Class of 2018
Xavier Wade 6-3 180 Jr WR West Ottawa: It was a perfect convergence for Wade, who in Ryan Oshnock’s two seasons as West Ottawa’s coach has thrived in the system. He’s had a career that rivals any receiver in O-K Red history. As a junior Wade put up big numbers and flashed talent. As a senior he’s a better football, quicker into top gear of that smooth, long stride, and doing it for the first district championship team in school history. He had 11 catches for 185 yards and a TD in the district final win over Rockford. Wade was also the starting point guard on the school’s first-ever district champion basketball team. One of myriad targets for QB Isaac VanDyk. Good size and ball skills who is just too big a target coming out of the slot against one-on-one coverage he can heat you up with underneath routes but also can break long and make catches on the move. Could be an All-MAC player in four years. He was the top available senior in the Lake Area before La’darius Jefferson decommitted from Central Florida.
Lake Area Top 25 Seniors
- Jalen Mayfield 6-5 250 OL/DL Grand Rapids Catholic Central Michigan
- La’darius Jefferson 6-2 210 QB Muskegon
- Antwan Reed 6-7 300 OL Muskegon Penn State
- Ryan Hayes 6-7 260 OL/DL Traverse City West Michigan
- Xavier Wade 6-3 180 WR West Ottawa
- Nolan Fugate 6-1 190 RB Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- Cade Peterson 6-4 190 QB Maple City Glen Lake Grand Valley State
- Jason Whittaker 6-5 200 QB Rockford Northwestern
- Joel Wilson 6-4 205 Edge Petoskey
- Braeden Childress 6-4 215 TE Big Rapids
- Susu Davenport 6-1 175 ATH Wyoming Godwin Heights
- Caleb Murphy 6-4 210 Edge Dowagiac Grand Valley State
- Brandon Anderson 5-10 155 WR/RB Cassopolis
- Cody Carone 6-3 295 OL Rockford Ferris State
- Keontae Watson 6-5 260 OL Muskegon Mona Shores
- Christian Brooks 6-2 220 LB North Muskegon
- Eli Jackson 6-1 275 DL Muskegon
- Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 300 DL Wyoming Kelloggsville
- Dan VanOpstall 6-6 230 DL/OL Jenison
- Marcus Remtema 6-0 185 DB Rockford
- Keyshaun Summerville 6-0 165 WR/DB Muskegon Mona Shores
- Darius Pruitt 6-3 185 DB Kalamazoo Central
- Brett Taylor 5-10 220 LB Comstock Park
- CJ Jefferson 6-0 175 ATH Muskegon
- Willie Shanks 6-2 185 DB Muskegon
Class of 2019
Boone Bonnema 6-3 215 Jr LB/TE Zeeland East: One of two FBS prospects on defense (Chix junior D-end Adam Berghorst was recently offered by WMU) who’ll be returning in 2018 for what should be another very good Zeeland East team. Bonnema is already a three-year starter. In any high school games he’s one of the biggest, most athletic kids on the field, and he plays up to that profile. He’s best when going full throttle, blitzing and making life hard on QBs or taking on blockers. He embraces the physical confrontation not much subtlety to it whether from his middle linebacker spot or coming out from his H-back spot to hit his corresponding defenders .Best college fit may be as ted linebacker in traditional 3-4. His main value on offense is as a blocker, he runs kind of looping routes but is athletic to make plays after the catch.
Enrique Gonzalez 6-4 185 Jr ATH Jenison: Received his varsity baptism against an at times brutal 2017 schedule — Forest Hills Central, Mona Shores, Muskegon, West Ottawa. In this case ‘athlete’ means ‘tweener.’ He’s a safety and receiver for the Wildcats. With frame and versatility could end up a linebacker or tight end.Tends to play too upright, so he’ll face the tough task of putting on strength while increasing flexibility to get the college coaches noticing.
Bryce Stark 5-11 175 Jr RB Montague: Fittingly given the surname Stark, he’s played his best with winter coming. He ran for 254 yards and four TDs in a 47-0 opening round win over Lakeview then 227 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-13 district final against Kent City. For the year Stark has 161 rushing attempts for 1,501 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’ll see his toughest defense yet in the regional with Ithaca, which is strong on all three levels. Montague spreads it out but uses a power running game with Stark the only back. He’s a quick cut-back runner with good power for his size and the speed to finish, especially at the small-school level. Will have to show coaches he can catch the ball, though to his credit Stark’s only reception this year went for a TD.