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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 2015: The Lake First 50

Preliminary prospects rankings for the Lake Area’s current junior class.

  1. Bryce Wilker  6-6  280  OL  Belding
  2. Jon Keenoy  6-3  285  OL  East Kentwood
  3. Bryce Witham  6-5  225  DL/TE  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  4. Carter Masek  6-3  235  LB  East Grand Rapids
  5. Jon Wassink  6-2  185  QB  Grand Rapids South Christian
  6. Brandon Childress  6-3  185  QB  Baldwin
  7. Tyree Jackson  6-3  185  QB  Muskegon Mona Shores
  8. Travis Russell  6-3  190  QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  9. Blake Bockheim  6-4  220  TE  Grand Rapids Northview
  10. Cole VanOosten  6-7  270  OL  Kalamazoo Christian
  11. Kasey DeWitt  6-4  220  DL  Shelby
  12. Jarad Whited  6-2  225  DL/LB  Vicksburg
  13. Qi’antae Ewing  6-3  235  LB  Grand Rapids Christian
  14. Chase VanHoef  6-4  280  OL  Grand Haven
  15. Wesley French  6-5  275  DL/OL  St. Joseph
  16. Nate Couturier  5-10  150  WR  Allendale
  17. Corey Redman  6-5  180  QB  Boyne City
  18. Jack Bates  6-2  215  LB  Grand Rapids Christian
  19. Dereko Riley  5-8  170  DB/RB  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  20. Dakota Scholten  6-4  220  TE/DL  Grant
  21. Josh Branagan  6-4  210  TE  Lowell
  22. DeKurtis Murphy  6-5  295  OL/DL  St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
  23. Mikey Roth  5-11  185  QB  East Grand Rapids
  24. Mitchell Quakkelaar  6-3  245  OL/DL  Grand Rapids South Christian
  25. Danil Young  5-11  165  DB  Grandville
  26. Nick Marosi  6-2  185  WR  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  27. Malik Swain  6-2  280  DL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  28. Chase Herrington  6-3  210  LB  Greenville
  29. Joviear Kennedy  6-3  180  WR  Muskegon
  30. Juwan Jarnegan  6-0  220  DL  Grand Rapids Christian
  31. Josh Colegrove  6-0  220  DL  Lowell
  32. Trevor Raby  6-4  235  OL  Zeeland West
  33. Tommy Brown  6-2  265  DL/OL  Grand Rapids Northview
  34. Marty Ward  5-9  200  LB  Niles Brandywine
  35. Sam Heyboer  6-4  200  WR  Grand Rapids South Christian
  36. Alezay Coleman  5-9  175  DB  Muskegon
  37. Smith Saenbouttarah  6-0  245  OL/DL  Zeeland West
  38. Mike Parker  6-0  170  WR/DB  Muskegon Orchard View
  39. Eric VanVoorst  6-2  180  DB/WR  Grand Rapids South Christian
  40. Seth Tice  6-2  265  OL  Traverse City Central
  41. Tony Curry  6-5  300  OL/DL  Muskegon Oakridge
  42. TJ Patterson  6-3  250  OL  Reed City
  43. Corey Westra  5-9  175  RB  Zeeland West
  44. Mason Opple  6-2  195  QB  Hudsonville
  45. Andrew Duckett  6-1  175  ATH  Niles Brandywine
  46. Sam Beal  6-2  170  WR  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
  47. Ben Hartley  6-2  180  ATH  West Branch Ogemaw Heights
  48. Caleb Brinks  6-1  280  OL  Hudsonville Unity Christian
  49. Adam Trautman  6-4  200  ATH  Elk Rapids
  50. Zach Hellman  6-4  220  DL/OL  Muskegon Mona Shores

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

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

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

Senior Exposure Camp Standouts: QBs, Receivers and DBs

Darius Sanderford, a 5-10, 180 senior, was the best cover man in camp. The Ann Arbor Pioneer senior’s 4.5-second 40-yard tied him for the fastest in camp. He was physical, aggressive and cocky enough to come back to make plays if he’d been beat the time before. Sanderford had some terrific mathups with Terrill Wilburn, a 5-6, 150 St. Joseph senior who ran a 4.7 40. Tweak the grades a bit, and Sanderford will have some options. Wilfburn, who had three picks in the regular season, was one of two good St. Joe DBs at camp, along with senior Warren Clark.

