Senior Exposure Camp: Skill position standouts

Brandon Anderson was the fastest player at last springs LMFR Combine, and again showed off his wheels with a camp second-best 4.46-second 40 time. It’s easy to see how the 5-10, 160 senior averaged over 20 yards per catch during the season for Cassopolis. A versatile playmaker who can come out of the backfield, lineup wide, or contribute in the defensive side. Combine that talent with his strong grades, and Anderson remains one of the most recruit-able available prospects in the Lake Area.

The top 40 time belonged to Antonio Postell, a 5-10, 160 senior from Battle Creek Central, befitting an athlete who was his league champion in the 100 and 200 meters last spring.

After their regional playoff game, Ithaca coach Terry Hessbrook said Montague’s Jake Jancek may have got off the line as any receiver they’ve faced, and the Yellowjackets have seen some talent over their decade of dominance. It was quickly apparent why Jancek earned that kind of praise. A smooth, natural receiver who looked like he’d played with the camp quarterbacks all season, not just met 5 minutes prior. The 5-10, 175 senior ran back-to-back 4.6 40s and showed additional athleticism going airborne to corral balls, once snatching the ball off the top of the defensive back’s helmet. Jancek’s 4.0 gpa just sweetens the deal for college coaches.

An ideal complement to smaller, speed guys like Anderson and Jancek is Blake Keller, a 6-3, 175 Hudsonville senior. Also a college baseball prospect, and that hand-eye ability was evident as he caught everything. Uses his size well and high-points the ball. Keller had the most impressive catch of the workout, battling tough defense while going to the ground and bringing home a live 50/50 ball.

Stevensville Lakeshore’s Damien King formed one of the Lake Area’s top receiving duos in the fall with Connor Brawley. King looks the part, a 6-4, 190 long strider. He struggled with some drops at camp, but that shouldn’t be a concern given his track record he had 25 catches and five touchdowns during the regular season. With his frame and 4.9 speed, may project best as a college tight end.

A number of running backs turned in 40 times of 4.7 seconds or less — 5-8, 170 Keggan Benkhardt of Kenowa Hills; 5-10, 190 Jared Evans from Grant; 5-11, 185 Jared Evans of Grant; 6-11, 185 James Paulin of Ionia; and 6-1, 205 Jake Rajala all the way from Houghton.

Defensive backs and receivers coaches liked included 5-9, 170 Nathan Goralski of Romeo; 5-9, 160 Damyon Wedge of Allegan; and 5-11, 175 Aiden Nelson of Morley Standwood.

The receivers at camp benefited greatly from catching balls from a pair of talented quarterbacks. 6-2, 210 senior Jackson Pollack led Williamston to a Division 4 district title in the fall. Even in the interactions with receivers at the camp you could see some of the charisma and leadership qualities inherent to the QB position. Thickand strong college-ready body and threw a tight ball that he was able to place where defenders didn’t have a chance. It can be tough for small school quarterbacks to make the jump to the next level, so it’s understandable that Merrill’s 6-4, 185 senior Jake Knierim also listed himself for coaches as a running back and could contribute on the other side of the ball, but man what an arm. He threw the best deep ball at camp, just like he did at the LMFR Combine last spring.

 

 

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All-Lake Area Division 3-4

Offense

OL Brandon Rake  6-7  240  Sr  Whitehall
OL Karsen Barnhart  6-6  280  Jr  Paw Paw
OL Cole Schut  6-4  270  Sr  Holland
OL Spencer Holstege  6-4  265  Jr  Grand Rapids South Christian
OL Marquis Cooper  6-2  310  Jr  Muskegon
TE Brandon Kramer  6-3  220  Sr  Cedar Springs
QB Isaac Dykema  6-2  205  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
RB Thomas Griggs  5-10  210  Sr  Wyoming Kelloggsville
RB James Daniel  5-9  175  Sr  Belding
WR Clinton Jefferson  6-0  175  Sr  Muskegon
WR Hunter Spence  5-9  160  Sr  Comstock Park

