Registration now open for the 2018 Lake Michigan Football Combine!

football-wallpaper-7Calling high school football student-athletes in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021! Join us on Sunday, March 18th, at MSA Woodland (Grand Rapids, MI) for the 2018 Lake Michigan Football Combine! Click the link below for complete details & registration information… this is one event you won’t want to miss!


All-Lake Area: Division 5-6


  • OL Jacob Achteroff  6-5  295  Sr  North Muskeogn
  • OL Raymond Cunningham  6-3  270  Sr  Charlevoix
  • OL Luke Marsh  6-5  240  Jr  Montague
  • OL Peyton Young  6-4  310  Jr  Muskegon Oakridge
  • OL Stephen Shewan  6-0  205  Jr  Reed City
  • QB Gaetano Vallone  5-10  170  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • RB Bryce Stark  5-11  175  Jr Montague
  • RB Leroy Quinn  5-11  220  So  Muskegon Oakridge
  • RB Giovanni Weeks  6-0  170  Jr  Kent City
  • WR Heath Baldwin  6-5  180  Jr  Kalamazoo United
  • WR Jake Jansen  5-11  175  Sr  Montague


  • DL Anthony Pelton  6-4  240  Jr  Reed City
  • DL Ryan Lints  6-0  225  Sr  Traverse City St. Francis
  • DL Joseph Scott  6-5  230  Jr  Montague
  • DL Billy Koepf  5-9  220  Sr  Chippewa Hills
  • LB Jacob Ager  6-0  230  Sr  Boyne City
  • LB Nathaniel Mitchell  5-11  200  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • LB Joey Muzljakovich  6-1  195  Sr  Traverse City St. Francis
  • LB Christian Brooks  6-2  220  Sr  North Muskegon
  • DB Phillip Jones  5-7  160  Jr  Reed City
  • DB Eric Carson  6-1  170  Sr  Boyne City
  • DB Camron Passenioer  6-0  190  Sr  Ravenna

Senior Exposure Camp: Skill position standouts

Brandon Anderson was the fastest player at last springs LMFR Combine, and again showed off his wheels with a camp second-best 4.46-second 40 time. It’s easy to see how the 5-10, 160 senior averaged over 20 yards per catch during the season for Cassopolis. A versatile playmaker who can come out of the backfield, lineup wide, or contribute in the defensive side. Combine that talent with his strong grades, and Anderson remains one of the most recruit-able available prospects in the Lake Area.

The top 40 time belonged to Antonio Postell, a 5-10, 160 senior from Battle Creek Central, befitting an athlete who was his league champion in the 100 and 200 meters last spring.

After their regional playoff game, Ithaca coach Terry Hessbrook said Montague’s Jake Jancek may have got off the line as any receiver they’ve faced, and the Yellowjackets have seen some talent over their decade of dominance. It was quickly apparent why Jancek earned that kind of praise. A smooth, natural receiver who looked like he’d played with the camp quarterbacks all season, not just met 5 minutes prior. The 5-10, 175 senior ran back-to-back 4.6 40s and showed additional athleticism going airborne to corral balls, once snatching the ball off the top of the defensive back’s helmet. Jancek’s 4.0 gpa just sweetens the deal for college coaches.

An ideal complement to smaller, speed guys like Anderson and Jancek is Blake Keller, a 6-3, 175 Hudsonville senior. Also a college baseball prospect, and that hand-eye ability was evident as he caught everything. Uses his size well and high-points the ball. Keller had the most impressive catch of the workout, battling tough defense while going to the ground and bringing home a live 50/50 ball.

Stevensville Lakeshore’s Damien King formed one of the Lake Area’s top receiving duos in the fall with Connor Brawley. King looks the part, a 6-4, 190 long strider. He struggled with some drops at camp, but that shouldn’t be a concern given his track record he had 25 catches and five touchdowns during the regular season. With his frame and 4.9 speed, may project best as a college tight end.

A number of running backs turned in 40 times of 4.7 seconds or less — 5-8, 170 Keggan Benkhardt of Kenowa Hills; 5-10, 190 Jared Evans from Grant; 5-11, 185 Jared Evans of Grant; 6-11, 185 James Paulin of Ionia; and 6-1, 205 Jake Rajala all the way from Houghton.

Defensive backs and receivers coaches liked included 5-9, 170 Nathan Goralski of Romeo; 5-9, 160 Damyon Wedge of Allegan; and 5-11, 175 Aiden Nelson of Morley Standwood.

