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 ATH Muskegon Michigan State
- Ryan Hayes 6-7 260 ATH Traverse City West Michigan
- Xavier Wade 6-3 180 WR West Ottawa
- Nolan Fugate 6-1 190 RB Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- Cade Peterson 6-5 190 QB Maple City Glen Lake Grand Valley State
- Jason Whittaker 6-5 200 QB Rockford Northwestern
- Braeden Childress 6-4 215 TE Big Rapids
- Joel Wilson 6-4 205 Edge Petoskey
- Antwan Reed 6-7 315 OL Muskegon
- Susu Davenport 6-1 175 ATH Wyoming Godwin Heights
- Caleb Murphy 6-4 210 Edge Dowagiac Grand Valley State
- Eli Jackson 6-1 275 DL Muskegon
- 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
- Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 300 DL Wyoming Kelloggsville
- Dan VanOpstall 6-6 230 DL/OL Jenison
- Brett Taylor 5-10 220 LB Comstock Park
- CJ Jefferson 6-0 175 ATH Muskegon
- Willie Shanks 6-2 185 DB Muskegon
- Marcus Remtema 6-0 185 DB Rockford Grand Valley State
- Brandon Anderson 5-10 155 WR/RB Cassopolis
- Keyshaun Summerville 6-0 165 WR/DB Muskegon Mona Shores
- 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.
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.
Class of 2018
Ethan Ancick 6-6 215 Sr TE Manton: Transfer from “downstate,” Walled Lake Northern, who at times just manhandled small-school Northern Michigan competition. Natural pass catcher at 6-foot-6 who gives quarterback Hunter Ruell so many looks split wide or tight, winning balls in crowds or beating one-on-one coverage. Also a college basketball prospect and that hoops background shows with his ball skill in traffic and overall athleticism. Projects as a college tight end where he has plus physical tools for the position though blocking is TBD. Compares favorably to the top tight end in the Lake Area, Big Rapids’ Braeden Childress, who has three MAC offers.
Liam Cavanaugh 6-4 205 Sr LB/TE West Ottawa: It’s a brave new world for West Ottawa athletics, winning its first-ever boys’ district championship in basketball and then its first O-K Red title in football in the same calendar year. One of the faces in that renaissance is that of Cavanaugh, one of the top defensive playmakers in the O-K Red the past two seasons. He was as crucial as ever in keeping WO’s dream season alive with five catches for 171 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner as tie expired, in the D1 playoff opener with Grandville. Productive outside linebacker whether coming in tight against power teams or out in space against athletes. Smooth and quick off blocks with good understanding of where plays are headed. GLIAC talent at linebacker but with a red-shirt year for sure he’s not going to win any physical one-on-one battles. Cavanaugh shows his versatility and athletic ability on offense. He can block as an H back, has the hands of a receiver and is a dangerous wildcat quarterback on two-point conversions or filling in like he did against East Kentwood running it right through their defense for two TDs.
Thomas Griggs 5-10 210 Sr RB Wyoming Kelloggsville: One of the Lake Area’s best in two sports football and basketball. One of two good senior backs for undefeated Kelloggsville along with David jackson, and senior QB Alex Guzman also a capable runner, Griggs has rushed for over 2,500 yards the past two seasons. In the district final will be the first time this season he has a higher-rated running back on the other side, as undefeated Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Nolan Fugate has better measurables. What makes Griggs good is his feel and vision, quick stop-start and balance, while lacking the explosion and pure speed. For a a seemingly bigger target, Griggs is able to get small in tight spaces and defenders rarely get clean hits. While Jackson is the better blocker in pass pro, Griggs will do his part burying linebackers on end-arounds.
Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 330 Sr DL Wyoming Kelloggsville: Undefeated Kelloggsville has enough depth that Wohlgemuth doesn’t have to go both ways. He’s utilized fully on defense though playing tackle and end in 4-3 sets or at nose tackle when Kelloggsville goes to a 3-4 look. Also plays special teams. When playing on the interior either way the linebacker behind him feasts because Wohlgemuth’s an automatic double-team. The Rockets’ defense takes off once he creates havoc at the line because when the pocket collapses and it comes down to playmaking, they had an athletic advantage in the O-K Silver. Plays hard and with a motor for a kid his size always looming over the quarterback somehow, you feel the presence. Will really have to polish technique at the next level because right now so rarely sees anyone of similar size and won’t able to just bull rush over a center or shut down the A or B gap just by getting out of his stance. Riding MAC/GLIAC line as a prospect.
