College football teams are made in December, as teams fill their recruiting classes leading up to the February 5 National Signing Day. With that date looming, for the second year the Lake Michigan Football Report’s Senior Exposure Camp gives college coaches the chance to observe and meet over 100 prospects in one spot. The event will be held 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 8 at Woodland Sportsplex in Grand Rapids.
Note: Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available for walk-up participants.
No one plays better football than in the Lake Area, so there will be ample talent, local and beyond, competing. Here are 15 seniors that the college coaches are excited to see Sunday in Grand Rapids.
Danny Bauder 5-9 190 Sr RB/DB Zeeland West
He’s long been an LMFR cult hero for his ability to rip off 4.4 40s like they’re dollar bills. The entire state got to see what the Bauder Buzz was about during Zeeland West’s trek to the Division 3 state title. For the year he rushed for 1,796 yards and 28 TDs.
Jake Bush 5-11 175 Sr RB Comstock Park
He’s part of a strong Comstock Park camp contingent which also includes DBs Sam LaRoche and Jimmy Whalen. As a senior Bush had 1,875 yards and 28 TDs running and catching.
Cory Carr 6-1 240 Sr DL/OL Portage Central
Portage Central had a lot going for it, going undefeated until the Division 2 semifinals. Even amidst a talented group, Carr stood out with his motor, enthusiasm and old school football gene.
Stephen Hanson 6-4 285 Sr OL Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
Reeths-Puffer had one of the Lake Area’s toughest lines, and both tackles will be in the house Sunday, Hanson and 5-11, 285 Matt Hoover.
Sam Harrison 6-0 180 Sr WR Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
The QBs should get to know Harrison early. He’ll make them look good after a prolific career at Forest Hills Eastern, where he and another camp participant, David Andrusiak, helped the FHE become one of the Lake Area’s most improved teams in the Lake Area in coach Eddie Ostopow’s first season.
Joseph Koscielski 6-4 220 Sr ATH Saugatuck
A similarly-sized running back with the physical tools to project all over, and hailing from a Class C Lake Michigan resort town, Harbor Springs’ David Walker is one of the state’s top prospects in 2014. It will be interesting to see how the big fella runs.
Alexander Lake 6-2 225 Sr LB Byron Center
Should help himself in this environment, as Lake looks the part out of his pads. Major league pass rush threat from one of the Lake Area’s surprise playoff teams.
Justin Liptak 6-4 220 Sr TE Cadillac
The Lake Area’s best Northern Michigan team will have a couple of its main cogs taking the trip down 131, Liptak and lineman Trevor Martin.
Tyler McClanahan 5-11 175 Sr WR Grayling
The Lake Area’s most productive pitch-catch combo will be putting it up in Grand Rapids, with McClanahan and Grayling QB Jake Swander. McClanahan led the Lake area with 80 catches for 1,223 yards and 18 TDs.
Michael Miklusicak 5-9 190 Sr RB Wayland
There’s a strong running back contingent headed for the camp, and Milusicak takes a backseat to none of them after rushing for 1,821 yards and 14 TDs.
Odell Miller 6-4 230 Sr LB/TE Gull Lake
Miller reconstructed his body, and with increased mobility excelled as a stand-up linebacker, leading Gull Lake in tackes.
Jahara Phillips 5-11 200 Sr LB Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
There’s a large camp contingent from Ottawa Hills, which had its first winning season since 2009. Phillips was their leading tackler.
Kyler Shurlow 6-1 190 Sr QB/DB Lowell
He’s always done well in combine environments. Oh, not to mention the football field, where as a senior Shurlow threw for 1,944 yards and 28 TDs and ruan for 889 yards and 18 TDs. A lot going for him as a recruit, as an athlete and student.
Ben Walton 6-0 245 Sr DL/RB East Jordan
The Lake Michigan Conference was as strong at it has been, for having college-quality talent and not just stockpiled at one or two schools. Walton is indicative of that positive trend, a powerhouse at nose tackle or fullback.
Alex Zimmerman 5-11 165 Sr WR/DB West Ottawa
We liked him back at our July combine at Stevensville Lakeshore, and Zimmerman didn’t disappoint once the pads went on, leading WO in receiving against a rugged schedule.