Defense

DL Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Sr  Dowagiac  Grand Valley State
DL Aiden Burns  6-2  215  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
DL Nico Leasher  6-3  250  Sr  Plainwell
DL Marshawn Kneeland  6-4  200  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
LB Boone Bonnema  6-3  215  Jr  Zeeland East
LB Toby Hulst  6-1  220  Sr  Grand Rapids South Christian
LB Chris Griffin  5-10  200  Sr  Edwardsburg
LB Ross Bolman  6-1  200  Jr  Zeeland West
DB Marvin Harwell  5-10  165  Sr  Muskegon
DB Anthony Ladd  5-10  190  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
DB Sean Branch  5-10  175  Sr  Stevensville Lakeshore

All-Lake Area Division 1-2

Offense

  • OL Cody Carone  6-4  295  Sr  Rockford  Ferris State
  • OL Dan VanOpstall  6-6  240  Sr  Jenison
  • OL Chuckie Anthony  6-1  295  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • OL Max Godsil  6-6  260  Sr  Portage Central
  • OL Swayer Perkette  5-10  220  Sr  Traverse City West
  • TE Kyle Nyboer  6-1  225  Sr  Grandville
  • QB Tristan Robbins  5-11  175  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • RB Sincere Dent  5-11  210  Jr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • RB Seankeese Townsend  5-10  185  Sr  West Ottawa
  • WR Tate Hallock  6-3  175  Jr  Forest Hills Central
  • WR Keyshawn Summerville  6-0  165  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores

Defense

  • DL Seth Hoonhorst  6-3  275  Sr  Hudsonville
  • DL Mazi Smith  6-3  305  Jr  East Kentwood
  • DL Elijah Gurley  6-3  240  Sr  Forest Hills Central
  • LB Jace Thornton  6-2  210  Sr  Forest HIlls Central
  • LB DeAnthony Davis  5-10  175  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • LB Khale Showers  5-11  175  Sr  Rockford
  • LB Gino Romanelli  5-11  200  Sr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  • DB Marcus Remtema  6-0  175  Sr  Rockford  Grand Valley State
  • DB Addison Buckius  6-3  200  Sr  Lowell
  • DB Darius Pruitt  6-3  205  Sr  Kalamazoo Central
  • DB Terry O’Connor  6-3  210  Sr  Traverse City Central

All-Lake Area Defense 2017

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The leading tackler on the Lake Area’s top team, Muskegon junior Ali’vonta Wallace.

Defensive MVP
Ali’Vonta Wallace  6-1  230  Jr  Muskegon: The Lake Area’s No. 1 rated 2019 prospect, ahead of a handful of linemen with Power 5 offers, Wallace justifies his accolades with production on the field. He was the leading tackler for Muskegon, which goes into the Division 2 state final undefeated having shut out the majority of its opponents while allowing an average of just a touchdown per game.

  • DL Eli Jackson  6-0  300  Sr  Muskegon
  • DL Adam Berghorst  6-7  250  Jr  Zeeland East
  • DL Max Lundeen  6-4  240  Sr  East Grand Rapids
  • LB Liam Cavanagh  6-4  210  Sr  West Ottawa
  • LB Nathaniel Mitchell  6-0  245  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • LB Joel Wilson  6-4  205  Sr  Petoskey
  • LB Brett Taylor  5-11  225  Sr  Comstock Park
  • DB Willie Shanks  6-2  185  Sr  Muskegon
  • DB Bryce Clay  5-10  190  Sr  Forest Hills Central
  • DB Connor Bolthouse  5-11  190  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • DB Matt Martin  5-7  155  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores

All-Lake Area Offense 2017

 

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Senior quarterback La’darius Jefferson led Muskegon undefeated into the Division 3 state final.