The receivers at camp benefited greatly from catching balls from a pair of talented quarterbacks. 6-2, 210 senior Jackson Pollack led Williamston to a Division 4 district title in the fall. Even in the interactions with receivers at the camp you could see some of the charisma and leadership qualities inherent to the QB position. Thickand strong college-ready body and threw a tight ball that he was able to place where defenders didn’t have a chance. It can be tough for small school quarterbacks to make the jump to the next level, so it’s understandable that Merrill’s 6-4, 185 senior Jake Knierim also listed himself for coaches as a running back and could contribute on the other side of the ball, but man what an arm. He threw the best deep ball at camp, just like he did at the LMFR Combine last spring.



All-Lake Area Division 3-4


OL Brandon Rake  6-7  240  Sr  Whitehall
OL Karsen Barnhart  6-6  280  Jr  Paw Paw
OL Cole Schut  6-4  270  Sr  Holland
OL Antwan Reed  6-6  315  Sr  Muskegon
OL Marquis Cooper  6-2  310  Jr  Muskegon
TE Brandon Kramer  6-3  220  Sr  Cedar Springs
QB Isaac Dykema  6-2  205  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
RB Thomas Griggs  5-10  210  Sr  Wyoming Kelloggsville
RB James Daniel  5-9  175  Sr  Belding
WR Clinton Jefferson  6-0  175  Sr  Muskegon
WR Hunter Spence  5-9  160  Sr  Comstock Park


DL Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Sr  Dowagiac  Grand Valley State
DL Aiden Burns  6-2  215  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
DL Nico Leasher  6-3  250  Sr  Plainwell
DL Marshawn Kneeland  6-4  200  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
LB Boone Bonnema  6-3  215  Jr  Zeeland East
LB Toby Hulst  6-1  220  Sr  Grand Rapids South Christian
LB Chris Griffin  5-10  200  Sr  Edwardsburg
LB Ross Bolman  6-1  200  Jr  Zeeland West
DB Marvin Harwell  5-10  165  Sr  Muskegon
DB Anthony Ladd  5-10  190  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
DB Sean Branch  5-10  175  Sr  Stevensville Lakeshore

All-Lake Area Division 1-2


  • OL Cody Carone  6-4  295  Sr  Rockford  Ferris State
  • OL Dan VanOpstall  6-6  240  Sr  Jenison
  • OL Chuckie Anthony  6-1  295  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • OL Max Godsil  6-6  260  Sr  Portage Central
  • OL Swayer Perkette  5-10  220  Sr  Traverse City West
  • TE Kyle Nyboer  6-1  225  Sr  Grandville
  • QB Tristan Robbins  5-11  175  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • RB Sincere Dent  5-11  210  Jr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • RB Seankeese Townsend  5-10  185  Sr  West Ottawa
  • WR Tate Hallock  6-3  175  Jr  Forest Hills Central
  • WR Keyshawn Summerville  6-0  165  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores


  • DL Seth Hoonhorst  6-3  275  Sr  Hudsonville
  • DL Mazi Smith  6-3  305  Jr  East Kentwood
  • DL Elijah Gurley  6-3  240  Sr  Forest Hills Central
  • LB Jace Thornton  6-2  210  Sr  Forest HIlls Central
  • LB DeAnthony Davis  5-10  175  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • LB Khale Showers  5-11  175  Sr  Rockford
  • LB Gino Romanelli  5-11  200  Sr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
  • DB Marcus Remtema  6-0  175  Sr  Rockford  Grand Valley State
  • DB Addison Buckius  6-3  200  Sr  Lowell
  • DB Darius Pruitt  6-3  205  Sr  Kalamazoo Central
  • DB Terry O’Connor  6-3  210  Sr  Traverse City Central

All-Lake Area Defense 2017


The leading tackler on the Lake Area’s top team, Muskegon junior Ali’vonta Wallace.

Defensive MVP
Ali’Vonta Wallace  6-1  230  Jr  Muskegon: The Lake Area’s No. 1 rated 2019 prospect, ahead of a handful of linemen with Power 5 offers, Wallace justifies his accolades with production on the field. He was the leading tackler for Muskegon, which goes into the Division 2 state final undefeated having shut out the majority of its opponents while allowing an average of just a touchdown per game.

  • DL Eli Jackson  6-0  300  Sr  Muskegon
  • DL Adam Berghorst  6-7  250  Jr  Zeeland East
  • DL Max Lundeen  6-4  240  Sr  East Grand Rapids
  • LB Liam Cavanagh  6-4  210  Sr  West Ottawa
  • LB Nathaniel Mitchell  6-0  245  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • LB Joel Wilson  6-4  205  Sr  Petoskey
  • LB Brett Taylor  5-11  225  Sr  Comstock Park
  • DB Willie Shanks  6-2  185  Sr  Muskegon
  • DB Bryce Clay  5-10  190  Sr  Forest Hills Central
  • DB Connor Bolthouse  5-11  190  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • DB Matt Martin  5-7  155  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores

All-Lake Area Offense 2017



Senior quarterback La’darius Jefferson led Muskegon undefeated into the Division 3 state final.

