Lake Area Honors: Week 2

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Muskegon Catholic Central’s sophomore quarterback Cameron Martinez showed his Division I bonafides as a freshman in the state finals, and in Week 2 against Frankfort.

Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week

Zack Pickens  Sr  QB  Watervliet: He had the most prolific scoring game in modern state history against Buchanan. Pickens threw for 258 yards and five TDS and ran for 138 and four TDs. He also threw for four two-point conversions and ran for another, accounting for 64 of Watervliet’s 72 points. That’s the third-highest point total in state history, and the most in nearly 100 years. His nine TDs are the fifth-most in state history, but no one has scored more in nearly 90 years.

Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week

Joel Wilson  Sr  LB  Petoskey: One of the most versatile, athletic prospects in the Lake Area 2018 class, Wilson lived up to that rep when the QB also started at outside linebacker in a 14-7 win against Escanaba and had a sack, two tackles for a loss and broke up a pass.

Lake Area Small School Player of the Week

Cameron Martinez  So  QB  Muskegon Catholic Central: One of the Lake Area’s top 5 2020 recruits, Martinez led MCC to a quality win up North, 31-6 at Frankfort. He ran for 217 yards and a pair of TDs and threw a TD pass. On the defensive side he made an interception.

Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week

Zach Noren  Sr  RB  Lake City: He ran the ball 16 times for 168 yards and four TDs as 2-0 Lake City beat Sanford Meridian 48-20.

Lake Area Coach of the Week

Andrew Pratley, Holland: The Dutch improved to 2-0 with a 58-6 win at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills. The last time Holland began the season 2-0 was 2011 when they ended up a school-record 9-3.

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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.

Lake Area Honors: Week 1

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GVSU got a good one in Glen Lake QB Cade Peterson.

Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week

David Kruse  Sr  QB  Lowell: In a prime time game of the Kickoff Classic at Wayne State, Kruse ran for 126 yards and three TDs. Lowell beat Warren De La Salle 36-6..

Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week

Terry O’Connor  Sr  DB  Traverse City Central: He made a pair of interceptions, and returned one of them for a TD in TC Central’s shutout of Bay City Western.

Lake Area Small School Player of the Week

Jacob Huysken  Sr  DL  Schoolcraft: Given how well Schoolcraft alumnus Bryan Jones has done as a linebacker at SVSU, D2s may look favorably towards Huysken. In a shutout of Fennville he made seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage and returned a kick 75 yards for a TD.

Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week

Cade Peterson  Sr  QB  Maple City Glen Lake: The GVSU-bound signal caller ran for 176 yards and four TDs and threw for 170 yards and two TDs as the Lakers, the 2016 D4 state runnerup, opened the season with a win at Kingsley.

Lake Area Coach of the Week

Todd Kolster, Grand Rapids Catholic Central: Despite graduating studs like Michael Brown and Antonio Strong from last season’s D4 state championship team, Catholic Central went out and again beat Detroit Country Day, their opponent last November at Ford Field. This is the start of Kolster’s second four-year tenure as the Cougars head coach. He’s won a state championship in each of them.

Preseason All-Lake Area Defense

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Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior Jalen Mayfield is an impact two-way lineman and the top prospect in the Lake Area, committed to Michigan.

DL Jalen Mayfield  6-5  260  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: The versatility and talent of the Lake Area’s top overall prospect, as he was all-area on the offensive line last season and projects there at U-M, but is also the best senior defensive linemen. He had a dozen sacks in the 2016 regular season before leading CC to the D4 state title.

DL Mazi Smith  6-4  310  Jr  East Kentwood: Has the rare combination of mass and explosion that can make an elite interior lineman. The offers reflect the talent of the Lake Area’s top DT prospect since Terrance Taylor was at Muskegon — Alabama, Notre Dame and U-M among many

DL Tyden Ferris  6-4  260  Sr  Delton Kellogg: Committed to CMU before his sophomore season. Versatile athlete has pass rusher’s physique and technique, also starts at center and is an all-state wrestler.

