Prospect Watch: Week 9

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Muskegon sophomore Ali’Vonta Wallace has emerged as the Lake Area’s top college prospect in the 2019 class.

Class of 2017

Michael Brown  6-1  195  Sr  DB/WR  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: Plays quicker than his 4.6 speed as knowledge is king for the vet betting right against the run and making plays in coverage. It’s a dangerous proposition throwing Brown’s direction he can lull a QB in then suddenly be all over the ball and going the other way. On offense he’s a physical receiver who doesn’t go down easy. He won’t be able to dance around at the next level so can improve his initial speed. Should be a popular guy as signing day approaches as he could conceivably make the linebacker switch like Asantay Brown has done at WMU.

Aaron Clark  6-3  230  OL/DL  Spring Lake: It’s been a predictably rough debut for Spring Lake, coming from the Lakes 8 to the O-K Blue. Clark doesn’t have the strength and explosion of the Lake Area’s elite linemen but MIAA likes his versatility starting both ways as a center and D end with a college future more likely as the former. Greatest asset is his motor.

Levi Finley  6-4  270  OL  Mattawan: Plays mostly guard also center and even some tackle in short yardage situations. Given that versatility it will be interesting what college fitness level and coaching do for him when not able to just get by on size so often.

Class of 2018

Bryant Kieft  6-3  190  Jr  LB  Watervliet: Versatile defender for the Vliet, lining up as a hand-down D end in three- and four-man fronts or inside at linebacker when stacking against the run. Six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks on the season. Kieft has strong hands getting off blockers and finishing plays. At camps coaches will want to see him in coverage and what he’s going to do against shadow-casting tackles.

Jalen Shaffer  6-1  205  Jr  LB/RB  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: In his second year as a two-way impact in what is a surprisingly talented O-K Silver. Shaffers’s a three-down back who produces between tackles, uses his size as a blocker and can catch the ball in the flats. Defensively has quick feet but coaches will want to know if he has the fluidity to cover. Fullback/H back/Tight end possibility at next level.

Jacob Wohlgemuth  6-5  300  Jr  OL  Wyoming Kelloggsville: Part of the top line in the O-K Silver that has size in Wohlgemuth, 6-4 265 senior Jacob Heminger, 6-2 290 junior Ben Garcia and the best executioner of the group senior guard Donovan Spencer who could have a college future at linebacker. Wohlgemuth is a gap closer at D tackle whose greatest value is on the offensive line where college coaches like his background as a three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and throws in track and field.

Class of 2019

Ali’Vonta Wallace  6-1  210  So  LB  Muskegon: Haven’t seen a more promising sophomore in the Lake Area this season. A rare underclassman his size who is just as competent in coverage as he is dangerous blitzing. The Big Reds line up Wallace all over and let him make plays. He had what would be a good season for many players in week 5 against Reeths-Puffer, with three interceptions. Wallace could be Muskegon’s top non-lineman prospect since Ronald Johnson.

Class of 2020

Alex Doke  5-11  255  Fr  White Cloud: Big boy rumbling out of the power I. Fullback and D end dominated Baldwin both ways last Friday with 152 yards and a TD on 10 carries and 11 tackles.

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