Offensive MVP
La’darius Jefferson  6-2  215  Sr  QB  Muskegon: His sophomore season was played in Mississippi, though any SEC quarterbacking roots that may have taken hold would link Jefferson more to Tebow or Prescott than Eli. A powerhouse dual threat behind the state’s top line, a combination that has resulted in the most prolific offense in the history of the state’s winningest program. In leading Muskegon to the D3 state final, Jefferson ran for 1,838 yards and 29 TDs and threw for 1,208 yards and 21 TDs with two interceptions. Those numbers are modest compared to what they could have been had Muskegon not blown out nearly its entire schedule. Jefferson originally committed to undefeated Central Florida but re-opened his recruitment after being offered by resurgent top 25 MSU — though as an “athlete” and not necessarily a QB.

  • OL Jalen Mayfield  6-5  245  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Michigan
  • OL Anthony Bradford  6-5  6-5  330  Jr  Muskegon
  • OL Matt Stefanski  6-3  315  Sr  Frankfort
  • OL Antwan Reed  6-6  315  Sr  Muskegon  Penn State
  • OL Logan Brown  6-6  285  Jr  East Kentwood  Wisconsin
  • TE Ryan Hayes  6-7  250  Sr  Traverse City West  Michigan
  • QB Susu Davenport  6-1  175  Sr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  • RB Nolan Fugate  6-1  210  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • RB Jo Jo Whitley  5-10  175  Sr  Comstock Park
  • WR Xavier Wade  6-3  180  Sr  West Ottawa
  • WR Bryant Kieft  6-3  205  Sr  Watervliet

 

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 12

Class of 2018

Christian Balanda  6-6  275  Sr  OL/DL  Forest Hills Central: Noteworthy basically for his size alone as a junior, he’s become a legitimate player as a senior, the starting right tackle for an undefeated Rangers team in the D2 state semifinals. Does a good job shooting his hands and keeping them inside. Balanda is a better run blocker than in pass protection where lack of flexibility and quickness show through and he can struggle holding the edge against athletic rushers. Shows decent instincts in stints at defensive tackle. Size and experience against high-end competition will give him a shot at the next level.

Seth Davis  5-9  175  Sr  ATH  Ithaca: Saw him live in the regional at Montague and loved the production and toughness. An edge guy for Ithaca and perfect at it for the high school level, as he’s able to pressure the quarterback or drop back and make plays in coverage. Made big third- and fourth-down stops, had a crucial interception and return, recovered a fumble and had a long reception of his own. Probably safety at the college level.

Cole Schut  6-4  270  Sr  OL  Holland: Like Balanda above, another lineman who made a big jump in improvement as a senior, but is more ready-made and less of a project. Schut is a return starter at left tackle who helped Holland make a playoff appearance. Committed to Grand Valley State over offers from Hillsdale, Drake, Bucknell, Morehead State and Concordia. Quick, aggressive first step as a run blocker. What he lacks in wingspan he makes up for in speed, technique, base/balance and high game IQ working angles and leverage.

Class of 2019 

Preston Johnson  6-3  170  Jr  WR  Reed City: Reed City is going to run it mostly and who can blame them the Coyotes are in the Division 5 semifinals. That makes Johnson often a blocker. But you have to like his physical profile and long, smooth stride. He had a 60-yard TD catch in the regular season against Tri-County.

Class of 2020

Josh Priebe  6-4  265  So  OL  Edwardsburg: Zeeland West is home, but Edwardsburg continues to represent Lake Area wing-T offenses in the playoffs, with a return appearance to the semifinals. Preibe is the right guard on a line that just man-handled Lansing Sexton in the regional, rolling up 353 rushing yards and 52 points. He moves really well for his size and age and is good at creating the horizontal lanes you want from the wing-T. If Priebe wasn’t out-quacking Sexton’s shorter, squatter D linemen to gain pad level advantage, he was pulling or getting into the second level and dwarfing the Big Reds’ linebackers. Plays with some attitude and swagger, which isn’t common among young big guys. One of the Lake Area’s top interior line prospects in the 2020 group.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 11

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Xavier Wade and West Ottawa play Clarkston Saturday.

