Summer Football Showcase THIS Wednesday, July 23!

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The Lake Michigan Football Report will be on the road again this summer in search of the best football talent out there. Players with the desire and potential to play at the collegiate level are invited to join us at the 2014 Summer Football Showcase on Wednesday, July 23rd, at St. Joseph High School (2521 Stadium Dr, St Joseph, MI 49085). The event will run from 7:00PM – 9:00PM and will give players an opportunity to showcase their skills in combine testing, position drills, and one-on-ones. Click HERE for complete details and to register today!

Pre-Camp Season 2015 Top 50 Prospects

1. Jon Wassink 6-2 185 QB Grand Rapids South Christian Western Michigan
2. Wesley French 6-5 295 DL/OL St. Joseph
3. Jon Keenoy 6-3 285 OL East Kentwood Western Michigan
4. Bryce Witham 6-4 225 DL/TE Grand Rapids West Catholic
5. Carter Masek 6-3 235 LB East Grand Rapids Miami-OH
6. Travis Russell 6-3 190 QB Grand Rapids West Catholic
7. Tyree Jackson 6-3 185 QB Muskegon Mona Shores  Buffalo
8. Steve Eipper 6-4 255 OL/DL Greenville Central Michigan
9. Derek Smith  6-4  250  OL/DL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills  Central Michigan
10. Blake Bockheim 6-4 220 TE Grand Rapids Northview
11. Sam Beal  6-2  175  WR  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills  Western Michigan
12. Matt Seybert 6-4 230 TE/DL Traverse City St. Francis  Buffalo
13. Bryce Wilker 6-6 280 OL Belding
14. Gabe Andree  6-0  185  DB  Grand Rapids Christian  Toledo
15.  Kenneth Willekes 6-2 200 LB Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
16. Adam Trautman 6-5 210 QB Elk Rapids
17. Qi’antae Ewing 6-3 235 LB Grand Rapids Christian
18. Jarrad Whited 6-2 225 DL/TE Vicksburg
19. Danil Young 5-10 180 DB Grandville
20. Chase VanHoef 6-4 280 OL Grand Haven
21. Nate Couturier 5-10 150 WR Allendale
22. Dakota Scholten 6-4 220 TE/DL Grant
23. Andrew Duckett  6-1  185  QB  Niles Brandywine
24. Jacob Geter 5-8 170 RB Plainwell
25. Kasey DeWitt 6-4 220 DL/LB Shelby
26. Jack Bates 6-2 215 LB Grand Rapids Christian
27. Dereko Riley 5-8 170 DB/RB Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
28. Mike Egeler 6-4 225 DL Comstock Park
29. Zach McGuire 6-1 190 ATH Traverse City West
30. DeKurtis Murphy 6-5 295 OL/DL St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
31. Mikey Roth 5-11 185 QB East Grand Rapids
32. Marty Ward  5-9  215  RB  Niles Brandywine
33. Nick Marosi 6-2 185 WR Grand Rapids Catholic Central
35. Malik Swain 6-2 280 DL Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
34. Chase Herrington 6-3 210 LB Greenville
36. Joeviar Kennedy 6-3 180 WR Muskegon
37. Mitchell Quakkelaar 6-3 250 OL/DL Grand Rapids South Christiane
38. Victor Wiliams 6-2 270 DL East Grand Rapids
39. Juwan Jarnegan 6-0 220 DL Grand Rapids Christian
40. Tommy Brown 6-2 265 DL/OL Grand Rapids Northview
41. Sam Heyboer 6-4 200  WR  Grand Rapids South Christian
42. Alezay Coleman 5-9 175 DB Muskegon
43. Kyle Friberg 6-2 175 QB East Kentwood
44. TJ Patterson 6-3 260 DL/OL Reed City
45. Cole VanOosten 6-7 270 OL Kalamazoo Christian
46. Eddie Kelly 6-0 205 RB Caledonia
47. Trevor Raby 6-4 225 TE/OL Zeeland West
48. Jay Doll 6-0 190 QB Paw Paw
49. Caleb McNitt 6-2 215 ATH  West Ottawa

