Friday, June 24, 2016

Max Jones graduates from High School, eyes 1st round draft pick in 2016 NHL Draft

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On Friday night, Stoney Creek graduate Max Jones is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.  Jones recently walked with his graduation class from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, but he only spent the first 2 years of high school in the classroom, as he took online classes and was playing for the US National Team and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League the past 2 years.

Jones was thrilled to walk alongside his graduating class and was very thankful of Stoney Creek for allowing his high school experience to be complete, "being able to graduate with Stoney was great. Walking with the kids I was friends with since 6th grade of middle school was something special."

Max Jones has worked hard for the past 2 years to get to where he is now and with good genetic in his family, he knew all the pieces would fall into place well, as Jones discussed when he seriously began taking hockey seriously, "I think I had the idea a long time ago. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago. I knew that I had some natural talent. My dad played in the NHL and my mom was a record-breaking diver at the University of Michigan. I had a couple awards along the way, top scorer, all-star teams, rookie of the year nomination."

As Jones career began to shape he left his home to travel with the United States U-17 and U-18 teams, Jones discussed what it meant to play for his country, "Playing for my country was great. It's not every day that you get to wear the USA logo across your chest and that's what makes it so special."

Just this past year, Jones played for the London Knights who won the league's Memorial Cup.  Jones is just 18 years old and the young age hasn't shied Jones away from anything as he finished his first season in the OHL with 63 games played with an impressive 28 goals and 24 assists logged.  Jones provided his reaction to his time in London, "Playing in London for my draft year was great. London does such a great job at making professional players and I was just happy to be a part of it. We ended up winning the league and then going on to win the Memorial Cup so that helps also."

Jones is listed as a 6'3" and 201 lbs on eliteprospects.com and many outlets praise his skill.  Those measurables often spell trouble for opponents,  Jones described himself as a player, "I'm a power forward with skill. I play the game very hard. My compete level and size is what makes me who I am. I have a hard shot and am a very fast skater."  As for what he will be improving on in the future, Jones responded, "Being more agile in the corners and spinning off the Defense."

Eliteprospects also listed this tidbit on Jones, "Max Jones is a diligent and hard-working power forward capable of being an impact player every shift. He's strong on the puck and routinely looks to create separation. He knows his game inside out and has a wide array of tools at his disposal. Strength and speed allow him to bull his way to the front of the net where he is relentless and creates havoc. Makes smart decisions with the puck and doesn't give the opposition time and space. Possesses high-end finishing ability and "wills" the puck to the back of the net. All-in-all, a determined forward who puts tremendous pressure on his opponents when he's on the ice."

Jones left town on Tuesday evening to meet with NHL teams prior to the draft but it wasn't before he got to connect with his friends and family one last time before his life becomes engulfed as a pro-athlete.  Jones took a moment to share how he's feeling ahead of the draft, "I'm pretty nervous," said Jones.  "I'm not too sure what team I'm gonna go to, so it's pretty nerve wracking. Also excited because it's been a dream of mine ever since I started playing the sport."


Vandercook Lake 2019 RB/CB Zach Keranen Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Jackson Vandercook Lake
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB
  • Height:
    • 5'9"
  • Weight:
    • 143 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Nursing
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of JV
  • Stats:
    • Last year I was injured the whole season with a torn ACL, therefore as of now I have no stats
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan 
    • Michigan State
    • Eastern Michigan
    • Western Michigan 
    • Wayne State
    • Central Michigan
  • Intangibles:
    • Although I am coming off an injury this season that doesn't define me. I'm an extremely hard worker who's work ethic is unmatched. I'm a natural leader that breaths the game. I have worked extremely hard to recover from my injury and to go above and beyond that to become better. I'm extremely football smart and know a lot about the game. I'm extremely gifted on the offensive side of the ball. I can catch, run, truck, spin, juke, and plow through any defender.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game very fast, explosive, and smart.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • Since I'm only going into my sophomore year I have a lot to look forward to for my high school career. I plan on proving to a lot of people what I am capable of after my injury. Specifically this year I plan on scoring 20+touchdowns, rushing for 900+ yards, having 5+ interceptions, and leading my team to a winning record in a 9 game season. It seems like I lot but I believe I am more than capable of doing it. I plan on repeating these statistics each year of my high school career and even building on them more and more each year. When I start to play Varsity I would like to continue the legacy of our senior class who just graduated and brought our team to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Football has been my dream ever since I was in the 5th grade. I am extremely interested in playing on the next level and I not only hope for it to happen, I'm going to make it happen.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    •  

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

De La Salle 2018 S Quincy Alexander Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • De La Salle
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • S
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 185 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Accounting
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of freshman 1 year of JV
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Western
    • Central
    • Syracuse 
    • Tennessee 
    • Vanderbilt
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Central 
    • Wayne State
  • Intangibles:
    • What separates me from other players is that I understand the game of football. And I'm a coachable player and always wanting to learn. I watch a lot of film and learn from my mistakes. And I always work harder then everyone else.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game of football very coachable. I'm good at being patient and watching a play develop at safety and reacting to the ball very quickly. I'm also good at learning the other plays tendencies.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • My outlook is taking all the coaching I can get and get prepared for the next level. My goal is to attend a college where I have the opportunity to show my talent.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • My dream since being a little kid was to play college ball. If any college coach gave me the opportunity to play for them I would work very hard and give it my all.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • 3.1 GPA
    • Twitter:  @QuincyyyA