Class of 2018

Xavier Wade  6-3  180  Jr  WR  West Ottawa: It was a perfect convergence for Wade, who in Ryan Oshnock’s two seasons as West Ottawa’s coach has thrived in the system. He’s had a career that rivals any receiver in O-K Red history. As a junior Wade put up big numbers and flashed talent. As a senior he’s a better football, quicker into top gear of that smooth, long stride, and doing it for the first district championship team in school history. He had 11 catches for 185 yards and a TD in the district final win over Rockford. Wade was also the starting point guard on the school’s first-ever district champion basketball team. One of myriad targets for QB Isaac VanDyk. Good size and ball skills who is just too big a target coming out of the slot against one-on-one coverage he can heat you up with underneath routes but also can break long and make catches on the move. Could be an All-MAC player in four years. He was the top available senior in the Lake Area before La’darius Jefferson decommitted from Central Florida.

Lake Area Top 25 Seniors

  1. Jalen Mayfield  6-5  250  OL/DL  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Michigan
  2. La’darius Jefferson  6-2  210  ATH  Muskegon  Michigan State
  3. Ryan Hayes  6-7  260  ATH  Traverse City West  Michigan
  4. Antwan Reed  6-7  300  OL  Muskegon
  5. Xavier Wade  6-3  180  WR  West Ottawa
  6. Nolan Fugate  6-1  190  RB  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  7. Cade Peterson  6-5  190  QB  Maple City Glen Lake  Grand Valley State
  8. Jason Whittaker  6-5  200  QB  Rockford  Northwestern
  9. Braeden Childress  6-4  215  TE  Big Rapids
  10. Joel Wilson  6-4  205  Edge  Petoskey
  11. Susu Davenport  6-1  175  ATH  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  12. Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Edge  Dowagiac  Grand Valley State
  13. Eli Jackson  6-1  275  DL  Muskegon
  14. Cody Carone  6-3  295  OL  Rockford  Ferris State
  15. Keontae Watson  6-5  260  OL  Muskegon Mona Shores
  16. Christian Brooks  6-2  220  LB  North Muskegon
  17. Jacob Wohlgemuth  6-5  300  DL  Wyoming Kelloggsville
  18. Dan VanOpstall  6-6  230  DL/OL  Jenison
  19. Brett Taylor  5-10  220  LB  Comstock Park
  20. CJ Jefferson  6-0  175  ATH  Muskegon
  21. Willie Shanks  6-2  185  DB  Muskegon
  22. Marcus Remtema  6-0  185  DB  Rockford  Grand Valley State
  23. Brandon Anderson  5-10  155  WR/RB  Cassopolis
  24. Keyshaun Summerville  6-0  165  WR/DB  Muskegon Mona Shores
  25. Darius Pruitt  6-3  185  DB  Kalamazoo Central

Class of 2019

Boone Bonnema  6-3  215  Jr  LB/TE  Zeeland East: One of two FBS prospects on defense (Chix junior D-end Adam Berghorst was recently offered by WMU) who’ll be returning in 2018 for what should be another very good Zeeland East team. Bonnema is already a three-year starter. In any high school games he’s one of the biggest, most athletic kids on the field, and he plays up to that profile. He’s best when going full throttle, blitzing and making life hard on QBs or taking on blockers. He embraces the physical confrontation not much subtlety to it whether from his middle linebacker spot or coming out from his H-back spot to hit his corresponding defenders .Best college fit may be as ted linebacker in traditional 3-4. His main value on offense is as a blocker, he runs kind of looping routes but is athletic to make plays after the catch.

Enrique Gonzalez  6-4  185  Jr  ATH  Jenison: Received his varsity baptism against an at times brutal 2017 schedule — Forest Hills Central, Mona Shores, Muskegon, West Ottawa. In this case ‘athlete’ means ‘tweener.’ He’s a safety and receiver for the Wildcats. With frame and versatility could end up a linebacker or tight end.Tends to play too upright, so he’ll face the tough task of putting on strength while increasing flexibility to get the college coaches noticing.