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
- Adam Berghorst 6-7 250 Jr DL Zeeland East
- Mazi Smith 6-3 305 Jr DL East Kentwoo
- 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
- Damari Roberson 6-2 185 Jr WR/DB Mona Shores
- 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
- 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.
Class of 2017
Nolan Fugate 6-1 205 Sr RB Grand Rapids Catholic Central: Should have MAC offers given his measurables and production for defending D4 state champion and currently undefeated Catholic Central. Since they haven’t caught on yet, he ran for 475 yards and five TDs against Comstock Park. Yeah it’s nice to run behind the Lake Area’s top prospect tackle Jalen Mayfield, but Fugate has the tools to finish the deal as he runs in the 4.5s with that frame, and can cut in tight spaces isn’t just doing it on raw speed.
Elijah Gurley 6-3 245 Sr DL/OL Forest Hills Central: Really liked him last season in the playoffs against Lowell as an undersized technician at left tackle. He’s put on 20 pounds since then and emerged as impact pass-rusher for one of the Lake Area’s top teams. Takes advantage of his quickness both ways. Knack for being the first to put the hands on. College future is likely on the defensive side but remains a standout on the O line as well, winning pad level and with live feet.
Bryant Kieft 6-3 205 Sr ATH Watervliet: The favored receiving target in one of the Lake Area’s most prolific offenses. A physical mismatch at the small school level where he can outrun most linebackers and dwarfs the typical defensive backs. ‘Vliet QB Zach Pickens gets Kieft the ball in myriad situations and no matter where he is on the field, Kieft tags on yards after the catch, runs hard and is tough to bring down. Thus far he’s made 38 catches for 1,066 yards and 11 TDs. He’s a similar physical presence as an outside linebacker pinning back his ears and blowing around the ends making plays on instinct and hustle good for six sacks and nine tackles for loss. His success at the next level will be determined by how hard he’s willing to work once he can’t just go out and dominate on talent. Likely college future as a tight end or H back. Similar to former LMFR camper Logan Hessbrook, who went from a receiver at Ithaca and SVSU to starting at tight end for CMU when Tyler Conklin was hurt.
Brandon Kramer 6-3 220 Sr TE Cedar Springs: Like Zeeland West, Cedar Springs runs the tight T. Cedar isn’t as jumbo sized sans all the Dutch boys, but like with the Dux you’ll find among the roster’s best athletes at tight end. For the Red Hawks that pair is Kramer and 6-4 220 senior Jordon Lyon. Solid down blocker with the straight line speed to get into the second level. The way he moves in the open field as a blocker suggests potential as a route runner. Effective and well-coached in his system, with enough physical tools to make him a recruitable project.
Jace Thornton 6-1 210 Sr LB Forest Hills Central: Like his Rangers teammate above, Elijah Gurley, Thornton made a jump athletically from his junior season to now. He’s an outside linebacker with three interceptions, including in FHC’s first win against Lowell this century. It’s not a surprise he can make the catch in coverage, Thornton’s an effective tight end, but he now has explosion to turn the play around like with a pick returned for a TD against Ottawa Hills. Plays solid assignment football.
Class of 2019
Adam Berghorst 6-7 245 Jr DL Zeeland East: If you recruit Michigan and miss out on Carman-Ainsworth’s Mike Fletcher, Berghorst isn’t a bad consolation at all. Similar body type, three-sport background and college potential to TC West’s Ryan Hayes. Both are top 5 overall Lake Area prospects in their respective classes. They also had older brothers who are/were D1 linemen. The difference lays on the field, where Berghorst is a prototype D end. His flexibility, elusiveness and motor all belie his size and age. That’s what makes the potential here so scary, because he has the innate qualities for the position with time and coaching to work on his hand work and add strength. Impact maker for undefeated Zeeland East. Hoping to see Berghorst against some physical peers in the postseason.
