Class of 2018
Isaac Dykema 6-2 205 Sr QB Grand Rapids Christian: Had been on a roll with big numbers and big wins for the Eagles before running into East Grand Rapids. A natural putting up great numbers who may still not know just how good he could be, similar cloth to Lake Area Christian school QB legends like Jon Wassink and Kirk cousins. Runs offense at a nice tempo and doesn’t lock into receivers but spreads it around. Strong enough to stand in the pocket and endure hits, or get out of it, extend plays and make throws on the move. Has the arm strength and confidence to challenge defenses deep. Good on the draw as he’s more quick than fast.
Ryan Lints 6-0 225 Sr LB Traverse City St. Francis: The North’s top 2018 middle linebacker prospects meet in the regular season finale, undefeated TCSF and Lints, and undefeated Boyne City and Jacob Ager. They’re nearly mirror images physically. Lints is a four-year starter for the Glads. That experience shows particularly with his play on offense at right guard, terrific technique whether using his speed pulling or getting out to square off fellow linebackers. As we never considered Byron Bullough above a GLIAC level recruit, it’s safe to call Lints St. Francis’ top middle linebacker recruit since Riley Bullough. He also spends lots of time at nose guard, where’s he’s too quick for most small school Northern Michigan interior lineman and can quickly make a pocket claustrophobia inducing. Biggest concern would be pass coverage, though shows good feel on some picks.
Class of 2019
Luke Marsh 6-4 250 Jr DL Montague: One could make an argument that Montague, undefeated heading into their matchup with Muskegon Catholic, and not Ithaca is the state’s top team in Division 6. And the scary thing is the bulk of the roster’s talent will be back as it’s juniors. Among those is Marsh, a two-way tackle. On offense athletic enough to get out an interfere for big-play junior back Bryce “House” Stark and junior QB Sebastian Archer. Moves more like a tight end. Uses those same physical attributes to get to the quarterback. Forces teams to run away from them. He has the potential to fit in at any of a couple positions on either side of the ball in college.
Ali’vonta Wallace 6-1 210 Jr LB Muskegon: Doesn’t yet have the national recruiting pull of the Lake Area’s top 2010 linemen, but we’re not so sure Wallace still isn’t the top prospect in the 2019 class. He’s the leading tackler on not just the Lake Area’s but entire state’s No, 1 team. Looks to type with long arms, a big butt and moving smoothly up and down the line or closing up gaps. Not hard to imagine him putting on 25 pounds and still moving the same. A lot may depend on how he runs in the spring and summer to open up offers from the elite programs that recruit the Big Reds.
Lake Area Top 2019 Prospects
- Ali’vonta Wallace 6-1 210 Jr LB Muskegon
- Logan Brown 6-6 290 Jr OL East Kentwood Wisconsin
- Anthony Bradford 6-5 330 Jr OL Muskegon
- Mazi Smith 6-3 305 Jr DL East Kentwood
- Adam Berghorst 6-7 245 Jr DL Zeeland East
- Karsen Barnhart 6-6 280 Jr OL paw Paw
- Jacob Wahlberg 6-3 215 Jr LB/TE Mona Shores
- Tate Hallock 6-3 185 Jr WR/DB Forest Hills Central
- Spencer Holstege 6-5 260 Jr OL Grand Rapids South Christian
- Stuart Kettler 6-5 265 Jr OL East Grand Rapids
- Jack Haverdink 6-4 255 Jr OL Portage Northern
- Luke Marsh 6-4 250 Jr DL/OL Montague
- Damari Roberson 6-2 185 Jr WR/DB Mona Shores
- Peyton Young 6-4 310 Jr OL Muskegon Oakridge
- Boone Bonnema 6-3 215 Jr LB/TE Zeeland East
- Colt Stout 6-4 260 Jr DL Mona Shores
- Eric Wenzel 6-1 185 Jr QB Kalamazoo United
- Donavon Webb 6-0 190 Jr RB Holland
- Art Herndon 5-11 170 Jr DB St. Joseph
- Logan Miller 6-5 275 Jr OL Allendale
Peyton Young 6-4 305 Jr Muskegon Oakridge: The Lake Area’s O line class isn’t just the couple All-American level recruits on the top, it has MAC depth in yet like Young. Much more flexible and agile than his sophomore varsity season. Big kid who carries his weight well and opens some even bigger holes from left tackle for Oakridge, bound for the playoffs after bouncing back from a shutout to Montague. Good wheels getting out to bully linebackers. Pass block technique tbd. Probably a guard or right tackle at next level.
Class of 2020
John Shelton IV 5-10 190 So RB/LB East Grand Rapids: He was the top underclassman at the LMFR’s spring combine and is now a key two-way contributor for undefeated EGR. He was an all-state wrestler in the 189-pound class as just a freshman, and he brings those specialized skills to the field as he’ll often play with a hand down on the line using his strength, quickness and motor to beat bigger offensive linemen. Also plays middle linebacker, his more natural college position. Offensively he is a solid complement to the Pioneers’ senior breakaway back, a classic blue-collar East back out of the i formation who can get tough yards or around the ends.