Class of 2015 All-Combine Team

Offense
QB  Kyle Friberg  6-1  175  Jr  East Kentwood
RB  Jacob Geter  5-8  170  Jr  Plainwell
RB  Nick Jasch  5-10  180  Jr  Zeeland West
OL  Bryce Wilker  6-5  285  Jr  Belding
OL  TJ Patterson  6-3  260  Jr  Reed City
OL  Caleb Brinks  6-0  280  Jr  Hudsonville Unity Christian
OL  Cody Mattison  6-3  275  Jr  Parchment
OL  James Driesenga  5-10  202  Jr  Zeeland West
TE  Braden Carl  6-4  190  Jr  West Ottawa
WR  Dylan Collis  5-11  185  Jr  Fremont
WR  Darnel Jarrett  5-10  162  Jr  Pickering, Ont.

Defense
DL  Victor Williams  6-2  269  Jr  East Grand Rapids
DL  Jarrad Whited  6-2  225  Jr  Vicksburg
DL  Mike Egeler  6-4  225  Jr  Comstock Park
DL Trevor Raby  6-4  225  Jr  Zeeland West
LB  Mason Dekker  5-10  210  Jr  West Ottawa
LB  Nathan Kriger  6-1  190  Jr  Fruitport
LB  Eddie Kelly  6-0  205  Jr  Caledonia
DB  Danil Young  5-10  180  Jr  Grandville
DB  Dom Childress  6-0  175  Jr  Independence, Tenn.
DB  Ben Hartley  6-2  180  Jr  West Branch Ogemaw Heights
DB  Logan Soule  6-0  175  Jr  Caledonia

Standout Offensive Linemen from LMFR Combine

The 2014 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine was loaded with offensive linemen. While this year’s group didn’t have as much name recognition — yet — it may have been just as talented. The breakout performer was 6-5, 255 sophomore Michael VanHoeven from Paw Paw. The baby-faced big kid was an all-league guard as a 10th-grader and it was easy to see why. VanHoeven consistently had the loudest hits in one-on-ones. He played through the whistle and finished his blocks; got good leverage, when he remembered to plant. While he may not have the speed to be a tackle, VanHoeven still tested overall as one of the best big guys in attendance including the quickest pro shuttle. Making him that much more attractive to college programs will be his 4.0 gpa.

Another 2016 prospect, 6-1, 280 Karson Murley from state power Lowell, got a wake-up call with the first hit of the day, got angry, and was dialed in the rest of the way. He consistently won the battle for pad level. Good kickout in pass block and was able to maneuver his man wide.

The best-known O-line prospect coming in was Bryce Wilker, a 6-5, 285 junior from Belding. He is their left tackle, but projects as a blue-collar interior at the next level. Very good run blocker, violent hands, improving in space. Looked good running at his size with a 5.3 40. Improved strength and flexibility will only help his already solid stock.

Reed City’s 6-3, 260 junior TJ Patterson provided the push for one of the Lake Area’s most potent running games last fall. He was really quick out of his stance to deliver hits. Another impressive junior was 6-0, 280 Caleb Brinks from Hudsonville Unity Christian. Barrel-chested kid moved well with a 5.16 40. Could see him going either way, reminds of East Jordan senior Ben Walton, who signed with Northwood.

Zeeland West’s 6-4, 225 junior Trevor Raby was one of our favorite 2015 tackles from the fall. He worked out with the tight ends, the position he’ll play this season replacing Jordan VanDort. Defending Divisoin 4 state champion West also must replace stalwart center AJ Tinholt, and 6-2, 275 sohomore Colton Overway looks like an option there though he’ll have to improve his quickness, while junior James Driesenga steps in at tackle. He’s small at 5-10, 202, but showed strong technique and was able to lock up and redirect larger D linemen.

One of the younger offensive linemen and one to watch was 6-3, 215 2017 prospect Mason Shirrell, who started as a freshman for Muskegon Orchard View.

