Lake Michigan Prospect Watch: Week 1

Class of 2015
Wesley French 6-5 295 Sr DL St. Joseph
Some have him on the offensive line, we like French better defensively. He has the size and demeanor to thrive at tackle. French plays with an edge and is explosive in short space. He has offers from Ball State, Buffalo, CMU, Toledo and WMU. Some good early video and French, the Lake Area’s No. 2 ranked senior, could solidfy Big Ten interest.

Class of 2015 Defensive Line Top 10
1. Wesley French 6-5 295 Sr St. Joseph
2. Bryce Witham 6-4 240 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
3. Matt Seybert 6-4 230 Sr Traverse City St. Francis
4. Jarrad Whited 6-2 225 Sr Vicksburg
5. Kasey DeWitt 6-4 220 Sr Shelby
6. Mike Egeler 6-4 225 Sr Comstock Park
7. Zach Hellman 6-4 220 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
8. Malik Swain 6-2 300 Sr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hill
9. Victor Williams 6-2 270 Sr East Grand Rapids
10. Tommy Brown 6-2 265 Sr Grand Rapids Northview

Jacob Geter 5-8 170 RB Plainwell
From a school known for its size and power football, Plainwell’s top college prospect is a scat back and kick-returner. What makes Geter so good is he thinks he’s the biggest kid on the field. Oh, that and 4.37 40 speed. He’s explosive, quick and shifty. Geter’s .m.o. is common among the Lake Area’s top senior running backs, as the 2015 class leans to small and fast over power runners.

Class of 2015 Running Back Top 10
1. Ethan Campbell 5-9 185 Sr Traverse City Central
2. Dereko Riley 5-7 170 Sr Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
3. Jacob Geter 5-8 170 Sr Plainwell
4. Marty Ward 5-9 210 Sr Niles Brandywine
5. Jarod Rodgers 6-0 205 Sr Byron Center
6. Geff Plasman 5-11 180 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
7. Corey Westra 5-9 175 Sr Zeeland East
8. Lasevean Majewski 5-9 185 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
9. Eddie Kelly 6-0 205 Sr Caledonia
10. Jon Green 5-7 175 Sr Reed City

Trevor Raby 6-4 240 Sr TE/OL Zeeland West
Despite defending the Division 3 state championship, Zeeland West didn’t get much preseason respect from the Detroit Media Mafia. They’ll get reacquainted soon enough, when Detroit Country Day calls in the score from today’s sure to be butt-whoopin’ on the Westside. It will happen because of players like Raby, a standout tackle in 2013 who will move one spot over and try his hand at tight end as a senior. He’s not the next Jordan VanDort and doesn’t have to be. Raby is an athletic technician who is a top 10 senior prospect at two positions, tight end and offensive line.

Class of 2016
Michael VanHoeven 6-5 277 Jr OL Paw Paw
VanHoeven was already an all-conference guard after his sophomore season, and has put on 20 pounds since. That’s going to be a problem for the Wolverin B, as he’s a big hitter and plays through the whistle. The Lake Area is loaded with linemen for the 2016 class. Everyone knows about No. 1 Thiyo Lukusa, with offers from UM, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Lukusa’s Traverse City West teammate, Jake Cerny, has offers from CMU and WMU and will get BCS attention, and we have VanHoeven standwiched between that Big North pair in the rankings.

Class of 2016 Offensive Line Top 10
1. Thiyo Lukusa 6-5 300 Jr Traverse City West
2. Michael VanHoeven 6-5 277 Jr Paw Paw
3. Jake Cerny 6-5 280 Jr Traverse City West
4. Juanye Johnson 6-5 275 Jr Muskegon
5. Trenton Fincher 6-9 300 Jr East Kentwood
6. Derices Brown 6-1 257 Jr Muskegon
7. Karson Murley 6-3 275 Jr Lowell
8. Carl Myers 6-2 250 Jr Grand Rapids West Catholic
9. Kyle Augustine 6-3 305 Jr Gaylord
10. James Havercamp  6-5  247  Jr  Grand Rapids Christian


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