DL Eli Jackson  6-1  280  Sr  Muskegon: The Big Reds’ D line doesn’t have the size and talent of the O line, but Jackson sets the tone with blue-collar, selfless play at the point of attack.

LB Brett Taylor  5-11  225  Sr  Comstock Park: Terrific speed and has experience as a fourth-year starter at inside linebacker and guard on offense. Had 80 tackles and two interceptions as a junior.

LB Ali’vonta Wallace  6-1  210  Jr  Muskegon: There are larger prospects, but Wallace was the top actual player among Lake Area underclassman in 2016 and is Muskegon’s leading returning tackler.

LB Traven VanOss  6-0  200  Jr  Three Rivers: In 2016 had 105 tackles including 18 behind the line, forced five fumbles and returned another for a TD.

LB Ryan Ringler  5-8  175  Jr  Cedar Springs: Size is immaterial to this third-year starter savant who is always in the right spots and was the Red Hawks’  Already a third-year starter after leading the Red Hawks in tackles the past two seasons.

DB Darius Pruitt  6-3  200  Sr  Kalamazoo Central: Had 40 tackles and six interceptions as a junior for the Maroon Giants.

DB Marcus Remtema  6-0  185  Sr  Rockford: Third-year starter and the Lake Area’s top cover corner had 55 tackles and two picks last season.

DB Connor Bolthouse  5-10  175  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: The heir apparent to David Fox, now at Grand Valley State, as the playmaker in the backfield for the defending D5 state champions.

Second team

  • DL Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Sr  Dowagiac
  • DL Dan VanOpstall  6-6  250  Sr  Jenison
  • DL Hunter Stearns  6-2  215  Sr  Hudsonville
  • LB Khale Showers  5-11  210  Sr  Rockford
  • LB Christian Brooks  6-2  220  Sr  North Muskegon
  • LB Job Mayhue  6-2  220  Sr  East Kentwood
  • LB Toby Hult  6-1  210  Sr  Grand Rapids South Christian
  • DB Niner Stark  6-3  190  Sr  Gull Lake
  • DB TJ VanKoevering  6-3  195  Jr  Hudsonville Unity Christian
  • DB Willie Shanks  6-1  170  Sr  Muskegon
  • DB John Todd  5-11  160  Sr  Cedar Springs

Preseason All-Lake Area Offense

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West Ottawa senior Xavier Wade is the top receiver in the Lake Area.

OL Antwan Reed  6-7  295  Sr  Muskegon: Amazingly underrated if anything, having not played a complete season last year for Muskegon after moving back from Florida, and then committing in the spring to an out-of-state school, albeit Penn State.

OL Anthony Bradford  6-5  330  Jr  Muskegon: Huge, tough run blocker from right ftackle, teaming with Reed to give the Big Reds the top pair in the Lake Area. Has offers from Alabama, Georgia and MSU.

OL Matt Kelly  6-0  230  Sr  Grandville: He projects to linebacker at the next level but is a terrific high school guard who was All-Lake Area as a junior.

OL Karsen Barnhart  6-4  280  Jr  Paw Paw: They’re coaching ’em up right in Paw Paw, where Michael VanHoeven was an All-Lake Area lineman in 2015 before going to EMU. Now here’s Barnhart off a strong summer with offers from all the in-state MAC schools.

OL Logan Brown  6-6  290  Jr  East Kentwood: Last year it was baptism by fire in the O-K Red, now Brown is morphing from prospect to player with offers from Alabama, U-M, Wisconsin and Penn State.

TE Ryan Hayes  6-7  260  Sr  Traverse City West: Like the Bengals’ Jake Fisher, he plays tight end at West and then tackle in college, in Hayes’ case UM. Had 20 catches for 311 yards.