Top 10 Powerball Tosses from LMFR Combine

40’1  Nolan Meekhof  6-1  217  So  Grandville
37’8  John Green  5-7  175  Jr  Reed City
37’8 Caleb McNitt  6-2  210  Jr  West Ottawa
37’1  Michael Holdship  6-0  210  So  Cadillac
36’9  Jacob Geter  5-8  170  Jr  Plainwell
36’5  Victor Williams  6-2  269  Jr  East Grand Rapids
36’4  Carl Myers  6-2  240  So  Grand Rapids West Catholic
36’4  Adam Trautman  6-4  205  Jr  Elk Rapids
36’2  Elroy Payne  5-10  210  Jr  Holland
34’7  Drake Fincannon  5-9  170  Fr  Zeeland West
34’6  Trenton Monroe  6-1  210  Jr  Plainwell
34’3  Austin Rohr  6-1  180  Jr  Plainwell
33’7  Dom Childress  6’0  175  Independence, Tenn.
33’7  David Fox  6-1  192  Fr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
33’7  Nick Jasch  5-10  180  Jr  Zeeland West
33’7  Eddie Kelly  6-0  205  Jr  Caledonia

Top 10 Standing Verticals from LMFR Combine

37″ Jacob Geter 5-8 170 Jr Plainwell
34 1/2″ David Cutts 5’11 180 Jr East Kentwood
33 1/2″ Dom Childress 6-0 175 Jr Independence, Tenn.
33 1/2″ Nick Jasch 5-10 180 Jr Zeeland West
33 1/2″ Keimon Carter 5-8 145 So Comstock Park
32 3/4″ Eddie Kelly 6-0 205 Jr Caledonia
32 1/3″ Kevin Smith 5-9 135 Jr East Kentwood
31 3/4″ Jared Yarbrough 5-7 165 So Paw Paw
31 1/2” Brandon Childress 6-3 185 Jr Baldwin
31 1/3″ Austin Rohr 6-1 180 Jr Plainwell
31 1/3” Logan Soule 6-0 175 Jr Caledonia
31″ Devin Butler 6-2 180 Jr Zeeland East
31” Nolan Meekhof 6-1 217 So Grandville
31″ Toni Sok 5-7 145 Jr West Ottawa
31″ Adam Tautman 6-4 205 Jr Elk Rapids
30 1/2” Brandon Davis 5-10 160 Jr Holland
30 1/4″ Shane Harris 5-8 150 So East Kentwood

Top 10 40 times from LMFR Combine

4.34 Jacob Geter 5-8 170 Jr Plainwell
4.56 Darnel Jarrett 5-10 162 Jr Pickering, Ont.
4.59 Kevin Smith 5-9 135 Jr East Kentwood
4.60 Tanner Christian 5-11 176 So Caledonia
4.62 Ty Brugh 5-8 155 So Plainwell
4.62 Nick Jasch 5-10 180 Jr Zeeland West
4.63 Devon Thompson 5-8 158 So Greenville
4.64 Ryan Graham 5-10 160 Fr East Jordan
4.65 John Green 5-7 175 Jr Reed City
4.66 Dom Childress 6-0 175 Jr Independence, Tenn.
4.68 Michael Holdship 6-0 210 So Cadillac
4.68 Shane Harris 5-8 160 So East Kentwood
4.69 Nolan Meekhof 6-1 217 So Grandville
4.69 James Lacy 5-9 170 Jr West Ottawa
4.69 Ben Hartley 6-2 180 Jr Ogemaw Heights
4.69 Toni Sok 5-7 145 Jr West Ottawa
4.69 Jared Yarbrough 5-7 165 So Paw Paw
4.69 Danil Young 5-10 180 Jr Grandville

Class of 2016 Looks to Emerge at Combine

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Casey Brinks (Zeeland West) is just one of the talented underclassmen looking to shine at Sunday’s combine.

Sunday’s Lake Michigan Football Report Combine in Grand Rapids will be a great chance to take the pulse of the Lake Area’s upcoming talent, with the first look at some underclassmen, and closer looks at once who were already varsity performers as sophomores.

