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.
- 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