QB La’darius Jefferson  6-2  215  Sr  Muskegon: Splitting duty in 2016 with Kalil Pimpleton, now at Virginia Tech, he had over 1,500 total yards and 24 TDs for D2 runner up Muskegon. Committed to Central Florida.

RB Nolan Fugate  6-1  205  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: He ran for 1,431 yards and 14 TDs for D4 state champion Catholic Central.

RB Brandon Anderson  5-10  160  Sr  Cassopolis: One of the fastest players in the Lake Area, he had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2016 for 15 TDs while averaging over 9.5 yards a carry.

RB Shane Tagg  6-1  200  Sr  Byron Center: The most experienced returning skill player behind a strong line, Tagg scored 10 TDs in each of the previous two seasons.

WR Xavier Wade  6-3  185  Sr  West Ottawa: As a junior he caught 66 passes for 1,033 yards and nine TDs.

Second Team

  • OL Keontae Watson  6-5  265  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • OL Jacob Kochanny  6-4  270  Sr  Cadillac
  • OL Brandon Rake  6-6  230  Sr  Whitehall
  • OL Cody Carone  6-4  295  Sr  Rockford
  • OL Matthew Stefanski  6-4  305  Sr  Frankfort
  • TE Braeden Childress  6-4  215  Sr  Big Rapids
  • QB Jason Whittaker  6-5  205  Sr  Rockford
  • RB Thomas Griggs  5-10  185  Sr  Wyoming Kellogsville
  • RB Shane Baker  5-11  185  Jr  Grandvile
  • RB JoJo Whitley  5-10  170  Sr  Comstock Park
  • WR Bryce Clay  5-10  190  Sr  Forest Hills Central

 

LMFR Combine All-Underclassman Team

  • ATH John Shelton  5-9  185  Fr  East Grand Rapids
  • OL Ty Potter  6-2  220  So  Hudsonville
  • OL Luke Harmon  6-4  240  So  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • OL Stuart Kettler  6-4  262  So  East Grand Rapids
  • OL Spencer Hulst  6-2  230  So  Grand Rapids South Christian
  • QB Calyn Murphy  6-1  135  Fr  Dowagiac
  • QB Cole Wright  6-2  170  Fr  Charlevoix
  • RB Chandler Edwards  5-10  165  So  North Muskegon
  • RB Alan Ritter  5-9  145  Fr  Charlevoix
  • TE Spencer Holstege  6-5  235  So  Grand Rapids South Christian
  • WR Taven Hakens  6-3  190  So  Saranac
  • WR Kalen Brown  6-0  154  So  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  • DL Carson Bekins  6-0  218  So  Grandville
  • DL Cortez Charleston  5-9  250  So  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  • DL Alex Overla  6-1  265  So  Caledonia
  • DL Nick Hardy  6-0  190  So  Stevensville Lakeshore
  • LB Hunter Parsons  6-1  175  So  Cassopolis
  • LB Anthony Campise  6-1  165  So  Mattawan
  • LB  Michael Dennis  6-2  170  So  Freeland
  • DB Brady Jackson  6-1  185  So  Saranac
  • DB Thomas Rudolph  5-9  156  So  Charlevoix

LMFR All-Combine Defense

Outstanding Defensive Prospect

Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Jr  Edge  Dowagiac: He was an all-league receiver in the fall. Murphy can really be special on the other side of the line. Nice mix of Dowagiac blue collar toughness and explosion coming around the end. Murphy tested in the top 10 across the board, including the best standing vertical, 34 4/5″, and third in the 40-yard dash, 4.5 seconds.