Perhaps the best-known 2016 prospects planning to attend are from Zeeland West’s Division 4 state championship team. Zach VanValkenburg is a 6-3, 210 defensive standout. In that final game VanValkenburg had a sack of DeWitt’s all-state QB Jake Johnson. The last time Zeeland West had an impact underclassman on a state championship team it was Jordan Vandort, who parlayed that into an all-state career that will continue at WMU. 5-11, 164 Casey Brinks was West’s starting QB as only a 10th-grader, with a likely college destination in the defensive backfield. Also from the Dux, Colton Overway intrigues as a 6-2, 270 two-way lineman.

Another sophomore defensive standout we last saw winning hardware at Ford Field was Grand Rapids West Catholic’s 6-2, 240 lineman Carl Myers. He had a couple tackles in their win over Memominee.

Perennial state power Lowell was loaded as always in 2013, but that didn’t mean some youngsters didn’t contribute. 6-1, 280 soph Karson Murley started on the Red Arrows’ offensive line. 6-0, 150 receiver Gabe Steed was called up from Lowell’s JV team and made an instant impact. Clearly not fazed by the big stage, Steed caught three TD catches in Lowell’s playoff win against Mona Shores.  6-0, 200 sophomore linebacker Trevor Shurlow has a familiar last name to Lake Area fans.

Michael VanHoeven was a first-team All-Wolverine Conference offensive lineman for Paw Paw as just a sophomore. He certainly passes the look test at that age, checking in at 6-5, 255.

Grandville’s Nolan Meekhof stood out at last year’s LMFR Combine with a terrific size/speed combination for just a freshman. Now he has a year of O-K Red varsity ball under his belt making the 6-1, 217 running back an even more intriguing prospect.

This is just a handful of the young talent that will be putting it on the line at the combine. There is still an opportunity to compete against them, to register click here.

Calling the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017!

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Join the top underclassmen from throughout Michigan & the Midwest on Sunday, March 16, 2014! Registration for the 2014 Lake Michigan Football Combine is now open… Click HERE for more details!

Lake Area Recruiting Winners in Big Ten, MAC, GLIAC

Big 10: Michigan
While U-M only has one Lake Area recruit, he is one who, the last time he played football, achieved the greatest receiving game in state final history. The only problem for Drake Harris — that was 2012, and he hasn’t played since. The former Grand Rapids Christian two-sport all-stater is already enrolled at Michigan. Harris is the Lake Area’s No. 1 prospect. No. 2 is his former teammate Tommy Doles, an athletic lineman headed to Northwestern. Michigan State has the largest Big Ten class in numbers, with two Lake Area kids St. Francis LB/DB Byron Bullough and Berrien Springs lineman Nick Padla, though both are ranked lower here than on national recruiting sites.

MAC: Western Michigan
It was a regrettable debut on the field for first-year WMU coach PJ Fleck, but he did row the boat the right direction on one front — prioritizing in-state recruiting. That included locking down the Broncos’ own backyard, which was never the case during Bill Cubit’s tenure. WMU landed two of the Lake Area’s top 5 seniors, in defensive tackle Kenneth Finley of Muskegon and do-it-all mammoth athlete Jordan VanDort from Zeeland West. Not only do these guys have Big Ten measurables, but they’re winners. VanDort started on West’s 2011 and 2013 state championship teams, while Finley did the same on the Big Reds squads that twice finished state runner-up to to Brother Rice. WMU also added Asantay Brown, an all-state receiver from Mona Shores who spurned a Minnesota offer to play DB in Kazoo; and Elliot Jordan, a lanky, athletic tackle prospect from East Kentwood. Preferred walk-on Cory Carr is a brawling offensive lineman and linebacker who played on the Portage Central team that went undefeated before losing to Muskegon in the Division 2 semifinals.