Jacob Wahlberg 6-3 215 Jr LB/TE Muskegon Mona Shores: With success come rewards. Wahlberg is a key two-way player for undefeated Mona Shores, and now has four MAC offers most recently Toledo. Consistent, makes smart reads and can blanket sideline to sideline from his mike linebacker spot. Now handling an ever bigger load with fellow junior linebacker Damari Roberson out with a knee injury. Wahlberg missed some time himself earlier in the season. A productive game next Friday against fellow unbeaten Muskegon, and Wahlberg’s interest from bigger schools could become serious.
Wilson Wirebaugh 6-2 210 Jr QB Holland Christian: Also a college baseball prospect. He’s had some big games for he Maroons including 28-of-40 for 357 yards and five TDs against Unity Christian. He followed up that with another five TD game, including two on the ground, Friday at Spring Lake. Plays out of the shotgun and loves the fades, with a knack for dropping in the long ball. Coaches will want to see if he has the velocity for out routes.
Class of 2021
Blake Bosma 6-3 170 Fr WR West Ottawa: It’s hard to recall impact freshman receivers in the O-K Red, ever. Here’s one. With defenses focused on senior Xavier Wade, Bosma is a nice check down option for junior QB Isaac VanDuyke. He had a TD catch when Rockford lost track of him in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ O-K Red clinching come-from-behind win. He’ll be a legit No. 1 the next three years, he makes it look easy with the way he moves and hid hand-eye coordination. Blake comes by the athleticism honestly his dad Duane was an All-American basketball player at Hope and his brother Tyler, a West Ottawa senior, is a hoops all-stater himeself headed to Miami-OH to play baseball. The younger Bosma has some toughness for his age. He’s not afraid to go across the middle or get airborne to make catches, and he’ll engage as a blocker downfield.
Class of 2018
Jacob Ager 6-1 230 Sr LB Boyne City: Old school, run stuffing, sideline-to-sideline mike linebacker. Fundamental tackler who delivers a wallop and can tell he’s well-coached because he plays hard and with an edge but is still a clean hitter. Plays with the toughness of the former offensive lineman that he was, with the legs of a tight end and fullback where Ager can also contribute. Had 100 tackles as a junior and has now led Boyne City to a 4-0 start. Similar to but better than another recent small-school Up North linebacker St. Francis’ Byron Bullough.
Jamar Bennett 6-0 225 Sr RB Godwin Heights: Doesn’t have the breakaway TD runs that tend to get backs noticed on the local news highlights, but is a solid all-around complement to star QB Susu Davenport in the Wolverines’ backfield. Patient between-the-tackles runner who can make the first guy miss and runs falling forward. Can catch the ball and has the size to be an impact blocker. Versatile rotation back at the next level. Some may like him as a linebacker as well.
Seth Hoonhorst 6-2 280 Sr DL Hudsonville: Hard worker who has added weight and strength and turned himself into a recruitable player thanks to his versatility on the D line. Moves from tackle to ends and in four- or three-man fronts. Probably more at home from the interior as he’s quick in short spaces and doesn’t mind locking horns and brawling. His rate of improvement and competence at a scarce position just increase the value and intrigue.
Max Lundeen 6-4 225 Sr DL East Grand Rapids: Has produced against quality competition, including wins against Farmington Hills Harrison, Forest Hills Northern and Lowell for 4-0 EGR. Lines up off two feet and is quick beating tackles inside or outside. Aggressive with a motor, throws his body around in pursuit. Plays upright, which doesn’t say linebacker at the next level. Doesn’t need to add that much more weight to play his natural position with his hand down and be a pass rush threat at the D2 level.
Caleb Murphy 6-4 210 ATH Dowagiac: Just overmatches teams physically at times, running a 4.5 with that frame. Does so much for Dowagiac, rushing the passer, dropping back in coverage, vertical and reach for tough receptions, yac, wildcat, end arounds or against a tough running team like Edwardsburg just going old school smashmouth in the middle. Kind of small-town athlete who ends up starting in the MAC or all-league in the GLIAC.
Class of 2019
Tate Hallock 6-3 175 Jr WR/DB Forest Hills Central: He and another Rangers lacrosse player Bryce Clay provide two serious playmakers for a 4-0 FHC team scoring over 40 a game — at a level where Hallock looks like he could be a top 10 Lake Area recruit in the 2019 class. Creative route runner who uses his size to extend over defenders and has some separation speed. Shows physicality and toughness as a blocker and tackler. Similar to Jacorey Sullivan, the two-way Muskegon standout now at CMU.
Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Isaac Dykema Sr QB Grand Rapids Christian: He threw for 391 yards and four TDs, his second-straight four TD game, as the Eagles pounded Wyoming.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Marty Ward Sr LB East Grand Rapids: He had two interceptions for the Pioneers against Lowell. The second ended the Red Arrows’ final drive and preserved EGR’s 17-14 victory, their first win over Lowell this decade.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Leroy Quinn So RB Muskegon Oakridge: The powerhouse underclassman had 19 carries for 195 yards and 5 TDs in Oakridge’s blowout of Shelby.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Jaxon Disbrow Jr QB/DB Kalkaska: He threw for 207 yard and five TDs and made 14 tackles including a sack as the Blazers improved to 3-0 with a 46-22 defeat of Benzie Central.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Terry Farmer, Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix: The Knights were on the verge of losing 20 straight games. But their streak ended at 19. And it couldn’t have come against a more gratifying opponent — Kalamazoo Central. This is Farmer’s first season at Loy-Norrix.
Class of 2018
Connor Bolthouse 5-10 175 Sr DB Grand Rapids West Catholic: The Falcons’ game against Power-T Zeeland West wasn’t the best venue to scout the pass coverage ability of Bolthouse, who had four picks last season for the D5 state champions. But he made a nice extra linebacker! Nose for the ball and tough, so that helps. His agility and hand-eye were on display offensively when he made a nice over-the-shoulder catch against the Dux.
Christian Brooks 6-2 215 Sr RB/LB North Muskegon: College size and speed on both sides of the ball have this transfer from Illinois looking like a Muskegon High talent at North Muskegon. Patient and smooth at Mike linebacker as the play develops, doesn’t over-commit, avoids the anarchy in the trenches and then is able to finish plays with physical but legal hits. A long stride runner who is able to separate from defenders if he breaks into the second level — in a Week 3 win against Ravenna, Brooks had a 55-yard TD run and returned a blocked punt for a TD. Shares carries for the Norse which allows him to also show fullback potential with his willingness to block and ability to catch the ball. Showed off his athletic bonafides at the LMFR spring combine when he record a 4.6-second 40, 34″ standing vertical, 42′ power ball toss and 4.35-second pro agility drill.
Thomas Robinson 6-1 180 Sr WR Wyoming Lee: Likely the Lake Area’s fastest player, but cloistered in a football backwater at Wyoming Lee. Robinson is the two-time defending D3 state champion sprinter in the 100- and 200-meter dash.
Joel Wilson 6-4 200 Sr ATH Petoskey: How’s this for versatility? Wilson was the LMFR Defensive Player of Week 2, then came out in Week 3 and threw for 209 yards and three TDs and ran for another in a win against Cadillac. And he was still getting it done on defense with two TFL and a sack. As an outside linebacker he was able extend the edge and keep the block from getting inside his shoulder. Natural moving athlete who is good in pursuit. D1 athleticism and body, at the LMFR spring combine he had a 33 1/3″ standing vertical, 4.3-second pro agility and 40′ power ball toss. A three-sport standout with still a lot of untapped potential who may actually project best as a tight end, though given his physical tools he’s still one of the Lake Area’s top QB prospects.
Anthony Bradford 6-5 330 Jr OL Muskegon: There are various ways to skin a cat. Do you like your offensive tackle prospects long, lanky, and waiting to put on college weight, like the Lake Area’s top two 2018 prospects Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes, both headed to U-M? Or do you like them with the width and weight already there, and sculpt and rearrange some of it in college, like Bradford, who just received an Ohio State offer? Bradford is the Big Reds’ right tackle, a bookend to Penn State-bound Antwan Reed at left tackle. He often looks twice as wide as the defenders he’s going against, so it surprises him with how quickly he gets his hands on them. Serves up pancakes like it’s 3 am at IHOP and a bunch of drunk college kids just rolled in. Great motor and energy for his size.
