Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 8

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Ryan Lints is a four-year starter for TC St. Francis.

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. Do 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

  1. Ali’vonta Wallace  6-1  210  Jr  LB  Muskegon
  2. Logan Brown  6-6  290  Jr  OL  East Kentwood
  3. Anthony Bradford  6-5  330  Jr  OL  Muskegon
  4. Mazi Smith  6-3  305  Jr  DL  East Kentwood
  5. Adam Berghorst  6-7  245  Jr  DL  Zeeland East
  6. Jacob Wahlberg  6-3  215  Jr  LB/TE  Mona Shores
  7. Tate Hallock  6-3  185  Jr  WR/DB  Forest Hills Central
  8. Karsen Barnhart  6-4  280  Jr  OL  Paw Paw
  9. Damari Roberson  6-2  185  Jr  WR/DB  Mona Shores
  10. Spencer Holstege  6-5  260  Jr  OL  Grand Rapids South Christian
  11. Stuart Kettler  6-5  265  Jr  OL  East Grand Rapids
  12. Jack Haverdink  6-4  255  Jr  OL  Portage Northern
  13. Peyton Young  6-4  310  Jr  OL  Muskegon Oakridge
  14. Donavon Webb  5-11  180  Jr  RB  Holland
  15. Art Herndon  5-11  170  Jr  DB  St. Joseph
  16. Luke Harmon  6-5  255  Jr  OL  East Grand Rapids
  17. Luke Marsh  6-4  250  Jr  DL  Montague
  18. Logan Miller  6-5  275  Jr  OL  Allendale
  19. Tyrese Hunt-Thompson  5-11  170  Jr  DB  Cassopolis
  20. Marquise Cooper  6-2  280  Jr  OL  Muskegon

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.

 

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