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
- Jacob Cerny 6-5 290 Sr Traverse City West Illinois
- Michael VanHoeven 6-5 305 Sr Paw Paw Eastern Michigan
- Keegan Golder 6-5 270 Sr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
- Juanye Johnson 6-3 275 Sr Muskegon
- Derices Brown 6-2 280 Sr Muskegon
- Trenton Fincher 6-8 305 Sr East Kentwood
- Mike Bourdeaux 6-3 270 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- Jake Boonstra 6-4 285 Sr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
- Kyle Augustine 6-3 320 Sr Gaylord
- James Haverkamp 6-6 260 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
- Nick Brown 6-7 240 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- Evan Macauley 6-2 280 Sr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
- Ian Woodruff 6-2 270 Sr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
- Ben Hoerle 6-4 280 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
- Karson Murley 6-1 290 Sr Lowell
- John Lipscomb 6-3 305 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- Braden Schrotenboer 6-6 235 Sr Zeeland East
- Andy Rietveld 6-6 305 Sr Saugatuck
- Jake McDowell 6-2 290 Sr Lawton
- Ryan Rearick 6-2 255 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
- Dylan Olplinger 6-1 260 Sr Muskegon
- Alex Galovan 6-2 225 Sr Plainwell
- Josh Ezinga 6-2 245 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
- Patrick Koning 6-2 250 Sr Kalamazoo Hackett
- 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
- Keidren Davis 6-5 230 Sr Grand Rapids Union Toledo
- Simeon Smith 6-6 205 Sr Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix Michigan
- Taylor VanDyke 6-3 215 Sr Cedar Springs
- Chris Veenstra 6-6 235 Sr Wyoming
- 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.