It was a great night at Thirlby Field for the 3rd annual Lake Michigan Football Report Exposure Camp. Lots of talented players came out to showcase their skills in front of college coaches, but only a dozen could make the All-Camp team. Check out this year’s crop of talented prospects!
QB Grant Klaver 6-1 205 2015 Okemos
RECAP: Grant Klaver had an impressive day throwing the football. He showed his entire arsenal as he zipped short passes into tight windows, threw well on the run, and also completed deep passes down the field from the pocket. His stock should continue to rise as he goes through the summer camp circuit. Expect him to draw a lot of interest from Division II and Division III programs.
OL Jacob Cerny 6-5 280 2016 Traverse City West
RECAP: Jacob Cerny is a physically imposing lineman and the latest lineman to emerge at Traverse City West. He performed well in the positions drills and showed good lateral movement in the shuttle. He’ll need to get a little stronger to transition to the next level, but he has a lot of potential to become a good college tackle.
OL Derek Smith 6-4 250 2015 Kenowa Hills
RECAP: Derek Smith tested well and played well to make the All-Camp team. The lineman ran a sub-5.00 40-yard dash and turned in a pair of 4.7s in the pro-agility shuttle. At the next level, he projects well at offensive guard or defense end on the other side of the ball.
DL TJ Patterson 6-3 260 2015 Reed City
RECAP: Patterson has a good motor and good size. He uses his quickness to his advantage when going up against O-Linemen. He played fundamentally sound and could find his way into the GLIAC with continued work.
DL James Mogford 5-11 260 2015 Elk Rapids
RECAP: While Mogford didn’t test off the charts, he played physical and was able to dominate his opponent quite often in the position drills and one-on-ones. He’s versatile enough to play on either side of the line.
LB James Gazarato 5-11 208 2015 Petoskey
RECAP: Showcased great strength and led the camp with most reps at 225lbs (15). Also showed good speed in the 40-yard dash, clocking a 4.76. Gazarato isn’t just a workout warrior, though. He showed good athleticism during position drills and was a notable force during 7v7 play.
LB Dion Burke 5-10 180 2016 Kingsley
RECAP: Burke played with really active hands during 7v7 and was able to run stride for stride with slot receivers. He has really good football instincts, which is a welcomed trait from a sophomore.
LB Montena Owczarzak 5-11 220 2015 Garber
RECAP: Owczarzak comes from a small school which you may not be able to find on a map, but after a strong showing and All-Camp recognition, coaches should take notice. He was always around the ball during 7v7 play and demonstrated good footwork during position and one-on-one drills. He’s the prototype size for a college LB.
LB/TE Dylan Wyman 6-1 210 2015 Grayling
RECAP: Dylan Wyman came in under the radar but tested solid and played even better. He was a ball hawk who played with good technique.
RB Andre Jones 5-5 155 2016 Reed City
RECAP: Jones had a big day, showcasing great speed with a camp-leading 40-yard dash time, a blazing 4.49. He also put up 185lbs on the bench press 11 times. He shows great balance and has a really good feel for the game at running back. Jones has all the intangibles that coaches look for in a player and, despite his size, he has college football written all over him.
RB Malik Smith 5-9 185 2016 Boyne City
RECAP: Malik Smith has been on the scene since starting on varsity as a freshman at RB and LB. Smith tested well, showing good speed and great strength. He clocked 4.60 in the 40-yard dash and lifted 225lbs for 9 reps. He was equally impressive in the drills, displaying great hands and good footwork.
DB Zack McGuire 6-1 190 2015 Traverse City West
RECAP: McGuire is an athlete who tests well and plays well. He’s versatile, athletic, and has the coveted combination of size and speed. McGuire posted strong numbers across the board, clocking a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, lifting 225lbs for 8 reps, and clocking the camp’s fastest pro-agility shuttle times on a wet field (4.09, 4.25). During one on one drills and 7v7, McGuire embraced man-to-man coverage and showed why he’s the best corner back in the north. He’s currently drawing interest the GILAC and MAC programs.