Offensive MVP
La’darius Jefferson  6-2  215  Sr  QB  Muskegon: His sophomore season was played in Mississippi, though any SEC quarterbacking roots that may have taken hold would link Jefferson more to Tebow or Prescott than Eli. A powerhouse dual threat behind the state’s top line, a combination that has resulted in the most prolific offense in the history of the state’s winningest program. In leading Muskegon to the D3 state final, Jefferson ran for 1,838 yards and 29 TDs and threw for 1,208 yards and 21 TDs with two interceptions. Those numbers are modest compared to what they could have been had Muskegon not blown out nearly its entire schedule. Jefferson originally committed to undefeated Central Florida but re-opened his recruitment after being offered by resurgent top 25 MSU — though as an “athlete” and not necessarily a QB.

  • OL Jalen Mayfield  6-5  245  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Michigan
  • OL Anthony Bradford  6-5  6-5  330  Jr  Muskegon
  • OL Matt Stefanski  6-3  315  Sr  Frankfort
  • OL Spencer Holstege  6-5  265  Jr  Grand Rapids South Christian
  • OL Logan Brown  6-6  285  Jr  East Kentwood  Wisconsin
  • TE Ryan Hayes  6-7  250  Sr  Traverse City West  Michigan
  • QB Susu Davenport  6-1  175  Sr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  • RB Nolan Fugate  6-1  210  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • RB Jo Jo Whitley  5-10  175  Sr  Comstock Park
  • WR Xavier Wade  6-3  180  Sr  West Ottawa
  • WR Bryant Kieft  6-3  205  Sr  Watervliet


Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 12

Class of 2018

Christian Balanda  6-6  275  Sr  OL/DL  Forest Hills Central: Noteworthy basically for his size alone as a junior, he’s become a legitimate player as a senior, the starting right tackle for an undefeated Rangers team in the D2 state semifinals. Does a good job shooting his hands and keeping them inside. Balanda is a better run blocker than in pass protection where lack of flexibility and quickness show through and he can struggle holding the edge against athletic rushers. Shows decent instincts in stints at defensive tackle. Size and experience against high-end competition will give him a shot at the next level.

Seth Davis  5-9  175  Sr  ATH  Ithaca: Saw him live in the regional at Montague and loved the production and toughness. An edge guy for Ithaca and perfect at it for the high school level, as he’s able to pressure the quarterback or drop back and make plays in coverage. Made big third- and fourth-down stops, had a crucial interception and return, recovered a fumble and had a long reception of his own. Probably safety at the college level.

Cole Schut  6-4  270  Sr  OL  Holland: Like Balanda above, another lineman who made a big jump in improvement as a senior, but is more ready-made and less of a project. Schut is a return starter at left tackle who helped Holland make a playoff appearance. Committed to Grand Valley State over offers from Hillsdale, Drake, Bucknell, Morehead State and Concordia. Quick, aggressive first step as a run blocker. What he lacks in wingspan he makes up for in speed, technique, base/balance and high game IQ working angles and leverage.

Class of 2019 

Preston Johnson  6-3  170  Jr  WR  Reed City: Reed City is going to run it mostly and who can blame them the Coyotes are in the Division 5 semifinals. That makes Johnson often a blocker. But you have to like his physical profile and long, smooth stride. He had a 60-yard TD catch in the regular season against Tri-County.

Class of 2020

Josh Priebe  6-4  265  So  OL  Edwardsburg: Zeeland West is home, but Edwardsburg continues to represent Lake Area wing-T offenses in the playoffs, with a return appearance to the semifinals. Preibe is the right guard on a line that just man-handled Lansing Sexton in the regional, rolling up 353 rushing yards and 52 points. He moves really well for his size and age and is good at creating the horizontal lanes you want from the wing-T. If Priebe wasn’t out-quacking Sexton’s shorter, squatter D linemen to gain pad level advantage, he was pulling or getting into the second level and dwarfing the Big Reds’ linebackers. Plays with some attitude and swagger, which isn’t common among young big guys. One of the Lake Area’s top interior line prospects in the 2020 group.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 11


Xavier Wade and West Ottawa play Clarkston Saturday.

