Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 3

Class of 2016

James Haverkamp  6-6  265  Sr  OL  Grand Rapids Christian: He’s a second-year starter at left tackle for the Eagles, a position previously held by Tommy Doles. That would be an unfair comparison for most any player, as Doles had a rare mix of athleticism and attitude which is why he’s now playing for Northwestern. What Haverkamp does bring is a lanky tackle frame just pleading for 40 college pounds and strong technique. He was able to consistently get his hands on smaller, quicker Muskegon rushers. This is the kind of line prospect the GLIAC lines up for.

Nolan Meekhof  6-1  225  Sr  RB/LB  Grandville: Grandville is no stranger to big backs, as Meekhof compares favorably to Andrew Hawken a decade ago with 4.6 speed at over 220 pounds. After high school, Hawken ended up starting 10 games over the course of his career at fullback for Michigan State. And when we’re being really optimistic, like last week when Meekhof rushed 25 times for 271 yards and two TDs, he looks like the best big back out of the O-K Red since John Anes at East Kentwood 20 years ago. He also did some blocking for another Grandville back, Parker Reminga, who ran for 123 yards and three TDs. That was the most prolific game of Meekhof’s career. He ran 25 times for 256 yards and a TD in the 2014 playoff against EK.

Lukas Thompson  6-0  180  Sr  WR/DB  Grand Rapids Christian: Hailed as the next Drake Harris as a freshman, Thompson looked like it if fleetingly in the season opener with a career game of 176 receiving yards and a TD, and an interception. He ate up South Christian in the 2014 opener as well, stepping in at QB to run for 120 yards and a TD. But what is fast against South Christian is average against Muskegon. Thompson saw a first-quarter pass attempt sail through his hands and was not to be heard from again in the Big Reds’ win. His real potential is at cornerback, as he’s learned to get physical in press coverage, will hit and has some talent around the ball.

Class of 2017

Jacorey Sullivan  6-3  205  Jr  WR/DB  Muskegon: There are a number of playmakers on Muskegon’s defense, what makes Sullivan stand out is that he’s showing sideline-to-sideline speed via a college frame. Offensively he’s aspiring to Joeviear Kennedy’s role of big target and big blocker. Sullivan is one of the Lake Area’s top 10 overall recruits for 2017.

Lake Area 2017 Top 10 Prospects
  1. Corey Malone Hatcher  6-3  245  Jr  LB  St. Joseph
  2. Keegan Cossou  6-5  220  Jr  TE  Greenville
  3. Johnathan Berghorst  6-3  255  Jr  DL  Zeeland East
  4. Nate Umlor  6-6  240  Jr  DL  Allendale
  5. Ian Creech  6-4  240  DL/OL  Portage Central
  6. Jacorey Sullivan  6-3  180  Jr  WR  Muskegon
  7. Turner Ruby  6-4  285  Jr  OL  East Kentwood
  8. Evan Plate  6-3  220  Jr  LB  Greenville
  9. Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  Jr  DB  Muskegon Catholic Central
  10. Blake Dunn  5-11  175  Jr  ATH  Saugatuck

Class of 2018

Antwan Reed  6-7  275  So  Muskegon: What an introduction to big-time football. Reed’s live-game debut came as Muskegon’s starting left tackle — at Novi Catholic Central. In week 2 acquitted himself well against Grand Rapids Christian, showing the makings of a tough run blocker. This is the 10th starting season combined for the other four Muskegon linemen, so Reed’s in the perfect spot to learn. He’s one of 2018 line prospects who have already made a positive impression this season, as have Traverse City West’s Ryan Hayes, Rockford’s Cody Caronee, St. Joseph’s Trevor Dilley and Hudsonville’s Hunter Stearns. But Reed stands above them all, he could be a truly special tackle recruit.

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One response

  1. One to keep an eye on, Bryce Neff, class of 2019, as a frosh starting at right tackle for the Gaylord Blue Devils 🙂

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