Outstanding Defensive Line Prospect

Ray Cunningham  6-2  240  Jr  Charlevoix: Bull-rushed a number of foes into submission. Played bigger and stronger than his physical measurables at the point of impact. Also an all-league blocker for the Rayders. Cunningham, and every other lineman at the combine, would do well to add some of the pass-rush moves of Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Gabe Rohn. An impact D end from the Division 5 state champs is just 5-9, 234. He used a plethora of techniques to escape the larger offensive linemen, breaking away with quick, strong hands to duck under their inside shoulder again and again. Hudsonville’s 6-2, 240 junior D tackle Seth Hoonhorst is versatile and mobile, also a fullback for the Eagles with special teams value.

Outstanding Linebacker Prospect

Brett Taylor  5-10  220  Jr  Comstock Park: He’s on track to be a four-year, two-way starter at middle linebacker and guard for the Panthers. Taylor showed how here, combining closing linebacker speed with a 4.43 40 (second) and blocking power to handle bigger men from the offensive line with a 46′ power ball toss (third). Not just show strength, as in live action Taylor is stout enough to stone runners high, or hold on when going low. He had 80 tackles and a pair of picks as a junior. A really intriguing new prospect is junior Christian Brooks, an Illinois native now at North Muskegon, with a bunch of nice tools at 6-2, 221. Versatile big body running a 4.64 40. Tested in the top 10 in all four categories. 6-3, 190 junior Michael Munderloh has been a two-year standout on the line in the middle of the Mitten at St. Louis. He had 80 tackles, including 10 for loss, and six sacks, with six recovered fumbles. As a sophomore it was 44 tackles, 13 for loss, and three sacks. Also a good receiver, so could project as a tight end if not linebacker. Munderloh ran a 4.63 40 and 4.33 shuttle. Harley McCaskey is a small-school, two-way star for Morenci, a 6-3, 190 junior who projects best at inside linebacker.

Outstanding Secondary Prospect

Alexander Hage  5-10  155  Jr  Wyoming: He turned in the quickest pro agility drill, 4.22 seconds, and also had top 10 scores in the vertical jump and power ball toss.

All-Combine Defense

  • DL Seth Hoonhorst  6-2  240  Jr  Hudsonville
  • DL Chase Knicki  6-1  238  Jr  Grant
  • DL Grant Bearss  6-1  245  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • DL Gabe Rohn  5-9  234  Jr  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • LB Christian Brooks  6-2  221  Jr  North Muskegon
  • LB  Michael Munderloh  6-3  190  Jr  St. Louis
  • LB Harley McCaskey  6-3  190  Jr  Morenci
  • LB Aidan Burns  6-3  205  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • DB Jacob Kurnat  6-0  170  Jr  Byron Center
  • DB Brand Thelen  5-7  155  Jr  Fowler
  • DB Alexander Hage  5-10  150  Jr  Wyoming
  • DB Maliq Thompson  5-8  180  Jr  Rockford

LMFR All-Combine Offense

Overall Offensive Outstanding Prospect

Brandon Anderson  5-10  155  Jr  RB/WR  Cassopolis: He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash in the combine’s five years, 4.35 seconds. Anderson chased that with a second-place toss in the power ball, showing the all-around explosion of this versatile back. And though he’s an all-state sprinter, Anderson is far from just some track guy putting in pretty numbers. He averaged 9.7 yards per carry and 18.6 per reception while scoring 15 TDs for Cassopolis’ D7 regional championship team. In drills here showed nice instincts making adjustments on the fly to complete catches. Could see him as a CMU type slot back, though college defensive secondary coaches will want to get ahold of Anderson too.

