Preseason All-Lake Area Defense

DL Corey Malone Hatcher  6-3  245  Jr  St. Joseph: The Lake Area’s No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, recruited as a defensive end but has also starred at middle line backer for St. Joe. He has over a dozen offers, including Alabama, MSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and UM.

DL Christian Boyd  6-3  285  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: A three-year starter and probably the top performer for the Sailors in last year’s state final. Boyd was Defensive MVP at the LMFR spring combine and could be one of as many as five FBS recruits in Mona’s senior class.

DL  Carl Myers  6-3  250  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: Has any team had a better run on defensive linemen than West Catholic with Dan Green, Mitchell Stanitzek and Bryce Witham? All are different players, Myers an interior brawler who has started on consecutive state championship teams. He’s a two-way starter and state champion shot putter.

DL Johnathan Berghorst  6-3  255  Jr  Zeeland East: Slowed by injury last fall, showed just how good he was on the camp circuit. Added size and strength have turned Berghorst from a MAC defensive end recruit to a likely Big Ten tackle prospect. He has offers from Illinois and WMU.

LB Zack VanValkenburg  6-4  235  Sr  Zeeland West: He’ll be a third-year starter and the Dux are 25-2 in that time. He switched from D end as an underclassman to middle linebacker in 2014 and made 97 tackles. The Ivy League recruit will also start at offensive tackle.

LB Dom Shermeta  6-0  215  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: He was the leading tackler for the Division 3 state runner-up. He’s put on 10 pounds since then, and will also start at running back for the Sailors.

LB Luke Sage  6-0  185  Sr  Boyne City: He was the defensive leader for the Division 6 semifinalists Ramblers. Sage had 142 tackles, including 10 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

DB Jamari Booker  6-0  185  Sr  East Kentwood: Strong safety who can also play outside linebacker in a Falcons’ defense that favors speed over size. He had 72 tackles including four sacks as a junior and ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR’s spring combine.

DB Tyler Bradfield  6-0  190  Sr  Rockford: He led Rockford with 81 tackles. A versatile, athletic playmaker who also had two picks, blocked a kick and returned a fumble for a TD. Ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR spring combine.

DB Dante Razzano  6-2  190  Sr  Edwardsburg: He made five picks at cornerback in 2014. Razzano is also one of the Lake Area’s top QBs with 1,230 yards total offense and 23 TDs.

DB Marlon Dorsey  6-1  165  Sr  East Kentwood: Cornerback had what would have been a good season for many in just the 2014 regional final with three picks against Hudsonville. He had 65 tackles and five interceptions for the year.

Second Team

  • DL Gabe Baumann  6-3  245  Sr  Rockford
  • DL Nate Umlor  6-6  240  Jr  Allendale
  • DL Taylor Woodwyk  6-2  250  Sr  Hudsonville
  • DL Jon Pierre Nkolo  6-3  220  Sr  East Kentwood
  • LB Michael Holdship  6-0  215  Sr  Cadillac
  • LB Nate Jones  6-0  200  Sr  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • LB Terrion Hill-McKay  6-1  205  Sr  Muskegon
  • LB Evan Plate  6-3  220  Jr  Greenville
  • DB Kobe Burse  6-2  190  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • DB Darece Robertson  5-10  160  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • DB Keyante Carpenter  5-9  175  Sr  Muskegon

2 responses

  1. Portage Central’s Brandon Sturgeon runs for 180 yds and 4 tds in 2 1/2 quarters of play before he was pulled during 1st game against rival Mattawan. This kid is going to turn heads. Everyone down here knows about him. You guys might want to jump on board.

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