QB Jake Swander 5-11 180 Sr Grayling
Gunslinger from Grayling, a team poised to repeat in the Lake Michigan Conference. Have to like the arm and pocket presence after a varsity debut season of 2,900 yards and 22 TDs.
RB Doug Freeman 5-11 200 Sr Buchanan
Hard to bring down running a 4.6 at 200 lbs, he rushed for 1,300 yards and 25 TDs as a junior. Also an impact big playmaker on special teams and defense.
RB Zach Stephan 5-10 200 Sr McBain
Legit size/speed combo as a state qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters. As a junior rushed for 791 yards and 13 TDs with 12 catches for 241 yards and three TDs.
RB Andy Corey 5-8 165 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
West Catholic could make it back to the Division 5 state final once the line play clicks. Corey — the only Falcon to score a TD in the 2012 championship game loss to Portland — is a dangerous run or pass option for maybe the most talented player who didn’t make this list, West Catholic junior QB Travis Russell. Corey ran for 1,500 yards and 11 TDs. As a DB, his seven interceptions were a school single-season record.
OL Nick Padla 6-6 270 Sr Berrien Springs
He’s trending like the next Jack Conklin, MSU’s red-shirt freshman starting tackle out of Plainwell. An MSU offer could manifest itself for Padla too shortly. If not, he has Cincinnati, Illinois and a lot of MAC on the table.
OL Dekurtis Murphy 6-5 320 Jr St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
Envelops opposing linemen at the small school level. Getting recruiting interest from as high as Michigan State and Cincinnati. One of the Lake Area’s top five offensive linemen for 2015 along with Grand Haven’s Chase VanHoef, East Kentwood’s John Kenoy, Traverse City Central’s Seth Tice and Kalamazoo Central’s Clyde Pryor.
OL Tristan Fleet 6-3 275 Sr Mancelona
Big interior lineman whom colleges like at center. Key trap blocker in a Mancelona double-wing that is looking for a back to replace all-stater Wyatt Derrer.
OL Cory Katterheinrich 6-2 288 Sr Niles Brandywine
He was part of the unit that opened the way for running back Courtlan Gordon’s all-state results in 2012. Katterheinrich was one of the top performers at a talented Stevensville-Lakeshore combine tour stop in July.
OL Lucas Walesky 6-4 270 Sr Grayling
He was an all-conference pick as a junior, where at times he got by overwhelming with his size. With improved quickness and technique, Walesky will be a main part of the effort of Grayling to get past Menominee in the post-season.
TE Dakota Scholten 6-4 220 Jr Grant
A transfer from White Cloud, where he was the team’s leading receiver and second-leading rusher and tackler. A linebacker/running back for the new team, he could be the next David Walker, like the Harbor Springs senior bursting from a football backwater to multiple offers because of a size/speed ratio that can’t be denied.
WR Tyler McClanahan 5-10 175 Sr Grayling
The Vikings love to get up and down, and he’s a threat for a 1,000-yard, 10 TD senior event. McClanahan is All-Lake QB Jake Swander’s favorite target who last year had 60 catches for 852 yards and 6 TDs.