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

  1. Jalen Mayfield  6-5  250  OL/DL  Grand Rapids Catholic Central  Michigan
  2. La’darius Jefferson  6-2  210  ATH  Muskegon  Michigan State
  3. Ryan Hayes  6-7  260  ATH  Traverse City West  Michigan
  4. Xavier Wade  6-3  180  WR  West Ottawa
  5. Nolan Fugate  6-1  190  RB  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  6. Cade Peterson  6-5  190  QB  Maple City Glen Lake  Grand Valley State
  7. Jason Whittaker  6-5  200  QB  Rockford  Northwestern
  8. Braeden Childress  6-4  215  TE  Big Rapids
  9. Joel Wilson  6-4  205  Edge  Petoskey
  10. Antwan Reed  6-7  315  OL  Muskegon
  11. Susu Davenport  6-1  175  ATH  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  12. Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Edge  Dowagiac  Grand Valley State
  13. Eli Jackson  6-1  275  DL  Muskegon
  14. Cody Carone  6-3  295  OL  Rockford  Ferris State
  15. Keontae Watson  6-5  260  OL  Muskegon Mona Shores
  16. Christian Brooks  6-2  220  LB  North Muskegon
  17. Jacob Wohlgemuth  6-5  300  DL  Wyoming Kelloggsville
  18. Dan VanOpstall  6-6  230  DL/OL  Jenison
  19. Brett Taylor  5-10  220  LB  Comstock Park
  20. CJ Jefferson  6-0  175  ATH  Muskegon
  21. Willie Shanks  6-2  185  DB  Muskegon
  22. Marcus Remtema  6-0  185  DB  Rockford  Grand Valley State
  23. Brandon Anderson  5-10  155  WR/RB  Cassopolis
  24. Keyshaun Summerville  6-0  165  WR/DB  Muskegon Mona Shores
  25. Darius Pruitt  6-3  185  DB  Kalamazoo Central

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.

Lake Area Prospect Watch: Week 10


Holland senior Luke Buckman is one of the Lake Area’s top tight end recruits for the 2018 class.

Class of 2018

Luke Buckman  6-5  225  Sr  TE  Holland: Luke’s older brother Wade Buckman was a Holland QB now a tight end at Purdue. The younger sibling made the switch earlier, as a junior when he had the height and skill position but not the strength. Now that he’s put on weight, Buckman was one of the most improved players in the Lake Area for a Holland team eliminated in the D3 opening round by Muskegon. Solid both in his routes and hands, what makes Buckman an attractive prospect for the next level is that he combines a fondness and toughness for blocking to go with his ball skills.

Kenyon Story  6-2  260  Sr  DL  Breckenridge: From outside the usual coverage area but a nice small town story, no pun intended, as Breckenridge just won the first playoff game in school history. Story is a two-way tackle whose future is on the defensive side. Fits the profile of so many players from small rural schools who have slipped onto GLIAC rosters and left as starters and all-league. What makes Story so promising is his somewhat unexpected speed. There are two more recruitable linemen in Breckenridge’s junior class 6-4, 240 junior Schriver Miller and 6-1, 250 junior Hunter Smith the Huskies’ leading tackler.

Class of 2019

Noah Evers  6-3  260  Jr  OL  Plainwell: When a Wolverine Conference can knock an O-K team out of the playoffs it’s a quality W and Plainwell did just that in the opening round against South Christian. Evers is Plainwell’s left tackle and while he doesn’t project to that spot for college he’s perfect for their power running game because he’s compact and violent in small spaces. Toughness and can run a little bit, projects as a guard.

Jack Haverdink  6-4  260  Jr  OL  Portage Northern: One of the best linemen to come out of the Lake Area in the 1980s, Jack’s father Kevin Haverdink went from Hamilton (also the starting center on the Hawkeyes’ state championship basketball team) to outstanding teams at WMU and then the Saints. The younger Haverdink will be a three-year starter at left tackle for the Huskies. Tough run blocker because he’s big and strong at point of attack. Has some skill as well not just mauling guys, he’s able to get pad level on smaller ends and use angles to redirect him. That technique is about all you can project to his pass protection. If he’s able to play upright as well at camps, it’s not inconceivable Haverdink gets Big Ten interest.

Gio Weeks  6-0  170  Jr  RB  Kent City: Catalyst of the first team in school history to have an undefeated regular season. Kent City’s biggest test will come in the district final against fellow D6 unbeaten Montague and a junior running back star to counter Weeks in Bryce Stark. Weeks has plus speed for high school let alone for a Class C school and he’s easily able to the corners to get perpendicular again to the end zone and attack. Weeks gives you more than that because he’s also a tough runner between tackles. Can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a threat returning kicks. It can be hard for small-school backs to break through to the college ranks, but with Weeks’ speed — school-record sprinter — he could be able to separate himself on recruiters’ lists in the future as he does now from defenses.