HM in the MAC is CMU. The Chippewas have long thrived recruiting the Lake Area, from their first All-American Leo Wisneski, through Jim Bowman, Curtis Adams, Gary Hogeboom, to Ray Bentley or Dan Bazuin, and Rockford’s finest Bryan Anderson and Joe Staley. Central has smaller scholarship numbers in 2014 with a fewer than 20-man class, slow-playing the Lake Area before swooping in to add some quality prospects. They flipped Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Mitchell Stanitzek from EMU and also took Bridman’s Cooper Mojsiejenko. Both have the size, versatility and athleticism to be quality starters. Mojsiejenko’s talent won’t be fully realized if CMU uses him only as a punter, the position his father played in the NFL. Portage Central running back Jerrod Davis made the most of his one season in the Lake Area after moving from Detroit King, and Maple City Glen Lake’s Trevor Apsey is a walk-on with scholarship athletic ability.

GLIAC: Ferris State
The Bulldogs hit up the Lake Area hard for what was a nationally-recognized Division 2 class in 2013, with the likes of Montague’s Brandon Moore, Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Ryhem Stokes and Rockford’s KC Zenner amongst their dozen local signees. There are eight on Ferris’ board in 2014, and the high quality continues led by the Lake Area’s top running back or linebacker, Zeeland East’s Spencer Viening, and top quarterback, Cadillac record-setter Jalen Brooks. Viening, injured most of his senior season, is a top 10 overall prospect (ahead of three BCS recruits) and Brooks top 20 (ahead of four MAC scholarship players). Ferris State is fond of Division 2 semifinalist Portage Central, taking three Mustangs — RB/LB Jacob Allen; TE/DL Matt Capasso; and TE/OL Hunter Lassiter, originally a CMU commitment. The linebacking corps is impressive — Grand Rapids Union’s Paul Brown; pass-rusher Carl Grant from Dowagiac; and Muskegon’s Will Hunt.

It would be remiss not to mention GLIAC HM Northern Michigan. Marquette came out of nowhere in previous recruiting cycles to enter West Michigan and land one of the best defensive players in Rockford history, all-state linebacker Brent Showers, and the Lake Area’s most explosive running back, Danny Bauder from state champion Zeeland West. NMU also added two guys who didn’t just put up sterling numbers against legit competition, but did it with college bodies, 6-1 195 Muskegon Reeths-Puffer running back Julian Munday and 6-4 240 GR Catholic Central receiver Austin Gordon.

Small College: Siena Heights
The Saints have a sweet star logo and had a number of big recruiting wins in the Lake Area. Ogemaw Heights lineman Alec Stevens, Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Adam Armour, Grand Rapids Christian WR/DB Dwayne Barfield and Forest Hills Eastern receiver Sam Harrison are all in the Lake 100.