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Notre Dame camp - 6/26/2016
  • Central Michigan / Wayne State camp - 6/25/2016
  • Florida / Wayne State camp - 6/12/2016
  • Wayne State camp - 6/4/2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cass Tech 2019 WR/DB Ormondell Dingle Player Profile and Interview

Source: Jeff Corrion / The D Zone


  • High School:
    • Cass Tech
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2019
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • DB and QB
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 179 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Broadcaster 
  • Experience:
    • 1st year upcoming
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Pitt 
    • Ohio State 
    • Toledo 
    • MSU
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Pitt
    • Toledo
  • Intangibles:
    • My effort 
    • The way I carry myself 
    • The way I speak to coaches 
    • I am very coachable
  • How I play the game:
    • I play smart 
    • I'm coachable 
    • Make tackles
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • I want to win the state championship & graduate
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Of course I want to play football at the next level. I want to play at the next level because it seems very fun and it a step closer to my dream of playing in the NFL
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Twitter: @jrdingle1 

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • Toledo camp - 6/19/2016
  • West Virginia camp - 6/18/2016
  • Ohio State camp - 6/17/2016
  • Pittsburgh camp - 6/16/2016

Fruitport 2017 RB/LB Levi Six Player Profile and Interview




  • High School:
    • Fruitport
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2017
  • Primary Position:
    • RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • LB
  • Height:
    • 5'10"
  • Weight:
    • 186 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Education
  • Experience:
    • 3 years of Varsity
  • Stats:
    • 2 yr Varsity stats -  234 tackles /  4 INT /  8 Forced Fumbles / 2 Pick six's / 6 Fumble recoveries /  13 Sacks / 7 Knock down passes . 1st Team All Conf -All Area RB and LB Soph & JR  season. ALL STATE LB Junior yr . Meijer WGRD MVP . All Area Dream Team .  1624 yds rushing / 18 TD's 
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Minnesota, Central Michigan, Penn State 
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Montana, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Ferris State, Pitt State, Toledo, Rice, Saginaw Valley, Eastern Michigan
  • Intangibles:
    • I out work my opponents on and off the field, during the season and in the off season. I understand that i can always  improve, And I'm always striving to find the edge in my training to get me to the level i desire. I constantly try and bring my teammates along with me in my striving to be the best. 
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game of football with Focus, Intensity and Passion. I also work hard to be a Leader on the field and keep my teammates Focus and intensity level strong from whistle to whistle .I understand that the team comes first so I try and do my job as required on both offense and defense every play and not freelance and try to get my personal glory.  
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • Im proud of how I have played to this point but understand Myself and team  can continue to reach higher goals. I'm excited about the off season and the chance to work even harder and encourage my teammates to do so as well and reach another level this coming season. I'm proud to be playing for the school and community in which i was raised , And work for dreams and goals with my teammates that i have played with my entire life, Not leaving for another school and jumping on that wagon. Its all about team (family) 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • My goals are to continue to play football at the next level while working for my Degree. I know I have the work ethic and ability to be successful at the next level and am excited for the opportunity. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • 1 st Team ALL CONF / ALL AREA- LB / RB soph & Junior Varsity seasons
    • 1st Team All Area Dream team Junior season
    • WGRD Meijer MVP
    • ALL STATE LB Junior season
    • WRESTLING -ALL CONF / ALL AREA 
    • ALL STATE / ALL AMERICAN  
    • Member TEAM MICHIGAN  National Team
    • Twitter:  @lolshaft

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A

Middleville 2017 WR/CB Adam Krol Player Profile and Interview



  • High School:
    • Middleville Thornapple Kellogg
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2017
  • Primary Position:
    • WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 170 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Business
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of varsity, 1 year of JV, 1 year of Freshmen
  • Stats:
    • 1 TD Varsity
    • 2  TD's JV
    • 2 Interceptions JV
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Northwood 
    • Alma 
    • Adrian
  • Intangibles:
    • What sets me apart from others is my dedication for success. Everyday throughout the off season I have put in countless hours of hard work on and off the field. I strive for success as much as I need to breathe.
  • How I play the game:
    • When I play, I want to be the smartest one out there so that I can perform the way I want to. Also, I am great at getting my hands on the ball at high speeds.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • Our conference has much larger schools moving in and would like to show them that we're not just some little school. I want to show them that we are not to be messed with. When I look back I want this to be my legacy.
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the next level does interest me because of how much I love this sport and because how how much time I put into it. But I don't want it to distract me from my studies.
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • Team leader
    • Ready to work hard and see what this season has in store.
    • @Atrainkrol

HUDL Highlights


RECRUITING TIMELINE:
  • N/A