Yet another of the Ottawa Hills contingent that looked sharp was Kennedy Akins, a 6-0, 175 senior.

“He has greats size,” one of the coaches said. “He’s long and he can run.”

Kyle Blough played tight end for Lowell as a 6-3, 190 senior. Like his versatility, can also split wide or play running back. Typical fundamentals you’d expect from a Red Arrow, Blough made a good target, saw ball and adjusted accordingly and caught it away from his body. Ran a 4.9 40. A similar do-it-all guy who excelled as a pass rusher in the fall but may work best at receiver is Grandville’s Josh Ham, a 6-3, 180 senior.

While he doesn’t play at a big school like Blugh and Ham, Saugatuck senior Joseph Koscielski is a big man at 6-4, 220. He was a running back and linebacker for the Indians, looks like a tight end or H back. Other tight end possibilities are Petoskey’s Anthony Duran, who went both ways for the Northmen and looks the part at 6-2, 220 with a 4.86 40, and  Reed City’s 6-2, 200 Kyle Wright, who caught the ball well all day.

Alex Zimmerman was consistent and dialed in every play, going either way. He’s a 5-11, 165 receiver and defensive back. Sure-handed, he was one of the few athletes to excel at the two-ball receiving drill. Ran 4.7. Coached up and consistent.Grades, test scores help his chances. Ionia’s Colin Prominski is a big, physical receiver at 6-1, 200 with a 4.86 40.

There were a number or senior receivers who you wish were a bit faster, but are productive because of routes and hands like 6-1, 185 Colin Calloway from East Kentwood, 5-11, 175 Tyler McClanahan from Grayling, 5-9 155 Dustin Hejka from East Jordan. Same thing on the defensive side for Comstock Park’s pair of 5-11, 180 Sam “Lucky” LaRoche, an All-Lake pick from their undefeated regular season, and 5-10, 165 Jimmy Whalen. Forest Hills Eastern’s record-setting receiver Sam Harrison has similar skills to those guys, but a bit quicker with a 4.78 40 at 6-0, 180.

The camps two top senior QBs were from Northern Michigan, Grayling’s 6-0, 210 Jake Swander and Reed City’s 6-0, 165 Chad Samuels. Swander arrived and departed on crutches and in a boot, but in between put in a couple good hours of work.

“(Swander) reminds me of Mark Brunnell, a lefty. He could make all the throws,” a coach said. “I asked him to do a five-step drop, he did and just let if fly.”

Samuels is a good athlete (scored 37 points in Reed City’s hoops opener), has a winner’s pedigree off two strong Coyotes teams, and throws a nice ball. Slight frame is all that may give coaches pause.

One of the most intriguing players in camp was Lowell’s 6-1, 190 QB Kyler Shurlow. No one had fatter stats in the fall — or a higher GPA. Not a college quarterback, but someone will find a place for him, just a damn good football player, and strong for his size. Hudsonville Unity Christian’s Tyce Dykstra is another QB who may end up someplace else, a good athlete at 6-2, 175.

Senior Exposure Camp Standouts: Running backs and Linebackers

College coaches aren’t as open-minded when recruiting skill talent from the Lake Area, so there are more highly ranked running backs still on the board for 2014 than linemen. But the next Joe the Show is just waiting to happen. West Michigan’s twoleading rushers both performed at the Senior Exposure Camp, Zeeland West’s 5-9, 185 Danny Bauder and Wayland Union’s 5-9, 190 Michael Miklusicak.

Bauder may have the best resume of any of the Lake Area’s uncommitted seniors, fresh off a state championship with Zeeland West and with a 10.6 electronic 100 meters in the spring. So speed is no concern, though he didn’t get the good start in the 40 like he did at our prior events. What he did during his senior season should alleviate concern that Bauder is just a track guy in a football costume. He’s a player, and competed hard in every rep. Will he be a running back? He caught it well enough in drills you could see Bauder as a slot receiver, or defensively on the corners as he has the build and wheels for it.