50. Ben Hartley 6-2 180 DB West Branch Ogemaw Heights

Elk Rapids QB Adam Trautman named 2014 LMFR Exposure Camp MVP

QB Adam Trautman 6-5 210 2015 Elk Rapids
RECAP: Trautman first caught our eye with a solid performance at our Grand Rapids combine back in March, but he delivered an MVP performance on Friday night in Traverse City. At QB, the 6-5 210lb Trautman showed a strong arm and made all the throws. Very rarely did the ball hit the ground when he was under center. Trautman also displayed great mobility when asked to move out of the pocket, which backed up his respectable 4.76 40-yard dash time and 4.4 pro-agility shuttle. He not only looks the part of a Division I quarterback, but he also plays it very well. As he embarks on the summer camp circuit, expect MAC schools to come calling. He reminds us of recent Jacksonville Jaguars pick and former University of Central Florida QB Blake Bortles. Trautman also excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.8 GPA and 28 ACT. Congratulations to Adam on his MVP performance!

Adam Trautman 2013 Season Highlights with off-season training from TMB Athletes on Vimeo.

2014 LMFR Exposure Camp All-Camp Team

Lake Michigan Football Report Exposure Camp 2014 - Traverse City, MI

Linemen go through drills during the third annual Lake Michigan Football Report Exposure Camp at Thirlby Field in Traverse City.

It was a great night at Thirlby Field for the 3rd annual Lake Michigan Football Report Exposure Camp. Lots of talented players came out to showcase their skills in front of college coaches, but only a dozen could make the All-Camp team. Check out this year’s crop of talented prospects!

QB Grant Klaver 6-1 205 2015 Okemos

RECAP: Grant Klaver had an impressive day throwing the football. He showed his entire arsenal as he zipped short passes into tight windows, threw well on the run, and also completed deep passes down the field from the pocket. His stock should continue to rise as he goes through the summer camp circuit. Expect him to draw a lot of interest from Division II and Division III programs.


OL Jacob Cerny 6-5 280 2016 Traverse City West

RECAP: Jacob Cerny is a physically imposing lineman and the latest lineman to emerge at Traverse City West. He performed well in the positions drills and showed good lateral movement in the shuttle. He’ll need to get a little stronger to transition to the next level, but he has a lot of potential to become a good college tackle.


OL Derek Smith 6-4 250 2015 Kenowa Hills

RECAP: Derek Smith tested well and played well to make the All-Camp team. The lineman ran a sub-5.00 40-yard dash and turned in a pair of 4.7s in the pro-agility shuttle. At the next level, he projects well at offensive guard or defense end on the other side of the ball.


DL TJ Patterson 6-3 260 2015 Reed City

RECAP: Patterson has a good motor and good size. He uses his quickness to his advantage when going up against O-Linemen. He played fundamentally sound and could find his way into the GLIAC with continued work.

DL James Mogford 5-11 260 2015 Elk Rapids

RECAP: While Mogford didn’t test off the charts, he played physical and was able to dominate his opponent quite often in the position drills and one-on-ones. He’s versatile enough to play on either side of the line.

LB James Gazarato 5-11 208 2015 Petoskey

RECAP: Showcased great strength and led the camp with most reps at 225lbs (15). Also showed good speed in the 40-yard dash, clocking a 4.76. Gazarato isn’t just a workout warrior, though. He showed good athleticism during position drills and was a notable force during 7v7 play.

LB Dion Burke 5-10 180 2016 Kingsley

RECAP: Burke played with really active hands during 7v7 and was able to run stride for stride with slot receivers. He has really good football instincts, which is a welcomed trait from a sophomore.

LB Montena Owczarzak 5-11 220 2015 Garber

RECAP: Owczarzak comes from a small school which you may not be able to find on a map, but after a strong showing and All-Camp recognition, coaches should take notice. He was always around the ball during 7v7 play and demonstrated good footwork during position and one-on-one drills. He’s the prototype size for a college LB.

LB/TE Dylan Wyman 6-1 210 2015 Grayling

RECAP: Dylan Wyman came in under the radar but tested solid and played even better. He was a ball hawk who played with good technique.