Bryce Stark  5-11  175  Jr  RB  Montague:  Fittingly given the surname Stark, he’s played his best with winter coming. He ran for 254 yards and four TDs in a 47-0 opening round win over Lakeview then 227 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-13 district final against Kent City. For the year Stark has 161 rushing attempts for 1,501 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’ll see his toughest defense yet in the regional with Ithaca, which is strong on all three levels. Montague spreads it out but uses a power running game with Stark the only back. He’s a quick cut-back runner with good power for his size and the speed to finish, especially at the small-school level. Will have to show coaches he can catch the ball, though to his credit Stark’s only reception this year went for a TD.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 10

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Holland senior Luke Buckman is one of the Lake Area’s top tight end recruits for the 2018 class.

Class of 2018

Luke Buckman  6-5  225  Sr  TE  Holland: Luke’s older brother Wade Buckman was a Holland QB now a tight end at Purdue. The younger sibling made the switch earlier, as a junior when he had the height and skill position but not the strength. Now that he’s put on weight, Buckman was one of the most improved players in the Lake Area for a Holland team eliminated in the D3 opening round by Muskegon. Solid both in his routes and hands, what makes Buckman an attractive prospect for the next level is that he combines a fondness and toughness for blocking to go with his ball skills.

Kenyon Story  6-2  260  Sr  DL  Breckenridge: From outside the usual coverage area but a nice small town story, no pun intended, as Breckenridge just won the first playoff game in school history. Story is a two-way tackle whose future is on the defensive side. Fits the profile of so many players from small rural schools who have slipped onto GLIAC rosters and left as starters and all-league. What makes Story so promising is his somewhat unexpected speed. There are two more recruitable linemen in Breckenridge’s junior class 6-4, 240 junior Schriver Miller and 6-1, 250 junior Hunter Smith the Huskies’ leading tackler.

Class of 2019

Noah Evers  6-3  260  Jr  OL  Plainwell: When a Wolverine Conference can knock an O-K team out of the playoffs it’s a quality W and Plainwell did just that in the opening round against South Christian. Evers is Plainwell’s left tackle and while he doesn’t project to that spot for college he’s perfect for their power running game because he’s compact and violent in small spaces. Toughness and can run a little bit, projects as a guard.

Jack Haverdink  6-4  260  Jr  OL  Portage Northern: One of the best linemen to come out of the Lake Area in the 1980s, Jack’s father Kevin Haverdink went from Hamilton (also the starting center on the Hawkeyes’ state championship basketball team) to outstanding teams at WMU and then the Saints. The younger Haverdink will be a three-year starter at left tackle for the Huskies. Tough run blocker because he’s big and strong at point of attack. Has some skill as well not just mauling guys, he’s able to get pad level on smaller ends and use angles to redirect him. That technique is about all you can project to his pass protection. If he’s able to play upright as well at camps, it’s not inconceivable Haverdink gets Big Ten interest.

Gio Weeks  6-0  170  Jr  RB  Kent City: Catalyst of the first team in school history to have an undefeated regular season. Kent City’s biggest test will come in the district final against fellow D6 unbeaten Montague and a junior running back star to counter Weeks in Bryce Stark. Weeks has plus speed for high school let alone for a Class C school and he’s easily able to the corners to get perpendicular again to the end zone and attack. Weeks gives you more than that because he’s also a tough runner between tackles. Can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a threat returning kicks. It can be hard for small-school backs to break through to the college ranks, but with Weeks’ speed — school-record sprinter — he could be able to separate himself on recruiters’ lists in the future as he does now from defenses.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 9

Class of 2018

Ethan Ancick  6-6  215  Sr  TE  Manton: Transfer from “downstate,” Walled Lake Northern, who at times just manhandled small-school Northern Michigan competition. Natural pass catcher at 6-foot-6 who gives quarterback Hunter Ruell so many looks split wide or tight, winning balls in crowds or beating one-on-one coverage. Also a college basketball prospect and that hoops background shows with his ball skill in traffic and overall athleticism. Projects as a college tight end where he has plus physical tools for the position though blocking is TBD. Compares favorably to the top tight end in the Lake Area, Big Rapids’ Braeden Childress, who has three MAC offers.

