Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Prospects look for big performances at GR combine

2014 RB Marcus Lambert (Zeeland West) looks to shine at our “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour stop in Grand Rapids. (Cory Olsen |

As we approach The Lake’s “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour – kicking off on July 8th – we look to give you the inside track on some of each location’s top pre-registered players. Check back daily for the latest updates and previews as we prepare for an exciting week. For our first installment, we look at a pair of dynamic running backs and a cornerback with rising stock.

Zeeland West had one of the most explosive backfields in West Michigan last season. You can expect more of the same in 2013, with the return of 2014 RB Marcus Lambert and 2014 RB Danny Bauder. Lambert, an All-Lake performer, rushed for 1600+ yards and 16 TDs in his junior campaign.  He has also ranked among our top running back prospects in the 2014 class. Bauder, with a 10.67 100m PR, showed a flash of brilliance in last season’s playoff loss to eventual state champ GR Christian. In that game, Bauder rushed for 159 yards and 3 TDs of 31, 73, and 23 yards. He also had a strong performance at our March combine, clocking a 4.4 in the 40, the top time at that event.

On the defensive side of the ball, 2015 DB Danil Young had a strong sophomore season as Grandville’s starting cornerback. He’s had an equally strong off-season, turning in eye catching performances at our combines in Grand Rapids and Traverse City.  He also caught the eye of scouts and coaches at the Michigan Camp in mid-June. Young has the key ingredients for a successful collegiate DB: good hips, good ball skills, and a high football IQ. He also shows a toughness on-field that will serve him well at the next level. Young is drawing interest from various Division I programs.

On July 8, Lambert, Bauder and Young will be among a very talented group of players looking to earn the title of “Best of the Best” at our tour stop in Grand Rapids. With strong performances here against some of the best prospects in the state, look for them to shoot up our prospect rankings and draw big interest from college coaches.

To see the complete list of tour stops & learn how to take part in this exciting event, click below:


UP NEXT: “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour kicks off July 8


Calling all college football prospects from the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016! For the first time ever, the Lake Michigan Football Report will be hitting the road in search of the state’s best football players with the 2013 “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings.  The tour, slated to kick-off in Grand Rapids on July 8th, will feature stops in six football-frenzied cities throughout Michigan. Players at each stop will compete in combine testing, position-specific drills, and one-on-ones — all with the opportunity to be named the “Best of the Best.”

To see the complete list of tour stops & learn how to take part in this exciting event, click below:

Walker Runs: Harbor Springs athlete dominates at CMU

What do you with a 6-4, 220 Class C halfback who ran for over 1,300 yards as a junior? How bout try him at tight end. That’s what Harbor Springs senior David Walker did Sunday at Central Michigan’s camp where he showed the tools of a possible Lake Michigan Top 10 player in 2014.

Walker, the son of Harbor coach Rob Walker, ran a 4.6 40 in Mt. Pleasant. Then he caught everything at tight end. He’s a downfield threat who can get yac. They put him on the other side of the ball — Walker’s also a defensive end for the Rams — and he proved really hard to block. Walker has good flow as a running back and it shows rushing the passer too.

Walker’s the kind of lanky but muscular athlete who can typically pack on the pounds without losing steps. If that happens, given his football background as a coach’s son and strong academic profile, the boy from Little Traverse Bay could be another small-town recruiting coup for the MAC.