RB Andre Jones 5-5 155 2016 Reed City

RECAP: Jones had a big day, showcasing great speed with a camp-leading 40-yard dash time, a blazing 4.49. He also put up 185lbs on the bench press 11 times. He shows great balance and has a really good feel for the game at running back. Jones has all the intangibles that coaches look for in a player and, despite his size, he has college football written all over him.


RB Malik Smith 5-9 185 2016 Boyne City

RECAP: Malik Smith has been on the scene since starting on varsity as a freshman at RB and LB. Smith tested well, showing good speed and great strength. He clocked 4.60 in the 40-yard dash and lifted 225lbs for 9 reps. He was equally impressive in the drills, displaying great hands and good footwork.


DB Zack McGuire 6-1 190 2015 Traverse City West

RECAP: McGuire is an athlete who tests well and plays well. He’s versatile, athletic, and has the coveted combination of size and speed. McGuire posted strong numbers across the board, clocking a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, lifting 225lbs for 8 reps, and clocking the camp’s fastest pro-agility shuttle times on a wet field (4.09, 4.25). During one on one drills and 7v7, McGuire embraced man-to-man coverage and showed why he’s the best corner back in the north. He’s currently drawing interest the GILAC and MAC programs.


TONIGHT: LMFR Exposure Camp visits Traverse City!

football combine in michganThe Lake Michigan Football Report is looking for college football prospects to showcase their skills at our next football exposure camp in Northern Michigan. Join us “under the lights” on Friday, May 9th, 2014, at beautiful Thirlby Field in Traverse City, MI! Click HERE for more details! Camp will be held rain or shine… this is football!

#ThrowbackThursday Alumni Edition: Catching up with TJ Schepperly (TC Central / Northwood University)

All-State QB TJ Schepperly (Traverse City Central) is among the host of talented prospects who will attend Sunday's Senior Exposure Camp.

All-Lake performer TJ Schepperly is continuing his football career at Northwood University after starring at Traverse City Central.

T.S. Quick Facts:

Height / Weight: 5’8 / 185

Current College: THE Northwood University

Current/Projected Position: Wing Back(running back)

Major: Marketing/Sports Management

High School Career Highlights: My number one highlight was being able to play my senior year with my little brother. Watching him grow and develop into something special makes me a proud brother. He was a huge part of our team’s success. The other highlight would just be doing what I love with the people I love. An amazing team, a great crowd and student section, and a community that came together as one big family. The support our team  received throughout high school is what made it special. 

LMFR: What positions did you play at the high school level? What position did you believe you would be playing at the collegiate level?

TS: In high school I went to Traverse City Central and played quarterback my junior and senior year. At the college level I had no idea what I wanted to play. Didn’t have much height for QB, never really played the DB position all that much and never showed that I could run between the tackles because most of my runs were to the outside. I guess I just went in with the mindset that I was willing to play anywhere. I currently play wing back after switching over from strong safety during the fall.

LMFR: What is your current major and what do you plan to accomplish with that major once you graduate? How do you balance academics and athletics?

TS: My current major is marketing. My plan is to double major with sports promotion management and hopefully do something where I’m involved with a major sports franchise. Balancing academics with athletics is tough if you don’t stay on track. You have to be disciplined in knowing that you’re at school, number one for an education and number two, to play football. There are study halls and tutors and the coaches are always there for you if you need help. But the biggest thing is constantly reminding yourself of why you are here, and that is school and football.

LMFR: How is college football different compared to the high school level?

TS: College football is definitely tough. Not only is everyone bigger, faster, and stronger, but the overall time commitment is very intense. It’s a year round game. some days are 12 hours of just football. Offseason does not exist in college. Between the regular season and spring ball you have winter conditioning and winter workouts. The summer is the only short time away from your team and that time is used to gain a step on your opponents while they’re enjoying their summer vacation. That’s also what makes it special, because the guys that do commit to it have a true love for the game of football and want to be successful.

LMFR: Weight lifting is such a vital part in transferring from high school to college athletics, how has weight lifting helped you perform better on the field and at your specific position?