Signing Day 2014: The Lake 100

  1. Drake Harris  6-4  170  WR  Grand Rapids Christian  Michigan
  2. Tommy Doles  6-5  260  OL  Grand Rapids Christian  Northwestern
  3. Kenneth Finley  6-3  285  DL  Muskegon  Western Michigan
  4. David Walker  6-4  230  ATH  Harbor Springs  Harvard
  5. Jordan VanDort  6-5  320  OL/DL  Zeeland West  Western Michigan
  6. Jhonathan Williams  6-6  235  DL/TE  Berrien Springs  Notre Dame
  7. Spencer Viening  6-2  220  RB/LB  Zeeland East  Ferris State
  8. Malik King  6-4  280  OL  Muskegon  Ball State
  9. Kyle Steigenga  6-5  185  WR  Holland Christian
  10. Connor Hayes  6-3  300  OL  Traverse City West  Pittsburgh
  11. Nick Padla  6-5  270  OL  Berrien Springs  Michigan State
  12. Asantay Brown  6-1  190  DB/WR  Muskegon Mona Shores  Western Michigan
  13. Byron Bullough  6-3  225  LB/DB  Traverse City St. Francis  Michigan State
  14. Mitchell Stanitzek  6-4  235  DL/TE  Grand Rapids West Catholic  Central Michigan
  15. Elliot Jordan  6-7  260  OL  East Kentwood  Western Michigan
  16. Jacob Howe  6-2  240  DL  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern  Grand Valley State
  17. Evan Akins  6-6  285  OL  Hudsonvile  Navy
  18. Cooper Mojsiejenko  6-4  215  K/WR/TE  Bridgman  Central Michigan
  19. Jalen Brooks  6-3  180  QB  Cadillac  Ferris State
  20. Alex Lewandoski  5-11  185  DB  Muskegon Catholic Central  Saginaw Valley State
  21. Chris Hendricks  6-5  275  OL/DL  Fruitport  Eastern Michigan
  22. Danny Bauder  5-9  185  ATH  Zeeland West  Northern Michigan
  23. Drew Marion  6-2  185  QB  Marion  Michigan Tech
  24. Brent Showers  5-10  225  LB  Rockford  Northern Michigan
  25. Jerrod Davis  5-11  190  RB  Portage Central  Central Michigan
  26. Hunter Lassiter  6-4  255  TE  Portage Central  Ferris State
  27. Austin Labus  6-6  300  OL/DL  Portage Northern  Bowling Green
  28. Will Hunt  6-1  220  LB  Muskegon  Ferris State
  29. Zach Evans  6-2  240  DL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills  Michigan Tech
  30. Jake Khoury  6-3  290  DL  Traverse City St. Francis  Buffalo
  31. Ryan Gruszka  6-4  215  DL  Comstock Park  Saginaw Valley State
  32. Wyatt Batdorff  5-10  180  DB/LB  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern  Hillsdale
  33. Paul Brown  5-11  200  LB  Grand Rapids Union  Ferris State
  34. Quinton Sweeney  6-3  220  LB  Wayland
  35. Matt Capasso  6-3  220  TE/DL  Portage Central  Ferris State
  36. Connor Smith  6-5  275  OL  Three Rivers  Cornell
  37. Austin Gordon  6-4  240  WR/TE  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Northern Michigan
  38. Marquon Sargent  6-1  170  WR  Muskegon Mona Shores  Grand Valley State
  39. Cory Carr  6-1  240  OL  Portage Central  Western Michigan
  40. AJ Tinholt  6-3  245  OL  Zeeland West
  41. Trevor Apsey  6-0  205  ATH  Maple City Glen Lake   Central Michigan
  42. Doug Freeman  5-11  200  DB/RB  Buchanan
  43. Isaak Newhouse  6-0  185  WR/DB  Grand Haven  Butler
  44. Randy Garvin  6-1  210  LB  Rockford  Wayne State
  45. John Hall  6-0  195  LB  Muskegon
  46. Alex Zimmerman  5-11  165  DB/WR  West Ottawa  Hillsdale
  47. Jacob Kaczynski  6-4  230  LB/TE  Ludington  Michigan Tech
  48. Jake Achterberg  6-1  200  LB  Stevensville Lakeshore
  49. Jake Bush  5-11  185  RB  Comstock Park
  50. Jacob Allan  6-3  195  RB/LB  Portage Central  Ferris State
  51. Darohn Scott  6-8  225  DL  Grand Rapids Christian
  52. Kyler Shurlow  6-1  195  ATH  Lowell  Mount Union
  53. Todd Postma  6-5  240  DL  Grand Rapids Christian
  54. Carl Grant  6-2  220  DL/LB  Dowagiac  Ferris State
  55. Connor Conaboy  5-11  260  OL  East Grand Rapids  Butler
  56. Julian Munday  6-1  195  RB  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer  Northern Michigan
  57. Alec Stevens  6-5  270  OL  West Branch Ogemaw Heights  Siena Heights
  58. Adam Armour  6-1  210  LB  Traverse City St. Francis  Siena Heights
  59. Luke Diekeers  6-5  200  TE  Jenison
  60. Buck Tottingham  6-2  220  DL  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  61. Shea Whitmore  6-2  190  LB  Petoskey  Hillsdale
  62. Mike Miklusicak  5-9  190  RB  Wayland
  63. Zach Walker  6-0  195  ATH  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
  64. Dominic Paiz  5-8  175  RB  Grand Rapids Christian
  65. Andy Corey  5-8  175  RB/DB  Grand Rapids West Catholic  Saginaw Valley State
  66. Ian Tyler  6-4  215  DL  Muskegon Catholic Central  Columbia
  67. Matt Reitsma  6-2  260  OL  Lowell
  68. Stephen Hanson  6-4  285  OL  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  69. Kaleb Hauser  62-  225  LB  Kalkaska
  70. Colin Beebe  6-2  230  ATH  Alledale  Grand Valley State
  71. Colin Calloway  6-1  185  WR  East Kentwood  Mount Union
  72. Nick Swore  6-2  190  QB  Grand Rapids NorthPoine Christian  Malone
  73. Josh Olson  6-3  185  WR  Rockford
  74. Timothy Wielenga  6-0  215  RB/LB  Paw Paw  Concordia
  75. Tyler Sigler  6-3  200  ATH  Grand Rapids Christian  Wheaton
  76. Trent Kujawa  5-9  190  LB/DB  Zeeland West
  77. Dwayne Barfield  6-2  175  WR/DB  Grand Rapids Christian  Siena Heights
  78. Jordan Waire  6-1  175  DB  Muskegon
  79. Trevor Martin  6-1  265  DL  Cadillac
  80. Rodney Davis  6-1  180  QB  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
  81. Jeremy Stygstra  6-3  260  DL  Grand Rapids Christian
  82. Ben Walton  6-0  245  DL  East Jordan  Northwood
  83. Preston Simon  6-3  210  LB  Portage Northern
  84. Alex VanVossen  6-4  245  OL  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
  85. Ethan Badger  6-1  185  LB  Grand Rapids Christian
  86. Jarret Sobkowiak  6-0  250  DL  Rockford
  87. Jack Phillips  6-3  215  RB/LB  Wayland
  88. Jack Turak  6-2  190  RB/LB  St. Joseph
  89. Brad Fall  6-0  215  LB  Marion  Concordia
  90. Jared McNitt  6-0  200  LB  West Ottawa
  91. Sam Kuiper  5-9  175  ATH  Grand Rapids Christian  Butler
  92. Alexander Lake  6-2  225  DL/LB  Byron Center
  93. Logan Smith  6-4  215  WR/TE  Muskegon Mona Shores  Wayne State
  94. Jacob Compagner  6-5  230  OL  Zeeland East
  95. Kennedy Akins  6-0  175  DB  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
  96. Kameryn Kidder  6-2  220  LB  Middleville
  97. Cameron White  6-4  300  OL  Saugatuck
  98. Sam Harrison  5-11  175  WR  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern  Siena Heights
  99. Sam LaRoche  6-0  190  DB  Comstock Park
  100. Kyle Blough  6-3  200  TE/WR  Lowell

