175 Jr DB East Kentwood: A prototype athlete for an EK defense built for speed. Booker’s a nasty hitter as an undersized outside linebacker at the high school level. Started on the Falcons’ Division 1 state semifinalist team and is being recruited by MAC and GLIAC teams.
LaTommy Scott 5-7 160 So RB Muskegon Catholic Central: As a sophomore he was already a big-play threat for MCC’s dominant Division 8 state championship team. In spot duty Scott scored four TDs while averaging over 12 yards per carry. With 2,000-yard rusher Tommy Scott matriculating to Saginaw Valley State, look for LaTommy to put up all-state caliber stats as an upperclassman.
Evan Whitmore 6-3 187 Jr QB/DB Petoskey: Petoskey doesn’t throw often, but Whitmore has the arm and frame to be a pocket presence, and also the athleticism to play defense. His brother is a linebacker at Hillsdale.
Here is where some past participants of the first two seasons of Lake Michigan Football Report combines signed. Who will be the next MAC, GLIAC and other prospects to emerge? The next combine is Saturday, March 21 in Grand Rapids.
- Evan Akins: Navy (Hudsonville)
- Wyatt Batdorff: Hillsdale (Forest Hills Northern)
- Danny Bauder: Northern Michigan (Zeeland West)
- Jalen Brooks: Ferris State (Cadillac)
- Jake Brown: Michigan Tech (Comstock Park)
- Ethan Campbell: Michigan Tech (Traverse City Central)
- Brandon Childress: Central Michigan (Baldwin)
- Dom Childress: Navy (Independence, Tenn.)
- Connor Conaboy: Butler (East Grand Rapids)
- Derek Diver: Michigan Tech (Traverse City West)
- Bobby Drew: Wayne State (Saugatuck/Holland)
- Andrew Duckett: Eastern Michigan (Niles Brandywine)
- Tristan Eickenroth: Ferris State (Kingsley)
- Steve Eipper: Central Michigan (Greenville)
- Zach Evans: Michigan Tech (Kenowa Hills)
- Kenneth Finley: Western Michigan (Muskegon)
- Tyler Gildersleeve: Michigan Tech (Traverse City Central)
- Landon Grove: Ferris State (Gladwin)
- Ryan Gruzka: Saginaw Valley State (Comstock Park)
- Matt Hall: Hillsdale (Grand Rapids Christian)
- Chase Harrington: Northwood (Greenville)
- Colt Harrington: Northwood (Greenville)
- Jacob Howe: Grand Valley State (Forest Hills Northern)
- Will Hunt: Ferris State (Muskegon)
- Landon Kresnak: Saginaw Valley State (Mona Shores)
- Greg Krusniak: Ferris State (Greenville)
- Elliot Jordan: Western Michigan (East Kentwood)
- Malik King: Ball State (Muskegon)
- Drew Marion: Michigan Tech (Lake City)
- Blake Mazur: Wayne State (Comstock Park)
- Caleb McNitt: Hillsdale (West Ottawa)
- Lincoln Mulder: Ferris State (Holland Christian)
- Jaylen Schoenfield: Grand Valley State (Swartz Creek)
- Logan Slaughter: Western Michigan (Mendon)
- Connor Smith: Cornell (Three Rivers)
- Derek Smith: Central Michigan (Kenowa Hills)
- Travis Smith: Wake Forest (Ithaca)
- Mitchell Stanitzek: Central Michigan (Grand Rapids West Catholic)
- Will Stecker: Northern Michigan (Gaylord)
- Trevor Sweeney: Western Michigan (Mattawan)
- Nick Swore: Malone (Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian)
- Adam Trautman: Dayton (Elk Rapids)
- Trevor VanTubbergen: Wayne State (West Ottawa)
- Jared Vuksan: Northern Michigan (Gladwin)
- David Walker: Harvard (Harbor Springs)
- Marty Ward: Tiffin (Niles Brandywin)
- Shea Whitmore: Hillsdale (Petoskey)
- Alex Zimmerman: Hillsdale (West Ottawa)
A strong offensive line crop usually bodes well for Lake Area talent overall, and bringing in the recruiters are three possible Big Ten guys up front in 2016 TC West’s Thiyo Lukusa and Jacob Cerny and Paw Paw’s Michael VanHoeven. The junior class if also rife with versatile, athletic playmakers, none more potent than the Lake Area’s No. 1 overall 2016 prospect Hunter Broersma, the two-way threat from D2 state runner-up Mona Shores.
- 1. Hunter Broersma 6-1 180 WR/DB Muskegon Mona Shores
- 2. Thiyo Lukusa 6-5 300 OL Traverse City West
- 3. Jacob Cerny 6-5 275 OL Traverse City West
- 4. Michael VanHoeven 6-5 300 OL Paw Paw
- 5. Tyler Bradfield 6-1 185 ATH Rockford
- 6. Gabe Bauman 6-3 245 LB Rockford
- 7. Nolan Meekhof 6-1 215 RB Grandville
- 8. Michael Holdship 6-0 210 LB/RB Cadillac
- 9. Luke Sage 6-0 185 LB Boyne City
- 10. Christian Boyd 6-2 270 DL Muskegon Mona Shores
- 11. Pat Naughton 6-2 190 QB Comstock Park
- 12. Juanye Johnson 6-4 275 OL Muskegon
- 13. Gabe Steed 6-1 175 WR Lowell
- 14. Luke Thompson 6-0 180 ATH Grand Rapids Christian
- 15. Trenton Fincher 6-9 305 OL East Kentwood
- 16. Carl Myers 6-2 250 DL Grand Rapids West Catholic
- 17. Derices Brown 6-2 275 OL Muskegon
- 18. Zack VanValkenburg 6-4 230 LB Zeeland West
- 19. Dom Shermeta 5-11 205 LB Muskegon Mona Shores
- 20. Jake Martin 5-11 175 ATH Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
- 21. Deandre Oakes-Owens 6-1 170 DB/WR Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
- 22. Kyle Augustine 6-3 300 OL Gaylord
- 23. Dante Razzano 6-2 190 DB Edwardsburg
- 24. Mike Bordeaux 6-3 255 OL/DL Muskegon Mona Shores
- 25. Jean Pierre Nkolo 6-3 200 LB East Kentwood
Calling all college football prospects from the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018! The 2015 Lake Michigan Football Combine will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at MVP Sports in Grand Rapids, MI. Join top underclassmen from around the state and the Midwest for an afternoon of combine testing and one-on-one drills. Note: Due to the new venue, there are no restrictions on football cleats. Players may wear football cleats for the whole event.
ALL testing results will be made available to Division I, II, III & NAIA college coaches. The Lake Michigan Football Report has built strong relationships with college coaches in the MIAA, GLIAC, Missouri Valley, Ivy League, MAC, ACC, Big Ten, American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East), SEC, PAC-12, Big 12, the U.S. Service Academies, and the University of Notre Dame!
If you want to play college football, this is one event you DON’T want to miss! Click the picture above for complete details and registration information!