TS: In high school I was lucky enough to have some of the best strength coaches at that level for the state of Michigan. They worked extremely hard to get our weight room where it’s at today. It’s definitely up there for one of the best facilities in high school in the state. They take their job very seriously and prepare us everyday just like they do at the collegiate level. If you want to compete on the field, then you have to work hard in the weight room. College is the exact same way. The workouts are slightly more position directed. For example, the running backs, receivers, and defensive backs are more speed and explosive lifts, while the lineman have heavier, more powerful lifts.

LMFR: As a high school student-athlete attending the Lake Michigan Football Report combine, what were some things you experienced during the event that helped you reach the collegiate level?

TS: Exposure. Getting your name out for coaches to see is a huge part of the recruiting game. If they recognize you as a junior, they will be able to see how you can perform come fall. The drills at the combine are the same type of drills the coaches ask you to do when you come for your workouts so that is another huge benefit. If you know what they are asking of you, you can practice it and perform well for the coaches.

Offensive Skill Standouts from LMFR Combine

Nolan Meekhof was impressive at the 2013 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine as just a freshman. He returned in 2014 with a season of varsity ball on his resume and was even better. He’s a powerhouse 6-1, 217 sophomore running back from Grandville who brings to mind physically and stylistically another O-K Red back, Lake Area all-timer Jon Anes from East Kentwood. Meekhof twice ran 4.69 in the 40, had a 30″+ vertical and the top powerball toss over 40 feet.

Meekhof projects as either a running back or linebacker. So could Cadillac’s Michael Holdship or Caledonia’s Eddie Kelly. Holdship, a sophomore, was one of the top underclassman defensive players, but could also be  MAC fullback with his 4.68 speed at 6-0, 210.

Kelly is a 6-0, 204 junior who plays like Portage Central senior Jacob Allan, a long-stride runner who can deliver a hit with or without the ball while showing the hands of a natural receiver. Kelly had a 4.75 40  with a 32 1/2″ vertical. Caledonia should be as tough as ever if their combine contingent is an indication. 5-11, 170 junior QB Kobe Wilson looks like the kind of athlete who could transition to other positions, 6-0, 175 junior running back Logan Soule did well as did Zane Gorby. Gorby really intrigues as a 6-3, 200 sophomore tight end. He was able to create space and give a consistent target. Right now he’s all frame, and no beef.

Other standout tight ends were Trevor Raby, a 6-4, 225 Zeeland West junior making the transition from tackle; 6-2, 225 Vicksburg junior Jarrad Whited, who was one of the event’s dominant pass rushers but also took some time to work out with the offense, showing the ability to bring in the ball in traffic; 6-3, 185 junior Cole Butler, a smart, fundamentally strong player from one of Northern Michigan’s top programs, Boyne City; and from one of the top programs regardless directoin, Lowell’s 6-4, 185 junior Josh Branagan.

With Meekhof the big back of choice, it was a Woodhead type Plainwell junior Jacob Geter who was the most dominant testing player at camp. At 5-8, 170, he ran combine-best 4.37 40 with a 32 1/1″ vertical and surprisingly also one of the event’s best power ball throws. Those physical tools were evident in the actual football portion, quick in and out of cuts and shifty he was able to repeatedly juke free of would-be defenders. Plays with a lot of confidence and swagger. Geter could be this year’s Danny Bauder. Another standout small back was Reed City’s John Green, at 5-7, 175 and coming off a standout junior season. He ran a 4.65 40.

We mentioned Jon Anes. His brother Curt of course was a star QB at EK and then Grand Valley. The Falcons now have another promising signal caller in 6-2, 175 junior Kyle Frieberg. He’d be better known but for being born into the Lake Area’s epic QB class. Threw a nice deep ball and has the athleticism (4.7 speed) to make plays outside of the pocket. What really separated Frieberg was how quickly he was able to develop a rapport with the receivers he’d just met. His reps had to have had the highest completion percentage of the combine QBs. Frieberg won’t lack for weapons at EK. A couple of his teammates, 5-11, 180 junior David Cutts (with a 34 1/2″ vertical) and 5-8, 150 sophomore Shane Harris, were two of the combine’s top receivers.