Liam Cavanaugh  6-4  205  Sr  LB/TE  West Ottawa: It’s a brave new world for West Ottawa athletics, winning its first-ever boys’ district championship in basketball and then its first O-K Red title in football in the same calendar year. One of the faces in that renaissance is that of Cavanaugh, one of the top defensive playmakers in the O-K Red the past two seasons. He was as crucial as ever in keeping WO’s dream season alive with five catches for 171 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner as tie expired, in the D1 playoff opener with Grandville. Productive outside linebacker whether coming in tight against power teams or out in space against athletes. Smooth and quick off blocks with good understanding of where plays are headed. GLIAC talent at linebacker but with a red-shirt year for sure he’s not going to win any physical one-on-one battles. Cavanaugh shows his versatility and athletic ability on offense. He can block as an H back, has the hands of a receiver and is a dangerous wildcat quarterback on two-point conversions or filling in like he did against East Kentwood running it right through their defense for two TDs.

Thomas Griggs  5-10  210  Sr  RB  Wyoming Kelloggsville: One of the Lake Area’s best in two sports football and basketball. One of two good senior backs for undefeated Kelloggsville along with David jackson, and senior QB Alex Guzman also a capable runner, Griggs has rushed for over 2,500 yards the past two seasons. In the district final will be the first time this season he has a higher-rated running back on the other side, as undefeated Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Nolan Fugate has better measurables. What makes Griggs good is his feel and vision, quick stop-start and balance, while lacking the explosion and pure speed. For a a seemingly bigger target, Griggs is able to get small in tight spaces and defenders rarely get clean hits. While Jackson is the better blocker in pass pro, Griggs will do his part burying linebackers on end-arounds.

Jacob Wohlgemuth  6-5  330  Sr  DL  Wyoming Kelloggsville: Undefeated Kelloggsville has enough depth that Wohlgemuth doesn’t have to go both ways. He’s utilized fully on defense though playing tackle and end in 4-3 sets or at nose tackle when Kelloggsville goes to a 3-4 look. Also plays special teams. When playing on the interior either way the linebacker behind him feasts because Wohlgemuth’s an automatic double-team. The Rockets’ defense takes off once he creates havoc at the line because when the pocket collapses and it comes down to playmaking, they had an athletic advantage in the O-K Silver. Plays hard and with a motor for a kid his size always looming over the quarterback somehow, you feel the presence. Will really have to polish technique at the next level because right now so rarely sees anyone of similar size and won’t able to just bull rush over a center or shut down the A or B gap just by getting out of his stance. Riding MAC/GLIAC line as a prospect.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 8

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Ryan Lints is a four-year starter for TC St. Francis.

Class of 2018

Isaac Dykema  6-2  205  Sr  QB  Grand Rapids Christian: Had been on a roll with big numbers and big wins for the Eagles before running into East Grand Rapids. A natural putting up great numbers who may still not know just how good he could be, similar cloth to Lake Area Christian school QB legends like Jon Wassink and Kirk cousins. Runs offense at a nice tempo and doesn’t lock into receivers but spreads it around. Strong enough to stand in the pocket and endure hits, or get out of it, extend plays and make throws on the move. Has the arm strength and confidence to challenge defenses deep. Good on the draw as he’s more quick than fast.

Ryan Lints  6-0  225  Sr  LB  Traverse City St. Francis: The North’s top 2018 middle linebacker prospects meet in the regular season finale, undefeated TCSF and Lints, and undefeated Boyne City and Jacob Ager. They’re nearly mirror images physically. Lints is a four-year starter for the Glads. That experience shows particularly with his play on offense at right guard, terrific technique whether using his speed pulling or getting out to square off fellow linebackers. As we never considered Byron Bullough above a GLIAC level recruit, it’s safe to call Lints St. Francis’ top middle linebacker recruit since Riley Bullough. He also spends lots of time at nose guard, where’s he’s too quick for most small school Northern Michigan interior lineman and can quickly make a pocket claustrophobia inducing. Biggest concern would be pass coverage, though shows good feel on some picks.