LMFR Combine Top 40s (2013-17)

  1. Jacob Geter, Plainwell (2014): 4.34 seconds
  2. Brandon Anderson, Cassopolis (2016): 4.35
  3. Danny Bauder, Zeeland West (2013): 4.40
  4. Brett Taylor, Comstock Park (2017): 4.43
  5. Michael Williams, Wyoming (2015): 4.44

Offensive Skill Outstanding Prospect

Jacob Knierim  6-4  175  Jr  QB  Merrill: Bright future as he’s a year young for his class. Knierim was just 15 in the fall when he made honorable mention all-state after Merrill made a repeat playoff appearance in his first-year at starting QB. He flourished in the spread throwing for over 2,000 yards with 20 TDs and running for another four during the regular season. Here, he got the ball out quickly, threw with accuracy and communicated with his receivers. As Knierim improves his decision making in year 2, small college spread teams will covet him and with his frame and arm, GLIAC coaches will be taking a long look at his five-year map. As well as Knierim played, based on his physical tools and raw potential we almost had another QB in this spot, 6-4, 195 Jr Joel Wilson from Petoskey. Wilson is a Class A three-sport starter who also projects as a college baseball player. But last season was his first as the Northmen’s starting QB and he got the bug. While not in a pass-friendly offense like Knierim, Wilson still threw for 886 yards and 10 TDs. No QB at the combine came close to testing like Wilson, who was fourth in the vertical jump, and more impressively given his size fifth in the pro agility drill. His multisport background, all-around athleticism and character are similar to Chad Fox, the QB/.catcher from Holland who was Brian Kelly’s first star passer at Grand Valley State. Wilson just won’t come out with the reps like Fox did as a prep. Nevertheless we now have him the No. 4 QB in the Lake Area’s senior class, and the guys ahead have at least MAC offers. He’s also an all-state candidate as a punter and could conceivably play tight end, H back, linebacker at the college level.

A pair of running backs were also in the mix. 6-1 205 Grand Rapids Catholic Central junior Nolan Fugate has always tested well at the combine, and this year was no different with top 10 marks in every event, including a 4.55 40 (fourth), 4.24 pro agility (second) and 33 3/5″ vertical (third).  Those numbers transfer to the field, where Fugate was invaluable in D4 state champion GRCC’s playoff run with 136 yards and 2 TDs against Allendale and 278 yards and 3 TDs against Unity Christian.  With Mike Brown and Antonio Strong matriculating to Miami-OH and GVSU, Fugate will have more touches this fall. He also brings versatility similar to Brown and Strong, as he also projects as a safety or linebacker. So does 6-1 200 Byron Center junior Shane Tagg, who made his name scoring 10 TDs last fall, but can also play safety while contributing on special teams returning kicks or long snapping. What kind of athletes does all that? One with a 4.5 flat 40 (third), 4.26 pro agility (fourth) and 34 1/3 vertical (second).

Offensive Line Outstanding Prospect

OL Johnathan Hardy  6-5  275  Jr  Bay City John Glenn: Combination of speed, frame for good college weight and wingspan in right tackle drills separated Hardy as the top line prospect. He ran a 4.71-second 40 and 5.01 pro agility, the best marks of any of the big men. MAC schools will want him on campus for camps, and if he can show some explosion and power in the run game is a fit for that level. Also in the mix here was a lanky, mobile right tackle 6-6 230 Whitehall junior Brandon Rake. He also showed potential as an end rusher.  Has to get stronger. Cadillac junior Jacob Kochanny is fit at 6-4, 270. He’s an interior guy who can improve flexibility and technique, but is a nasty hitter who plays hard and finishes off his man. A little more mean will go a long way with Frankfort junior Matthew Stefanski. He was the heaviest player at the combine at 6-5, 305 but showed his basketball pedigree by moving on his feet like a smaller man. Just going by test results you might sell short Jacob Achteroff, but the 6-5, 287 North Muskegon junior put in work during the drills, a worker going both ways with a second- and third-effort motor. Strong and guys felt that when he got hands on.