It’s not quite the dreaded friend zone, but Miklusicak may be put in the fullback zone because he’s wide, can catch, secure with the ball and ran a 4.9 40. Pass blocking remains to be seen, as that wasn’t too common given Wayland’s dominant running game. Good grades aid the cause.

Two running backs ran 4.5 40s. Thais Grays is Elk Rapids’ answer to Western Michigan’s Dareyon Chance, at 5-5, 180. Like the other running back at 4.5, Grand Rapids Northview’s 5-8, 158 Brandon Lawrence, an out-of-state juco may be the best option.

Shaquille Mobley is a good-looking athlete who came over from Belleville. He was listed as a running back but maybe more natural as a receiver. Lanky and quick at 6-0, 180, was able to high-point the ball and ran a 4.75 40.

Gull Lake’s Odell Miller was the camp’s top linebacker prospect and Byron Center’s Alexander Lake the best pass rusher. They worked out with the defensive linemen so are profiled there. There were some other good ones. 6-1, 190 senior Kody Bauswell was the leading tackler for the Hudsonville team that made a Divisoin 1 playoff run. He has a 30+ ACT and ran a 4.8 40. Middleville’s Kameryn Kidder looked good both on defense or as a tight end. Not just fast with a 4.8 40-yard dash, but was quick at 6-2, 220. A 5-11, 200 senior who ran a 4.9 40, Jahara Phillips was Ottawa Hills’ leading tackler in the fall. Coaches loved the closing speed from 5-10, 200 Evart senior Robert Young-Burge. Easy to see how he led Evart with 14 tackles a game. Ottawa Hills senior Jeffery Hudgins is 6-0, 185 and ran a 4.7 40. It’s hard to pencil him into a position just yet, but Grandville senior Josh Ham can help someone because at 6-2, 180 he plays bigger and tougher, can rush the passer or catch the ball. Otsego’s 6-1, 190 senior McLane May has some possibilities as he can both blitz and cover. He ran a 4.9 40.

A two-way linebacker-running back to remember is Marty Ward, a 5-10, 210 junior from Niles Brandywine.

Cory Carr, Trevor Martin Lead Line Contingent at Senior Exposure Camp

Combine some descendants of large nationalities in West Michigan; country strong farm stock; good coaching with winning programs; and an ethos that would rather do it than talk about it, not surprisingly the Lake Area consistently produces college and pro offensive linemen. Fittingly, it was a line prospect, Portage Central’s Cory Carr fresh off a state semifinal appearance with Portage Central, who brought a different level of energy to, and left the coaches impressed at, the Senior Exposure Camp. It’s easy to see how he was a core two-way player for one of the best teams in school history. Sometimes it sounded like they were in pads when Carr hit em. He’s an athletic, tough guard at 6-1, 240. Physical, naturally strong kid, Carr won all his one-on-ones, even against one of the day’s dominant defenders, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills senior Malik Green.

Carr also had some nice matchups with a fellow quick, physical from an undefeated regular season team, Cadillac senior Trevor Martin. Martin moves well at 6-1, 265, tough and finished plays because he kept his balance and feet going through the initial hit. He was a first-team D lineman in the Big North, meaning he has gotten the job done against some of the top O line prospects in the state. He also played some offense for Cadillac, guard in goal line situations. Carr was the top offensive lineman, Martin the best defensive lineman, at camp. Watching them up close, explains a lot about their teams’ success this fall. Justin Liptak was Martin’s senior teammate from the Cadillac team that pushed Comstock Park to the last play of the D4 regionals. It was Liptak’s first healthy season and made a difference for the Vikings. He’s not explosive, but solid and smoothly athletic with a terrific frame, 6-4, 220. Liptak worked out with the tight ends, good target though fought the ball a couple times. With his good grades, D3s should love this kid because he has the size and attitude, work ethic he showed to get back from the shoulder injury, to potentially fill a lot of roles.

