There are more than 130 players registered for the inaugural Lake Michigan Football Report Senior Exposure Camp, which is 12:30 pm Sunday at Woodland Sports in Grand Rapids. In that number it’s hard to find filler, as it swells with legit players and prospects from the Lake Michigan area and beyond. Here are some players poised to excel in front of the college coaches and scouts in attendance, and those mention hardly exhaust the list of future college players who will be competing.
Gun show, admit one
Receiver is one of the hardest positions to scout in high school, because so much is out of control of the player — offensive scheme and quarterback arms. That’s one of the reasons the wideouts and TEs have to be pumped about the camp, and the opportunity to catch balls from the best of the best. Among the quarterback contingent are Zeeland East’s Michael Custer, The Lake’s No. 1 ranked senior QB; West Ottawa’s Trevor Van Tubbergen, the No. 2 ranked senior QB; Comstock Park’s Jake Brown, the first-team All-Lakes Big School QB; Jake Cowsert who put up big numbers for Watervliet; and one of a few juniors invited, Grayling’s Jake Swander, The Lake’s first-team All-Lakes Small School QB. Custer threw for 1,544 yards and 17 TDs (and just two interceptions); Van Tubbergen, 1,362 and 18; Brown 1,558 and 10 (and 24 more TDs on the ground); Cowsert 1,934 and 23; Swander 2,888 yards and 22. All-OK Green QB Nick Kronemeyer threw for 1,253 and eight, while leading Hamilton in rushing. And then there’s Swartz Creek’s Jalen Schoenfield, who is registered to work out as a WR/DB but as a senior threw for 2,426 yards and 30 TDs.
Back on the map
As a junior lineman at Holland, Bobby Drew was a key member of the best team in school history. He’s now a student at Saugatuck, but didn’t play his senior season. The college coaches are clamoring to check him out. Drew comes in as a 6-3, 264 DT/OT who not so long ago was hearing from half the MAC and MSU. He was also a three-time all-conference thrower for Holland’s track-and-field team.
Not if, but how high
Just one of a handful of juniors who will be competing, Jacob Howe is already a scholarship football player, health willing. The 6-2, 240 junior led Forest Hills Northern in tackles and rushing, and was also one of the top punters in West Michigan. With how big he already is, Howe projects to the defensive line. But he moves well in games and if he goes just as fast on the clock, the MAC offers should commence.
It’s a who’s-who of Lake Michigan area running backs. Mattawan’s Trevor Sweeney is The Lake’s No. 1 ranked RB and a consensus big school all-stater after rushing for 1,754 yards and totaling 31 TDs. All-Lake back John King carried the load for state finalist Muskegon, 1,500 yards and 21 TDs. Kalamazoo Hackett’s Geovante Weston is a small school All-Lake and all-stater with over 4,000 career yards, a school record. Courtlan Gordon is also the all-time rusher at his school, Niles Brandywine, including 1,700 this fall. Mancelona’s Wyatt Derrer, Baldwin’s Andon Ware and Fowler’s Tyler Koenigsknecht were all small school all-staters with formidable stats. Few test better than Otsego’s Brandan Campbell, one of The Lake’s top recruits at RB and LB. TJ Schepperly was an explosive running QB for Traverse City Central. Also from up North, Kingsley’s Tristan Eickenroth is a big back who was all-state as a junior, but had a broken arms this season. Braden Werley did it all for explosive Zeeland West. Another state finals star was Grand Rapids Christian’s Seth McIntosh, the Eagles’ leading rusher. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer’s Johndries Betts-Render is so talented he was a first-team RB in the O-K Black, a league which also includes King and Zeeland East junior all-stater Spencer Viening.
Just win, baby
There are few better ways to enhance a resume than starting on a state championship team. A number of campers earned that stamp of approval just last week. From Division 2 Grand Rapids Christian, leading rusher Seth McIntosh and leading tackler Matthew Hall. And from Division 4 Grand Rapids South Christian, DB/WR Derek Woltjter, who ran all over Detroit Country Day as the fill-in QB; TE/LB Seth VanEngen; WR/DB Jason Miller; LB Jordan Sundelius; lineman Andy Grasman; and WR Austin Diekevers.