On a team full of college prospects, Traverse City St. Francis’ 2012 defensive MVP was Adam Armour. That talent was on display at Thirlby Field for the Lake Michigan Football Report’s Exposure Camp, where the 6-1, 208 junior was the top linebacker at the event. He’s really smooth in space, and looked good in coverage with at least one interception in drills. Armour ran a 4.66 40. That was the best time of the linebacker corps, and with pads looks a bit quicker as he always seemed to be in the right spot to make the play.
Kalkaska junior Kaleb Hauser was outstanding at our March event, where he made the all-defensive team. He looks just as good outside as indoors. He’s a rangy linebacker at 6-1, 225. He ran 4.75 and did a dozen reps at 225 lbs. He could be the 2013 version of Heath Hoogerhyde, the do-it-all blue-collar athlete from Caledonia who signed with Grand Valley State. Like Hoogerhyde, Hauser could also be a safety at the next level, and is a good running back as well who can catch the ball from the backfield (had 10 TDs as a junior, and is a dangerous kick returner.
Out of Marion, junior Brad Fall has a nice size/speed ration, runnign a 4.73 40 yards at 6-0, 215. He benchedf 185 lbs 14 times. Down the road from Marion, Manton’s Noah Thompson is a sophomore to remember as he matures, the base tools are there at 6-1, 220.
Also playing well was Vernon Coakley III, a 5-10, 210 junior from Kalamazoo Central who can play both the run and drop back into coverage more agilely than one might suspect. He ran a 4.75 40 and did 10 reps at 225 lbs, the best among the linebackers.
James Peck intrigues as a high-waisted defensive end at 6-4, 215 with 4.9 40 speed. He’s a Traverse City West junior. While he’ll have to expand and diversify his rushing moves, it worked the first and usually second and third times through drills. Another TC West athlete, 6-2, 250 junior offensive lineman Tyler Town, was the strongest man at camp, benching 225 lbs 15 times.
Like Peck, Traverse City St. Francis’ Jack Brodeur was at times really hard to get to in pass rush drills. He’s more of a known commodity, a 6-2, 215 junior with Ivy-type grades.
Rasaun Brown is another pass rush threat, a 6-2, 220 junior from Kalamazoo Central. He has good swivel and motor and was quick and light on his feet cutting in close quarters.
This is the Lake Michigan event for Tristan Fleet, a 6-3, 275 junior center from Mancelona. He’s a wide-based grinder who adds a little every camp, and used his hands well here. He did 10 reps of 225 lbs. Another center with a chance down the line is Caleb Brinks, a 6-0, 275 sophomore from Hudsonville Unity Christian.
Elk Rapids’ Kyle Augustine stands out as a 6-2, 270 freshman, and had good plant and drive in drills. Increasing speed, agility, flexibility will be crucial as he becomes a varsity player.
Sault Ste. Marie’s Duncan Doran is a powerful two-way interior lineman as a 6-0, 260 junior. He put up 225 lbs 14 times.