Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 10

Class of 2016

Derek Boone  6-4  225  Sr  OL/DL  Watervliet: He’s a two-way starter for Watervliet’s Division 6 state qualifier. Though he may not have scholarship size for it, Boone is plenty big eough for left tackle in the SAC. He’s a good athlete who consistently gets out onto linebackers. Should be a popular MIAA recruit along with another Watervliet lineman David Curl.

Jake Boonstra  6-4  285  Sr  OL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills: He’s one of the biggest centers in the Lake Area. He plays that to his advantage, and Boonstra figures out how to move his man. He goes hard in the running game and can plant to pass protect. Mobility and athleticism may impede and D1 aspirations, but he is one of the top 10 senior offensive linemen in the Lake Area.

Lake Area’s Top 25 2016 Offensive Linemen

  1. Jacob Cerny  6-5  290  Sr  Traverse City West  Illinois
  2. Michael VanHoeven  6-5  305  Sr  Paw Paw  Eastern Michigan
  3. Keegan Golder  6-5  270  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
  4. Juanye Johnson  6-3  275  Sr  Muskegon
  5. Derices Brown  6-2  280  Sr  Muskegon
  6. Trenton Fincher  6-8  305  Sr  East Kentwood
  7. Mike Bourdeaux  6-3  270  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  8. Jake Boonstra  6-4  285  Sr  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  9. Kyle Augustine  6-3  320  Sr  Gaylord
  10. James Haverkamp  6-6  260  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
  11. Nick Brown  6-7  240  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  12. Evan Macauley  6-2  280  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
  13. Ian Woodruff  6-2  270  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
  14. Ben Hoerle  6-4  280  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
  15. Karson Murley  6-1  290  Sr  Lowell
  16. John Lipscomb  6-3  305  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  17. Braden Schrotenboer  6-6  235  Sr  Zeeland East
  18. Andy Rietveld  6-6  305  Sr  Saugatuck
  19. Jake McDowell  6-2  290  Sr  Lawton
  20. Ryan Rearick  6-2  255  Sr  Grand Rapids South Christian
  21. Dylan Olplinger  6-1  260  Sr  Muskegon
  22. Alex Galovan  6-2  225  Sr  Plainwell
  23. Josh Ezinga  6-2  245  Sr  Grand Rapids South Christian
  24. Patrick Koning  6-2  250  Sr  Kalamazoo Hackett
  25. Cameron Wright  6-3  290  Sr  Grant

Simeon Smith  6-6  205  Sr  WR  Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix: Intriguing preferred walk-on to Michigan who has some Matt Trannon qualities at that height, but not the physicality or toughness. With his frame and the willingness he’s shown to block downfield, we have Smith ranked as a tight end though he may end up at receiver for U-M. He’s more than just a big target, as Smith doesn’t move awkwardly and can make a man miss.He also plays defense, returns kicks and was also in kick coverage for Loy-Norrix.

Class of 2016 Tight End Rankings

  1. Keidren Davis  6-5  230  Sr  Grand Rapids Union  Toledo
  2. Simeon Smith  6-6  205  Sr  Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix  Michigan
  3. Taylor VanDyke  6-3  215  Sr  Cedar Springs
  4. Chris Veenstra  6-6  235  Sr  Wyoming
  5. Jackson Ammon  6-2  235  Sr  Rockford

Class of 2017

Walker Christoffersen  5-9  175  Jr  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central: He did it under the radar last season for Fremont, was a revelation at last spring’s Lake Michigan Football Report combine (4.6 40, 3.98 pro agility, 33 1/2″ standing vertical), and this fall has proven he’s not just big stats on an average team or a workout warrior. As part of the Crusaders’ potent three-back attack along with fellow juniors Logan Helton and LaTommy Scott, he’s particularly dangerous catching the ball, like his two TD catches in MCC’s playoff-clinching win against Ravenna. Explosiveness and versatility — running back, receiver, defensive back — should help coaches see past Christoffersen’s speed as his recruitment ramps up.

Jack Mandryk  6-1  175  Jr  ATH  Hudsonville: When Mandryk broke his wrist in Hudsonville’s season-opening win against Holt, the Rams lost not just their top big-play threat on offense, but their leading tackler from 2014 when Mandryk did it as a sophomore from his safety position. He’s back, playing with a cast that limits him to just offense, as the Eagles’ QB. You don’t run on your wrist, so Mandryk’s 4.5 speed hasn’t gone anywhere. He run for three TDs in Hudonsville’s one-point loss to Rockford, including one of 61 yards in the third quarter that was one of the top runs in the Lake Area this season.


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