Malik Green was amongst a strong contingent of Ottawa Hills seniors, a group that made up for average physical size with energy and speed. Green only ran a 5.3 40 but was very quick at 5-7, 200 and gave the bigger linemen fits. Size will make coaches pause, but this is a player for right fit. Liked the motor and strength on another Ottawa Hills senior Rajamon Watkins, 5-10, 250 with a 5.0 50.  Owen Schafer, from Pewamo-Westphalia, is another guy built like a linebacker who gave bigger guys fits with his quick feet. Ditto Josiah Buys, a 6-1, 185 Lowell senior, with good technique and quick hands, he was hard to get into.

Byron Center senior Alexander Lake didn’t just have an appropriate last name for this camp, he looked like the top pass rusher. Good lean, violent hands at 6-2, 225 and a 5.0 40. Lake is built like a long, outside linebacker, if he can contain consistently becomes that much more valuable.

We’d seen him excel in AAU basketball and were excited to see what Gull Lake senior Odell Miller can do under the helmet. He’s still raw, but with a rebuilt, trim 6-4, 230 chassis and running a 4.9 40, there’s all kinds of utility value with Miller — down or up; middle, strong or outside LB; or maybe tight end. Didn’t always stay low, but when he did showed good quickness and an effective rip move. Frame to put on a lot of college muscle. And he hasn’t lost the hoop touch, scoring 18 in Gull Lake’s opener.

The talent level is rising in the Lake Michigan Conference. Even East Jordan has legit guys, like 6-0, 245 senior Ben Walton. He moonlighted as a fullback rushing for 700 yards, to the eternal jealousy of some of the other D linemen in his drill group. His future is as a 3 technique, he can beat you with the bull rush or his quickness. Keeps driving to occupy his man.

Muskegon Reeths-Puffer had talent at every level during its playoff season, and their seniors well-represented with offensive linemen Stephen Hanson and Matt Hoover, and Big School All-Lake defensive lineman Buck Tottingham. Hanson has some edge to go with his size at 6-4, 285. Much improved over the past year — more agile, smooth and assured — he was the best pure tackle prospect at camp. Good kick and consistently steered his man off path. Hoover was Reeths-Puffer’s other tackle. You wish he were taller at 5-11, 285, but love the initial push and how regularly he gets his hands in there. He’ll have to play on the interior and while he has the pop as a blocker, may not have the speed to pull. Maybe center? Wayland’s 6-1, 245 senior Colton VanDyke was the top center in camp. He’s another who won’t impress in a 40, but is explosive in short spaces. A bit undersized, but competitive, blue-collar blocker.

From two of the smallest schools, both in the SWAC North, came two of the camp’s biggest, strongest players, 6-4, 300 Saugatuck senior Cameron White and 6-1, 255 senior Adam Harris. Both have added value as long snappers. Harris is physically solid, did as well as any of the offensive lineman at consistently staying in his cylinder in pass protect and won the leverage game. From the other side of the Metropolitan Holland area, West Ottawa senior Cody VanTubergen was one of the pleasant surprises at camp. He was a 6-4, 235 defensive end for the Panthers, with surprising 4.9 speed. Quick off his stance for a big kid. Good frame just not in 100-percent shape but easy to fix.

When we had him at our Big Rapids combine, the local kid Brandon Hutson worked out primarily on defense. Now he’s plying his trade on the offensive line. Even when he was thinking things through, footwork was pretty smooth. A project but will mix it up at 6-1, 240, similar in size and ability to Cory Carr, just not at his level with technique and consistency.

Intriguing because he’s only a junior is Greenville’s 6-4, 255 senior Steve Eipper. He plays like Grand Rapids South Christian’s Todd Postma, big, wide and strong at the point of attack.

Senior Exposure Camp Updates – COMING SOON!

Today is the day!

The Lake Michigan Football Report’s “Senior Exposure Camp” is officially in the books. Thanks to all of the student-athletes, high school coaches, families, friends, fans, college coaches, and camp staff who helped make the day a success! Stay tuned for our recap of this exciting event! Follow us on Twitter @TheLakeFootball for up-to-the-moment updates.

Prospects Have Coaches Curious For Sunday’s Senior Exposure Camp

College football teams are made in December, as teams fill their recruiting classes leading up to the February 5 National Signing Day. With that date looming, for the second year the Lake Michigan Football Report’s Senior Exposure Camp gives college coaches the chance to observe and meet over 100 prospects in one spot. The event will be held 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 8 at Woodland Sportsplex in Grand Rapids.