All-Combine Offense

  • OL Brandon  Rake  6-6  230  Jr  Whitehall
  • OL Jacob Kochanny  6-4  270  Jr  Cadillac
  • OL Matthew Stefanski  6-5  305  Jr  Frankfort
  • OL Jacob Achteroff  6-5  287  Jr  North Muskegon
  • OL Sean McKinley  6-3  230  Jr  Houghton Lake
  • QB Jake Wilson  6-4  195  Jr  Petoskey
  • RB Nolan Fugate  6-1  205  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • RB Shane Tagg  6-0  200  Jr  Byron Center
  • TE Patrick Nugent  6-3  225  Jr  Okemos
  • WR Jalen Thomas  5-11  169  Jr  Utica Ford
  • WR Kenny Brewer  6-1  165  Jr  Lansing Waverly

LMFR Combine: Top Ten Vertical Jumps

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We expect Byron Center’s Shane Tagg to increase his already impressive 2016 production of 655 yards on just 64 carries and 10 total TDs this fall as a senior.

Standing Vertical

1. Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Jr  Dowagiac: 34 4/5 inches
2. Shane Tagg  6-1  210  Jr  Byron Center: 34 1/3″
3. Nolan Fugate  6-1  205  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: 33 3/5″
4. Brandon Anderson  5-10  155  Jr  Cassopolis: 33 1/3″
Joel Wilson  6-4  195  Jr  Petoskey: 33 1/3″
5. Kenny Brewer  6-1  165  Jr  Lansing Waverly: 33″
6. Christian Brooks  6-2  221  Jr  North Muskegon: 32 4/5″
Jacob Kurnat  6-0  170  Jr  Byron Center: 32 4/5″
7. Alexander Hage  5-10  150  Jr  Wyoming: 32 1/3″
8. Anthony Glover  5-10  NA  Jr  Muskegon Heights: 31 2/3″
9. Lequan Hooper  5-8  125  Jr  North Muskegon: 31″
10. Brady Jackson  6-1  185  So  Saranac: 30 4/5″
Griffen Caul  6-1  180  So  East Grand Rapids: 30 4/5″
Alan Ritter  5-9  145  Fr  Charlevoix: 30 3/5″

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LMFR Combine: Top Ten Power Ball Distances

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Brett Taylor will be a four-year, two-way starter for Comstock Park as a linebacker and offensive lineman. He showed off that versatility by placing third in the power ball toss and second in the 40-yard dash at the LMFR Combine.

Power Ball Toss

1. Spencer Holstege  6-5  235  So  Grand Rapids South Christian: 48 feet
2. Maliq Thompson  5-8  180  Jr  Rockford: 47′
3. Brett Taylor  6-0  220  Jr  Comstock Park: 46′
4. Brandon Anderson  5-10  155  Jr  Cassopolis: 45′
Grant Bearss  6-1  245  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: 45′
5. John Shelton  5-9  185  Fr  East Grand Rapids: 44′
6 .Jacob Achteroff  6-5  287  Jr  North Muskegon: 43′
7. Christian Brooks  6-2  221  Jr  North Muskegon: 42′
Nolan Fugate  6-1  205  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: 42′
Shane Tagg  6-1  200  Jr  Byron Center: 42′
8. Joel Brawley  5-10  175  Jr  Stevensville Lakeshore: 41′
Chase Konicki  6-1  238  Jr  Grant: 41′
Harley McCaskey  6-3  192  Jr  Morenci: 41′
Caleb Murphy  6-4  210  Jr  Dowagiac: 41′
9. Gabe Rohn  5-9  235  Jr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: 40′
Joel Wilson  6-4  195  Jr  Petoskey: 40′
10. Noah Fowler  5-8  250  So  Allegan: 39′
Alexander Hage  5-10  150  Jr  Wyoming: 39′
Brady Jackson  6-1  185  So  Saranac: 39′
Jakob Kurnat  6-0  170  Jr  Byron Center: 39′
Patrick Nugent  6-3  225  Jr  Okemos: 39′
Henry Sommerdyke  6-3  280  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: 39′
Matthew Stefanski  6-5  305  Jr  Frankfort: 39′
Lucas Tolini  6-0  195  Jr  Onaway: 39′
Clay Ware  5-9  186  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: 39′

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