Another O-K Red QB impressed, 6-2, 215 West Ottawa junior Caleb McNitt, who last season was a tight end while his older brother Jared was WO’s signal caller. If not as quarterback, Caleb will still find his way onto a college roster thanks to 4.75 speed and a 37’8 power ball toss. Oh yeah, and the 4.0 gpa never hurts the cause. McNitt has a promising target in 6-4, 190 junior Braden Carl. He’s a good receiver but not a blazer, so Scott’s best bet for the next level would be to bulk up for tight end.

Before he was hurt, Paw Paw’s Jay Doll was one of the most prolific Lake Area quarterbacks in 2014. The 6-0, 190 junior showed the tools behind the number, looks and moves like an athlete. Doll threw a tight ball though the touch varied. A couple Northern Michigan QBs pass the looks test. 6-3, 175 Baldwin junior Brandon Childress has mid-major offers in both football and basketball. His arm was evident here, though he wasn’t always on the same page as his receivers. From Elk Rapids, junior Adam Trautman could project at a bunch of positions at 6-4, 205 with a 4.84 40 and 30-inch vertical.

Solid all-around running backs were 6-0, 175 Independence, Tenn. junior Dom Childress; 5-9, 175 West Ottawa junior James Lacy; and 5-10, 210 Holland junior Elroy Payne.

Fremont sent a pair of interesting prospects with college position to be determined. 5-11, 185 junior Dylan Collis ran sharp routes and did it with 4.75 speed. 6-2, 160 Fremont sophomore Logan Heddon has an easy stride, can throw or catch, needs some explosiveness that may come with age.


#ThrowbackThursday Alumni Edition: Catching up with Comstock Park’s Jake Brown

Jake Brown - Comstock Park / Michigan Tech

All-Lake quarterback Jake Brown (Comstock Park, ’13) led the Panthers to back-to-back Division 4 state semifinal appearances before signing with Michigan Tech. Brown will finish his freshman year at Michigan Tech this spring.

Here at the Lake Michigan Football Report, it’s no secret that we love to see players from West & Northern Michigan earn opportunities to play at the collegiate level. We’ve put together a special #ThrowbackThursday Alumni Edition to showcase Lake Area alumni who are currently living out their college football dreams. We hope you enjoy the first installment featuring Comstock Park alum and current Michigan Tech Husky Jake Brown!

Jake Brown Quick Facts:

High School: Comstock Park, Class of 2013

Height / Weight: 6-0, 195 lbs.

College: Michigan Tech University

Position: Quarterback

Major: Bio-Medical Engineering

High School Career Highlights: Led team to back-to-back Division 4 state semifinal appearances; top QB at the 2012 Lake Michigan Football Report Senior Exposure Camp; 2012 All-Lake Big School QB; ran for 1100+ yards and threw for 1600 yards as a senior; appears on the all-time MHSAA record lists for pass attempts, total yardage in a season, and rushing touchdowns in a game; played for the West All-Stars in the 33rd Annual East-West All-Star Game; graduated with a 4.00+ GPA

LMFR: How is college football different compared to the high school level?

JB: College football is much more of a commitment and a much more serious game. Everyone on the team has been a star player at their high school and they all love the game of football. It is also different because there truly is no offseason. When one season ends the next season begins.

 LMFR: Your high school success brought you to the next level, what can your past high school success be attributed to?

JB: My past high school success can be completely attributed to my parents, coaches, and community. My dad got me started in football and both my parents always encouraged me to be the best I could be while also pushing me to realize that hard work was going to pay off. My high school coaches also played a big role by handing down their knowledge and helping to show me the right way to do things. And of course, Comstock Park played a great role in my high school success. If it weren’t for all the fans coming out to the games we wouldn’t have gotten the new stadium renovations that we are getting nor would playing in a playoff game at home been as fun. All the players fed off of their energy.

LMFR: What is your current major and what do you plan to accomplish with that major once you graduate? How do you balance academics and athletics?

JB: I am currently majoring in bio-medical engineering. When I graduate I would like to work with either prosthetics or in biomaterials. Balancing academics with athletics can be a little tough when going to a school like Michigan Tech. But I have learned that I have to budget my time very well and be sure that I know what I need to do each day so that all homework can be done and I can be ready for exams. My fall football schedule is very structured with practice followed at night by a mandatory study table. This also helps to keep my academics up.