Note: Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available for walk-up participants.

No one plays better football than in the Lake Area, so there will be ample talent, local and beyond, competing. Here are 15 seniors that the college coaches are excited to see Sunday in Grand Rapids.

Danny Bauder  5-9  190  Sr  RB/DB  Zeeland West
He’s long been an LMFR cult hero for his ability to rip off 4.4 40s like they’re dollar bills. The entire state got to see what the Bauder Buzz was about during Zeeland West’s trek to the Division 3 state title. For the year he rushed for 1,796 yards and 28 TDs.

Jake Bush  5-11  175  Sr  RB  Comstock Park
He’s part of a strong Comstock Park camp contingent which also includes DBs Sam LaRoche and Jimmy Whalen. As a senior Bush had 1,875 yards and 28 TDs running and catching.

Cory Carr  6-1  240  Sr  DL/OL  Portage Central
Portage Central had a lot going for it, going undefeated until the Division 2 semifinals. Even amidst a talented group, Carr stood out with his motor, enthusiasm and old school football gene.

Stephen Hanson  6-4  285  Sr  OL  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
Reeths-Puffer had one of the Lake Area’s toughest lines, and both tackles will be in the house Sunday, Hanson and 5-11, 285 Matt Hoover.

Sam Harrison  6-0  180  Sr  WR  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
The QBs should get to know Harrison early. He’ll make them look good after a prolific career at Forest Hills Eastern, where he and another camp participant, David Andrusiak, helped the FHE become one of the Lake Area’s most improved teams in the Lake Area in coach Eddie Ostopow’s first season.

Joseph Koscielski  6-4  220  Sr  ATH  Saugatuck
A similarly-sized running back with the physical tools to project all over, and hailing from a Class C Lake Michigan resort town, Harbor Springs’ David Walker is one of the state’s top prospects in 2014. It will be interesting to see how the big fella runs.

Alexander Lake  6-2  225  Sr  LB  Byron Center
Should help himself in this environment, as Lake looks the part out of his pads. Major league pass rush threat from one of the Lake Area’s surprise playoff teams.

Justin Liptak  6-4  220  Sr  TE  Cadillac
The Lake Area’s best Northern Michigan team will have a couple of its main cogs taking the trip down 131, Liptak and lineman Trevor Martin.

Tyler McClanahan  5-11  175  Sr  WR  Grayling
The Lake Area’s most productive pitch-catch combo will be putting it up in Grand Rapids, with McClanahan and Grayling QB Jake Swander. McClanahan led the Lake area with 80 catches for 1,223 yards and 18 TDs.

Michael Miklusicak  5-9  190  Sr  RB  Wayland
There’s a strong running back contingent headed for the camp, and Milusicak takes a backseat to none of them after rushing for 1,821 yards and 14 TDs.

Odell Miller  6-4  230  Sr  LB/TE  Gull Lake
Miller reconstructed his body, and with increased mobility excelled as a stand-up linebacker, leading Gull Lake in tackes.

Jahara Phillips  5-11  200  Sr  LB  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
There’s a large camp contingent from Ottawa Hills, which had its first winning season since 2009. Phillips was their leading tackler.

Kyler Shurlow  6-1  190  Sr  QB/DB  Lowell
He’s always done well in combine environments. Oh, not to mention the football field, where as a senior Shurlow threw for 1,944 yards and 28 TDs and ruan for 889 yards and 18 TDs. A lot going for him as a recruit, as an athlete and student.

Ben Walton  6-0  245  Sr  DL/RB  East Jordan
The Lake Michigan Conference was as strong at it has been, for having college-quality talent and not just stockpiled at one or two schools. Walton is indicative of that positive trend, a powerhouse at nose tackle or fullback.

Alex Zimmerman  5-11  165  Sr  WR/DB  West Ottawa
We liked him back at our July combine at Stevensville Lakeshore, and Zimmerman didn’t disappoint once the pads went on, leading WO in receiving against a rugged schedule.


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