Monday, July 25, 2016

Dakota Cougars 2016 Football Preview




School Mascot Name: Cougars
2015 Record: 9-3
Conference/Division: MAC Red
2016's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 1
Record last 3 seasons: 28-7
Record last 10 seasons: 100-22

Head Coach: Greg Baur
Head Coaching Experience: 1st year HC, 12th year at school as DC
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Mike Carr, Rick Fontaine, Angelo Plouffe, Andrew Pfannes, Paul Tocco, Matt Carley, Mike Benevides
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 7
Returning Key Players:
Kaiser Carleton RB 2017, Brett Droski QB 2017, Jaylen Hall WR 2017, Evan Sivec WR 2017, Anthony Caldwell WR 2017, Nick Cominos OL 2018, Rahmi Khalil OL 2018, Matt Cook C 2017, Coty Bastian DT 2017, Brenden Siwajek DT 2017, Nick Carl LB 2017, Chase Fulco LB 2017, Chris Magee S 2017, Colin Macklem CB 2017, Clinton Adeagbo CB 2017, Dimitri Donakov TE 2017
Upcoming Players:
Ronye Walker WR 2018, Nick Audia DE 2018, LJ Hassell DE 2018, Stefano Lorenzano DE 2017, Tanner Myers S 2018, Kavon Davis S 2018, Jason Ribbentrop OL 2018, Patrick Donovan OL 2018, Aleks Ristic OL 2017
Team Strength(s) for 2016:
Skilled positions, speed, and experience
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2016:
Young but talented O-Line
2016 Season Outlook:
Extremely tough start of our schedule (OLSM and Eisenhower) will show where we are as we try to win out 5th straight MAC Red championship. We play 2 defending state champions OLSM and Romeo.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The MAC Red division is one of the top if not the best division in Michigan. Defending State Champions Romeo now added makes it even tougher




Dundee Vikings 2016 Football Preview


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School Mascot Name: Vikings
2015 Record: 5-4
Conference/Division: Lenawee County Athletic Association
2016's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 10-17
Record last 10 seasons: 45-50

Head Coach: Kyle McElvany
Head Coaching Experience: 2 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Tom Oestrike- Defensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Dan Fugate- Quarterbacks/Defensive Backs
Rob DeYoung- Offensive Tackles / Defensive Line
Jack Giarmo- T Offense Consultant
Kevin Bechler- JV Offensive Line/Defensive Line
James Hickey- JV Offense Backs / Defensive Backs
Captains:
Gage Campbell- Offensive Tackle / Defensive Tackle, Class of 2017
Joe Jarecki- Center / Defensive Tackle, Class of 2017
Other 2 captains will be voted on August 8 2016
Returning Starters on Offense: 6
Returning Starters on Defense: 5
Returning Key Players:
Gage Campbell- Offensive Tackle / Defensive Tackle - 2017
Joe Jarecki- Center - 2017
Tyler Turner- Tight End / Linebacker - 2017
Ben Miller- Fullback / Linebacker 2018
Austin Gabriel- Halfback  / Defensive Back 2018
Wyatt Liedel- Tight End / Outside Linebacker 2017
Jacob Williams- Guard / Outside Linebacker 2017
Upcoming Players:
Devon Forrest- Guard / Noseguard - 2017
Jared Layton- Running Back / Defensive Back 2017
Cole Salenbien - Quarterback / Defensive Back - 2018
Tim Vann- Quarterback / Defensive Back 2018
Cal McAvoy- Halfback / Linebacker - 2019
Kyle Reinhart- Guard  / Outside Linebacker 2018
Thomas Zonca- Tight End / Linebacker- 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2016:
As we enter August, we expect our offensive and defensive linemen to be the strength of our varsity team. We will also feature an athletic backfield on offense but all those possible starters were varsity role players for the most part last season. This team now understands the coaching staff's expectations and is hungry for success after just missing the playoffs last season.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2016:
We were blessed with an outstanding senior class last season in terms of leadership. Leaders like Tyler Mayo (Linebacker), Tyler Anson (Fullback/Free Safety), Logan Douglas (Quarterback), Gene Miracle (O/D Lineman), Zach Kopka (Running Back/Outside Linebacker), and many others have set the bar high in terms of reinforcing the culture we want as coaches. Like any successful program, we will now be counting on our rising seniors (class of 2017) to pick up where the class of 2016 seniors left off and lead our team towards practicing at a high level and competing against an always challenging LCAA schedule.
2016 Season Outlook:
Our coaching staff and seniors had a special meeting back in February on Superbowl Sunday where they set their goals for the 2016 season. These goals not only included being successful on the field by qualifying for the MHSAA playoffs, but also wanted to be Team Academic All State and defeat our rivals. While we expect to compete in every game, our sole focus right now is having a great training camp and preparing for our week 1 game vs. Airport High School.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
The LCAA will be tougher in 2016. I expect Ida, Hillsdale, and Brooklyn Columbia Central to all qualify for the playoffs. Blissfield was much better than their record last year would indicate & Coach Love will have them improved. Erie Mason returns a fantastic quarterback in David Kelly and Onsted will always have athletes. Hudson will rebound from last year and upset some teams, Coach Luma is a winner and will have them prepared on a weekly basis. I don't think anyone can afford to "take a week off" in this conference, especially in 2016.