Senior Exposure All-Camp Team

2013 Lake Michigan Football Report Senior Exposure Camp

Offense
QB Jake Swander  6-0  205  Sr  Grayling
OL Colton VanDyke  6-1  245  Sr  Wayland
OL Cameron White  6-4  300  Sr  Saugatuck
OL Cory Carr  6-1  240  Sr  Portage Central
OL Stephen Hanson  6-4  285  Sr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
OL Matt Hoover  5-11  285  Sr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
TE Kyle Blough  6-3  190  Sr  Lowell
RB Danny Bauder  5-9  185  Sr  Zeeland West
RB Michael Miklusicak  5-9  190  Sr  Wayland
WR Colin Calloway  6-1  185  Sr  East Kentwood
WR Alex Zimmerman  5-11  165  Sr  West Ottawa

Defense
DL Malik Green  5-7  200  Sr  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
DL Trevor Martin  6-1  265  Sr  Cadillac
DL Buck Tottingham  6-0  220  Sr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
DL Ben Walton  6-0  245  Sr  East Jordan
LB Kody Bauswell  6-1  190  Sr  Hudsonville
LB Kameryn Kidder  6-2  220  Sr  Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg
LB Alexander Lake  6-2  225  Sr  Byron Center
LB Odell Miller  6-4  230  Sr  Richland Gull Lake
DB Kennedy Akins  6-0  175  Sr  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
DB Sam  LaRoche  5-11  180  Sr  Comstock Park
DB Darius Sanderford  5-10  180  Sr  Ann Arbor Pioneer

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