LMFR: What position are you currently projected to play during this upcoming year and what are some things you are looking to contribute to the team?

JB: I am currently going to play quarterback next year. Right now it appears that I will be learning for at least one more year from our All GLIAC starter Tyler Scarlett. This season I want to learn as much as I can so that I can be ready when my number is called.

LMFR: As a high school student-athlete attending the Lake Michigan Football Report combine, what were some things you experienced during the event that helped you reach the collegiate level?

JB: At the Lake Michigan Football Report combine I first of all had a blast. It was a time for me that I could just relax and throw the ball around to a bunch of very talented athletes. It also helped me to throw to receivers that were much faster than what I was used to at times and learn to adjust. I had a blast. It is nice to be able to be looked at as a good football player at your camps rather than being looked at as an undersized talent. Lots of guys out there are “undersized” but showing out at your camps.

LMFR: Special thanks to Jake Brown for the interview! We wish you all the best!

Jake Brown - Michigan Tech Football

Defensive Standouts from LMFR Combine

Make Danil Young an honorary member or the Rat Pack. It was hard not to hum “Me and My Shadow” while watching the Grandville junior lock it down as a cover man in one-on-one drills at the Lake Michigan Football Report Combine. He was equally adept turning and going, or reading underneath routes and going into drape mode. Cover 0, Young was anything but a zero. In the testing, Young cracked the 4.6s in the 40 and one of the top five pro shuttle times. Coaches will have to determine if his agility, technique and instincts outweigh what isn’t elite burst or speed.

If Young has Westside coverage options, Northern Michigan’s playmaker as a QB or receiver but perhaps a future brightest in the defensive backfield is Ogemaw Heights‘ Ben Hartley. Rangy at 6-2, 180, ran sub-4.7; free stride, instinctive athlete. Showed off his QB pedigree with how he read and reacted to routes.

Caledonia’s 6-0, 175 junior Lougan Soule was strong off the ball and in coverage. He was part of a contingent of Caledonia players who are just tough, blue-collar all-around athletes who will find a way to contribute, like their QB 5-11, 170 senior Kobe Wilson or one of the combine’s best overall performers 6-0, 205 junior Eddie Kelly. Also from Caledonia is a sophomore linebakcer, 6-3, 200 Zane Gorby, who is he gets as fit as some of his older teammates will be trouble.

Zach VanValkenburg is touted as the next do-it-all D1 prospect after JordanVanDort from the powerhouse Zeeland West program. While he lacks the sheer mass of JVD, ZVV is impressive in his own right. He’s a 6-3, 210 Dux sophomore who worked out primarily as a hand-down 5 technique.  Flexible but coiled and quick off the snap, loves the swim move and can complete a play. Like so many underclassmen, college future will depend on if he bulks up or can can speed and prove something in pass coverage. As he adds strength could see VanValkenburg as a 4-3 middle linebacker as well.

VanValkenburg wasn’t the only underclassman D line prospect showing bursts of potential. Grand Rapids West Catholic has had an amazing run up front with Daniel Green, Mitchell Stanitzek, Bryce Windham and sophomore Carl Myers in successive classes. All four are quite different players. Myers is a 6-2, 240 two-way lineman. He tested very well for his age in both speed and strength.

The top 2015  linemen were Comstock Park’s Mike Egeler, East Kentwood’s Victor Williams and Vicksburg’s Jarrad Whited. 6-4, 225 Comstock Park junior Egeler could be the third GLIAC lineman in as many years produced by the Panthers, after former LMFR camp stars Blake Mazur (Ferris State) and Ryan Gruszka (Saginaw Valley State). They’re three different players, Mazur a big guy who’d duke it out, Gruszka just one of those guys with special sense for getting to the QB. Egeler isn’t as strong as Mazur, nor does he get lean like Gruszka. But he has a big, square frame that you can do a lot of things with, and plays stout at the point of attack. Likely a 3-4 defensive end; could also play tight end.

East Grand Rapids’s 6-2, 269 junior Victor Williams impressed both in drills and test. He mixed up moves in his pass rush, with good balance, timing and explosive strength. There was another O-K Red lineman who looked intriguing when he started to run at 6-4, 225, but West Ottawa junior Darrius Moragne pulled up lame in that very first 40 attempt and couldn’t compete the rest of the day.

