Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 2

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Lowell senior Addison Buckius is an impact two-way threat for the Red Arrows.

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

  1. Jalen Mayfield  6-5  260  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Michigan
  2. Ryan Hayes  6-7  250  Sr  Traverse City West  Michigan
  3. Antwan Reed  6-7  295  Sr  Muskegon  Penn State
  4. Cody Carone  6-4  295  Sr  Rockford
  5. Keontae Watson  6-4  265  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  6. Cole Schut  6-4  270  Sr  Holland
  7. Jacob Achteroff  6-5  300  North Muskegon
  8. Evan Gast  6-2  285  Sr  Byron Center
  9. Jacob Kochanny  6-4  270  Sr  Cadillac
  10. Jacob Wohlgemuth  6-5  305  Sr  Wyoming Kellogsville
  11. Jake Cleypool  6-2  280  Sr  Hopkins
  12. Matt Eerdmans  6-4  265  Sr  East Grand Rapids
  13. Matt Stefanski  6-4  305  Sr  Frankfort
  14. Sam Sherwin  6-4  250  Sr  Traverse City Central
  15. Brandon Rake  6-6  240  Sr  Whitehall
  16. Malachi Price  6-2  305  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
  17. Mitchell Gorman  6-5  240  Sr  Lowell
  18. Paul Weinrich  6-4  265  Sr  Forest Hills Eastern
  19. Kaleb McMann  6-5  270  Sr  Muskegon Orchard View
  20. Parker Kingma  6-4  315  Sr  Grand Haven
  21. Andrew Lefebre  6-3  255  Sr  Lowell
  22. Christian Balanda  6-6  265  Sr  Forest Hills Central
  23. Jacob Seager  6-5  285  Sr  Kalamazoo Central
  24. Nathan Roehr  6-4  285  Sr  Allendale
  25. Andrew Sikkema  6-2  275  Sr  McBain

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

  1. Luke Morrell  6-1  175  Sr  Plainswell
  2. Liam Putz  6-3  185  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  3. Eric Zeboor  5-10  175  Sr  Rockford
  4. Andrew Haan  6-2  185  Sr  Grand Rapids South Chrsitian
  5. 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.

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