Lake Area Junior Offensive Line Prospects
- Anthony Bradford 6-5 330 Jr Muskegon
- Logan Brown 6-6 290 Jr East Kentwood
- Karsen Barnhart 6-4 280 Jr Paw Paw
- Spencer Holstege 6-5 260 Jr Grand Rapids South Christian
- Stuart Kettler 6-5 265 Jr East Grand Rapids
- Jack Haverdink 6-4 255 Jr Portage Northern
- Logan Miller 6-5 275 Jr Allendale
- Marquis Cooper 6-2 280 Jr Muskegon
- Tyler Sikkema 6-3 260 Jr Wayland
- Peyton Young 6-4 310 Jr Muskegon Oakridge
- Luke Harmon 6-4 250 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- Michael Sarabyn 6-6 270 Jr Dowagiac
Spencer Holstege 6-5 260 Jr OL Grand Rapids South Christian: It may have been bittersweet for Holstege on Saturday. He was a guest of MSU as a recruit, but had to witness a high school legend from his alma mater, Jon Wassink, struggle with growing pains as WMU’s QB. As for Holstege the prospect, he was already very strong in the spring, and has added 25 pounds since, which has aided his transition from underclassman tight end to upperclassman left tackle. That tight end background shows with how comfortable he is out in space in the second level hunting down linebackers. Uses the aforementioned strength to bully and envelop smaller defenders in the running game. Shows a good bit of nasty for his age, and will play through the whistle. Pad level and technique will have to improve as he faces similarly sized and D linemen in the future. Body type and style may project him to guard at the next level.
Jalin Jones 5-9 200 Jr RB/LB Benton Harbor: Kind of a microcosm of this Benton Harbor team, which lost Saturday to Chicago De La Salle — improving, potential, and could be a key member of a playoff team … in 2018. It’s been a tough road thus far for the 0-3 Tigers, who graduated a strong 2017 class then lost QB Dennie Brown to injury. Jones is a blue-collar two-way kid who is the primary runner when they go with one back, and the lead blocker for Darrius Clayton when they go to the “i.” Tends to over-pursue into the backfield as a linebacker, but showed nice speed and hustle with a TD-saving run down. Improved vision and patience will help him on both sides of the ball.
Damari Roberson 6-2 185 WR/DB Muskegon Mona Shores: Some similarity to former Sailor Asantay Brown — a good if not dynamic receiver in high school who started at safety in college, then became a speed outside linebacker as a junior at WMU. Packs some strength for a young skill guy, which is evident as a tackler, and his ability to make catches in traffic. Not an athlete playing football, this is a football player who loves to stick his nose in there. Roberson has offers from half the MAC and could parlay those into serious Power 5 interest as the season progresses as Mona Shores looks like a threat to be playing deep into the playoffs.
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.
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
- Jalen Mayfield 6-5 260 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central Michigan
- Ryan Hayes 6-7 250 Sr Traverse City West Michigan
- Antwan Reed 6-7 295 Sr Muskegon Penn State
- Cody Carone 6-4 295 Sr Rockford
- Keontae Watson 6-4 265 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- Cole Schut 6-4 270 Sr Holland
- Jacob Achteroff 6-5 300 North Muskegon
- Evan Gast 6-2 285 Sr Byron Center
- Jacob Kochanny 6-4 270 Sr Cadillac
- Jacob Wohlgemuth 6-5 305 Sr Wyoming Kellogsville
- Jake Cleypool 6-2 280 Sr Hopkins
- Matt Eerdmans 6-4 265 Sr East Grand Rapids
- Matt Stefanski 6-4 305 Sr Frankfort
- Sam Sherwin 6-4 250 Sr Traverse City Central
- Brandon Rake 6-6 240 Sr Whitehall
- Malachi Price 6-2 305 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
- Mitchell Gorman 6-5 240 Sr Lowell
- Paul Weinrich 6-4 265 Sr Forest Hills Eastern
- Kaleb McMann 6-5 270 Sr Muskegon Orchard View
- Parker Kingma 6-4 315 Sr Grand Haven
- Andrew Lefebre 6-3 255 Sr Lowell
- Christian Balanda 6-6 265 Sr Forest Hills Central
- Jacob Seager 6-5 285 Sr Kalamazoo Central
- Nathan Roehr 6-4 285 Sr Allendale
- 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
- Luke Morrell 6-1 175 Sr Plainswell
- Liam Putz 6-3 185 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
- Eric Zeboor 5-10 175 Sr Rockford
- Andrew Haan 6-2 185 Sr Grand Rapids South Chrsitian
- 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.