Whited’s performance was no shock. He always shows up, whether as one of the top underclassman at the 2013 combine, his terrific junior season film, or working out here as a defensive and tight end. He’s sub-5.0 at 6-2, 225 with strong closing speed. Plays with a mean streak. Offensively, he took advantage of his strength to separate and also had good concentration bringing it in under duress.

He’s not the athlete of the first three 2015 lineman, but Reed City’s TJ Patterson does some good things. He’s quick and strong at a 6-3, 260 junior, a GLIAC interior guy on one side of the ball or the other. From even further up 131, 6-3, 185 Cole Butler is a sleeper prospect at linebacker, well-coached and a smooth if not explosive all-around athlete.

A couple juniors who would jump to the top of this list if they went full pads are 2013 All-Lake picks Smith Saenbouttarath from Zeeland West and Elk Rapids’ Dillon Thompson. At 5-11, 270 Saenbouttarath makes up for reach with how he gets low and is quick for his size. Thompson looks more like a linebacker at 6-0, 230, but with a built similar and pass-rush technique that reminds of former combine standout Jacob Howe (Grand Valley State).

The top middle linebacker prospects by class were West Ottawa’s 5-10, 210 junior Mason Dekker and Cadillac’s 6-0, 210 sophomore Michael Holdship. Dekker will be a three-year tackling machine in the O-K Red, better at play speed than time speed. Holdship was an impressive two-way player as only a 10th-grader on Cadillac’s historic team, and showed here the athletic bonafides as well, with a 4.68 40. He plays with pop either with or without the ball, kid’s a truck. Other 2016 linebackers to remember are 6-0, 220 Trevor Shurlow from Lowell and 6-2, 180 Jonas LaMont from Onekama. Not often you hear those schools’ football teams in the same sentence.

The top all-around testing junior linebackers were Fruitport’s 6-1, 190 Nathan Kriger and from Independence, Tenn. 6-0, 175 Dom Childress.  Kriger had the combine’s quickest shuttle time and a 4.7 40. Childress ran a 4.66 40 and looked capable both running or defending routes.

Don’t look for Lake Area D line talent to diminish. From 2017, 6-5, 225 Nate Umlor started as a freshman Allendale and competed like a varsity player. He looks the part all around, and has the wingspan you like. Another freshman, 6-4, 213 Jayk Slager from Zeeland West, ran a sub-5.0 40. Also for 2017, West Catholic’s 6-1, 192 freshman David Fox moves really well for his age, too good an athlete for the Falcons not to find a spot for him in the fall.


Underclassman All-Combine Team

QB  Tanner Christian  5-11  176  So  Caledonia
OL  Michael VanHoeven  6-5  255  So  Paw Paw
OL  Karson Murley  6-1  280  So  Lowell
OL  Mason Shirrell  6-3  215  Fr  Muskegon Orchard View
OL  Colton Overway  6-2  275  So  Zeeland West
OL  Josiah VanTil  6-1  200  Fr  Middleville
RB  Nolan Meekhof  6-1  217  So  Grandville
RB  Ryan Graham  5-10  160  Fr  East Jordan
TE  Jayk Slager  6-4  213  Fr  Zeeland West
WR  Shane Harris  5-8  150  So  East Kentwood
WR  Joe VandePol  6-1  165  Fr  Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian

DL  Carl Myers  6-2  240  So  Grand Rapids West Catholic
DL  Zach VanValkenburg  6-3  210  So  Zeeland West
DL  Nate Umlor  6-5  210  Fr  Allendale
DL  Nathan Lay  6-0  225  So  Zeeland West
DL  Keegan Cossou  6-5  200  Fr  Greenville
LB  Trevor Shurlow  6-0  200  So  Lowell
LB  Jonas LaMont  6-2  180  So  Onekama
LB  David Fox  6-1  192  Fr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
LB  Michael Holdship  6-0  210  So  Cadillac
DB  Jared Yarbrough  5-7  165  So  Paw Paw
DB  Casey Brinks  5-11  164  So  Zeeland West
DB  Marshall Kilgore  5-11  150  Fr  Comstock Park


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