Class of 2018
Addison Buckius 6-3 200 Sr WR/DB Lowell: Great instincts and closing time at free safety. Had a sack and recovered a fumble against Warren De La Salle and on another play in Week 1 just exploded after a loose ball. Vocal leader on the field. Lowell didn’t really need to throw against the Pilots, though Buckius showed good use of size against his man when they did look for him. Was an engaged blocker downfield when Lowell ran the ball. Athlete — also plays basketball and lacrosse for the Red Arrows. Not as dynamic, but body type, enthusiasm, versatility remind one of David Fox, the West Catholic star now at Grand Valley.
Ryan Hayes 6-7 250 Sr ATH Traverse City West: Showed why, even though he won’t play the position in college, he was the Preseason All-Lake tight end. He made a diving catch to get over the near corner and score a 25-yard TD in a big Week 2 win over Grand Haven. Can still get better as a downfield threat. There was one pass, though heavily covered, where Hayes should’ve corralled the ball but pulled up his route a step short and had to reach which left him off balance and susceptible to the lilliputian Buccaneer defenders. Hayes projects as an offensive tackle at U-M, and has the perfect frame to add good weight without losing his athleticism. Though he’s been compared to Jake Fisher for obvious reasons, the former West TE turned Oregon and Bengals right tackle was more explosive and nasty, whereas Hayes has more wingspan and better technique at the same age. Michigan has commitments from the Lake Area’s two top offensive line prospects.
Lake Area Senior Offensive Line Prospects
- Jalen Mayfield 6-5 260 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central Michigan
- Ryan Hayes 6-7 250 Sr Traverse City West Michigan
- Antwan Reed 6-7 295 Sr Muskegon Penn State
- Cody Carone 6-4 295 Sr Rockford
- Keontae Watson 6-4 265 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- Evan Gast 6-2 285 Sr Byron Center
- Jacob Kochanny 6-4 270 Sr Cadillac
- Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 305 Sr Wyoming Kellogsville
- Jake Cleypool 6-2 280 Sr Hopkins
- Matt Eerdmans 6-4 265 Sr East Grand Rapids
- Matt Stefanski 6-4 305 Sr Frankfort
- Sam Sherwin 6-4 250 Sr Traverse City Central
- Brandon Rake 6-6 240 Sr Whitehall
- Malachi Price 6-2 305 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
- Mitchell Gorman 6-5 240 Sr Lowell
- Paul Weinrich 6-4 265 Sr Forest Hills Eastern
- Kaleb McMann 6-5 270 Sr Muskegon Orchard View
- Jake Achteroff 6-5 265 Sr North Muskegon
- Parker Kingma 6-4 315 Sr Grand Haven
- Andrew Lefebre 6-3 255 Sr Lowell
- Christian Balanda 6-6 265 Sr Forest Hills Central
- Jacob Seager 6-5 285 Sr Kalamazoo Central
- Nathan Roehr 6-4 285 Sr Allendale
- Andrew Sikkema 6-2 275 Sr McBain
- Alex Clark 6-3 260 Sr Forest Hills Northern
Parker Kingma 6-4 315 Sr OL Grand Haven: One of Grand Haven’s two senior tackles with college potential along with 6-4, 250 Charlie Brown. Kingma is massive but had a hard time keeping up Thursday with Traverse City West’s smaller, quicker defense. Should get GLIAC offers if he can show some more flexibility, and pop at the point of attack.
Luke Morrell 6-1 175 Sr K Plainwell: We don’t usually look too much at kickers, but the 2018 class has a number of future college guys so it’s tough to ignore. Chief among them is Morrell, athletic enough to last season be All-Wolverine Conference in football, soccer and basketball. He’s hit field goals from nearly 60 yards on the camp circuit. He hasn’t attempted a field goal yet this season but is 7-for-7 on PATs.
Lake Area Senior Kicker Prospects
- Luke Morrell 6-1 175 Sr Plainswell
- Liam Putz 6-3 185 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
- Eric Zeboor 5-10 175 Sr Rockford
- Andrew Haan 6-2 185 Sr Grand Rapids South Chrsitian
- Gabe Pickett 6-0 200 Sr Traverse City Central
Mitchell O’Gorman 6-5 240 Sr OL/DL Lowell: The Red Arrows love to take advantage of O’Gorman’s versatility on the line. He plays a 2 and 2i technique defensive tackle and also starts on the offensive line at left tackle. In goal line he’ll also be moved to tight end, where he did a good job of utilizing his size advantage on linebackers. Back at tackle looked more comfortable as an edge blocker than someone who’ll punish you with the down block. Didn’t play every down but got good penetration off the D line when he did. Lowell had a second-quarter sack against De La Salle that began with O’Gorman bursting through the line and pushing the QB from the pocket. Athleticism, length and multi-position project make him a legit prospect, with some more motor and meanness could really be even higher on recruiting boards.
Sam Sherwin 6-4 250 Sr OL/DL Traverse City Central: As a D end in a three-down front he was too quick and smooth for Bay City Western’s right tackle in TC Central’s Week 1 blowout win. Showed patience and awareness in space to get a sack. Plays right tackle offensively. Nice technique, keeps hands in and was still able to maneuver guys and clear paths for the Trojans’ myriad runners. Maintains his blocks and doesn’t get caught flat-footed. Shows decent speed getting into the second level. Similar to his brother Ben Sherwin, an All-Lake lineman last season now at Ferris State, in that they rely on fundamentals and positioning rather than mauling and physically dominating. And the Sherwin train doesn’t stop, as youngest brother Jack is a junior defensive end. Their father, Greg, was an All-MAC tackle for CMU.
Class of 2019
Odin Soffredine 6-0 205 Jr LB/RB Traverse City West: Part of TC West’s stable of talented running backs, and he had a 40-yard TD run in their Week 2 whupping of Grand Haven. But where he really excelled and his future is at linebacker. Smart position guy, a talker, but also delivered the hits you want in the middle.
Class of 2020
Adam Lambert 6-5 280 So DL Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: No, not that Adam Lambert. This one wears eye black, not eye shadow. Young and showed flashes, and will only get better as he adds moves, becomes aggressive, instead of just being the big kid taking up space. Learning on the job. On successive plays against Spring Lake in Week 1, Lambert lost track of the ball as it was run right by him, but then on the next one shed a block and wrapped up the carrier at the line. Can’t lose sight of the ball.
Bryce Mostella 6-6 245 So DL/OL East Kentwood: He’s similar in trajectory to where his teammate, junior lineman Logan Brown, was a year ago going both ways on the outside. Mostella was just finding his way out there in his varsity debut against L’anse Creuse North, the reaction time and muscle memory isn’t there yet. But it was still hard to take your eyes off him because of all the potential — long, smooth and athletic. His father played at Auburn. A year from now expect Mostella, like Brown, to have double-figure Power 5 offers. EK has another sophomore lineman with potential, 6-5, 250 Dallas Fincher.