Class of 2019

Luke Marsh  6-4  250  Jr  DL  Montague: One could make an argument that Montague, undefeated heading into their matchup with Muskegon Catholic, and not Ithaca is the state’s top team in Division 6. And the scary thing is the bulk of the roster’s talent will be back as it’s juniors. Among those is Marsh, a two-way tackle. On offense athletic enough to get out an interfere for big-play junior back Bryce “House” Stark and junior QB Sebastian Archer. Moves more like a tight end. Uses those same physical attributes to get to the quarterback. Forces teams to run away from them. He has the potential to fit in at any of a couple positions on either side of the ball in college.

Ali’vonta Wallace  6-1  210  Jr  LB  Muskegon: Doesn’t yet have the national recruiting pull of the Lake Area’s top 2010 linemen, but we’re not so sure Wallace still isn’t the top prospect in the 2019 class. He’s the leading tackler on not just the Lake Area’s but entire state’s No, 1 team. Looks to type with long arms, a big butt and moving smoothly up and down the line or closing up gaps. Not hard to imagine him putting on 25 pounds and still moving the same. A lot may depend on how he runs in the spring and summer to open up offers from the elite programs that recruit the Big Reds.

Lake Area Top 2019 Prospects

  1. Ali’vonta Wallace  6-1  210  Jr  LB  Muskegon
  2. Logan Brown  6-6  290  Jr  OL  East Kentwood  Wisconsin
  3. Anthony Bradford  6-5  330  Jr  OL  Muskegon
  4. Mazi Smith  6-3  305  Jr  DL  East Kentwood
  5. Adam Berghorst  6-7  245  Jr  DL  Zeeland East
  6. Karsen Barnhart  6-6  280  Jr  OL  paw Paw
  7. Jacob Wahlberg  6-3  215  Jr  LB/TE  Mona Shores
  8. Tate Hallock  6-3  185  Jr  WR/DB  Forest Hills Central
  9. Spencer Holstege  6-5  260  Jr  OL  Grand Rapids South Christian
  10. Stuart Kettler  6-5  265  Jr  OL  East Grand Rapids
  11. Jack Haverdink  6-4  255  Jr  OL  Portage Northern
  12. Luke Marsh  6-4  250  Jr  DL/OL  Montague
  13. Damari Roberson  6-2  185  Jr  WR/DB  Mona Shores
  14. Peyton Young  6-4  310  Jr  OL  Muskegon Oakridge
  15. Boone Bonnema  6-3  215  Jr  LB/TE  Zeeland East
  16. Colt Stout  6-4  260  Jr  DL  Mona Shores
  17. Eric Wenzel  6-1  185  Jr  QB  Kalamazoo United
  18. Donavon Webb  6-0  190  Jr  RB  Holland
  19. Art Herndon  5-11  170  Jr  DB  St. Joseph
  20. Logan Miller  6-5  275  Jr  OL  Allendale

Peyton Young  6-4  305  Jr  Muskegon Oakridge: The Lake Area’s O line class isn’t just the couple All-American level recruits on the top, it has MAC depth in  yet like Young. Much more flexible and agile than his sophomore varsity season. Big kid who carries his weight well and opens some even bigger holes from left tackle for Oakridge, bound for the playoffs after bouncing back from a shutout to Montague. Good wheels getting out to bully linebackers. Pass block technique tbd. Probably a guard or right tackle at next level.

Class of 2020

John Shelton IV  5-10  190  So  RB/LB  East Grand Rapids: He was the top underclassman at the LMFR’s spring combine and is now a key two-way contributor for undefeated EGR. He was an all-state wrestler in the 189-pound class as just a freshman, and he brings those specialized skills to the field as he’ll often play with a hand down on the line using his strength, quickness and motor to beat bigger offensive linemen. Also plays middle linebacker, his more natural college position. Offensively he is a solid complement to the Pioneers’ senior breakaway back, a classic blue-collar East back out of the i formation who can get tough yards or around the ends.