Friday, July 22, 2016

Ovie Oghoufo chooses Notre Dame because of connections


By Evan Paputa

Recruiting Editor



Farmington Harrison linebacker Ovie Oghoufo became the first player in the state of Michigan from the class of 2018 to make a verbal commitment when he committed to Notre Dame on Friday. The 6’3, 207-pounder is slated to play mostly outside linebacker for the Irish, but has the capability to grow into roles at safety or even on the defensive line.

“It just felt right. I felt that Notre Dame gives me the best opportunities to achieve all my goals athletically as well as academically,” Oghoufo said following his commitment.

What stood out about Notre Dame to the incoming junior?

“Definitely the connections you get. You meet people that turn four year relationships into 40 year relationships,” Oghoufo said.

Oghoufo joins Khalid Kareem, also of Harrison, and Daelin Hayes, of Ann Arbor Skyline, who both signed with the Irish in the class of 2016.

Relationships build with head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder helped make Notre Dame the perfect fit for Oghoufo.

“I have great relationships with the coaches and players,” Oghoufo said.

Oghoufo received 17 offers overall which included both in-state schools, Michigan and Michigan State.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Walled Lake Western Warriors 2016 Football Preview





School Mascot Name: Warriors
2015 Record:  12-1
Conference/Division: KLAA-North
2016's Expected Division for Playoffs:  Division 2
Record last 3 seasons:  30-5
Record last 10 seasons:  79-30

Head Coach:  Mike Zdebski
Head Coaching Experience: 19 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Mike Weiskopf OC, Donovan Dooley QB, Kalon Humphries OL, Wes Wishart Slot, Bill Larges SE, Dylan Shumate OL, Matt Fodal TB, Nevin Kanner Special Teams, Nick Michniacki K, Ed Sarah DB, Jim O'Leary LB, Zaim Cunmulaj DL, Kevin Crane DL
Captains:
Josh Johnson DL 2017, Joey George OL 2018, Matt Alati LB 2017, Cody White SE 2017
Returning Starters on Offense: 3
Returning Starters on Defense: 5
Returning Key Players:
Cody White SE 2017, Rob Hudson OL 2017, Jack Dodge DB 2017, Kam Ford SE 2017
Upcoming Players:
Johnny Tracy QB 2017, Justin Thomas  SE 2018, Devin Stephens OL 2017, Jason Peets DE 2017
Team Strength(s) for 2016:
Skill positions and speed
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2016:
John Camillari, 2X Dream Team kicker
2016 Season Outlook:
First 3 games will set up the next 6. Canton beat our juniors and seniors by 110 points as freshman and sophomores.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Canton and Northville are the top two teams.




Southfield Bradford 2017 WR/QB Shelton Smith Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Southfield Bradford
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2017
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • QB, FS, and CB
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 172 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 3 years of varsity
  • Stats:
    • Varsity (all 3 years)
      • 13 touchdowns
      • 500 receiver yards
      • 10 reception
      • 2 interception
      • 30 tackles
  • Offers:
    1. Wayne State
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Penn State
    • Michigan State
    • Western Michigan
    • Kentucky
    • Illinois State
    • Notre Dame
    • Wayne State
    • Toledo
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Illinois State
    • Wayne State
  • Intangibles:
    • My work effort I put on my days off. Workout everyday, run around my block twice each day.
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart and coachable
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • My goals is to go undefeated this season and make it to the state championship. My accomplishments is to go to college and have a scholarship.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • I give it my all everyday at practice so it translates into the game. I work very hard to maintain my starting spot on the field. I am a great leader on and off the field.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • All Conference
    • Twitter:  @sheltonsmith9

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Kentucky camp - 7/16/2016
  • Wayne State offer - 6/11/2016
  • Ohio State visit - 4/17/2016

Southfield Bradford 2017 LB/FB Ervin Smith Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Southfield Bradford 
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2017
  • Primary Position:
    • LB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • FB
  • Height:
    • 5'11"
  • Weight:
    • 185 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of Varsity
  • Stats:
    • 75 tackles, 15 solo, 2 sacks, 8 tfl
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • MSU, TCU, LSU, WMU
  • Intangibles:
    • I am very instinctive, I can feel where the receiver/back is while my eyes are still on the quarter back, I will pursuit across the field to make the play, I show leadership, collectiveness, intelligence, take no plays off, no afraid to go over my limit of physicality but also make smart decisions to avoid getting hurt.
  • How I play the game:
    • Coachable, hard hitter, I'm not done until the whistle blows, learn from every down, every series, and make corrections to the defense and how I defend my opponent, as the clock runs, I become even more in-tuned and hungry for the next possession 
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • High school football has molded me into a man, teaches me to have accountability, responsibility, maturity, builds character, shows me respect is not given but is earned, 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the next level would be something new in my families story book, I can say that I am the first to go to school and play a sport , the love I have for this sport is on another level, but only I can determine my future, hard work will get me there.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter:  @__Ervin

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

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