Friday, October 24, 2014

Plainwell does well in producing their 3rd Davenport commit, Austin Rohr

Austin Rohr #24 for Plainwell
  Source: Callaway Sport Report
There is a good reason why Plainwell has put theirselves in a great position to have an undefeated Wolverine B Conference record for the first time since 1973. The momentum of their top 2 prospects, Jacob Geter and Aaron Klang committing to Davenport and a win over Vicksburg who was undefeated and fresh off of huge wins over Edwardsburg and Paw Paw fueled more commits from Plainwell.

The 3rd commit out of Plainwell is 2015 FS/WR Austin Rohr.  Austin Rohr is the backline of the Trojans defense which has only surrendered 71 points through 8 games in what has turned out to be a very strong year for the Wolverine B Conference.

As Davenport's program continues to mold and they wait until 2016 until they first walk onto the field.  Most of the 15 commits thus far have cited the coaching staff as a key reason behind their decision and Rohr was no different, "the reason that I was really drawn to DU was the coaching staff," said Rohr.  "Both Coach Espo and Coach Casula made me feel welcomed and wanted and that was a big thing for me.  Also the chance to start and build a team is an unbelievable opportunity.  Getting to lay those bricks for the foundation and the future of DU football is amazing."

The two things that highlight Rohr's goals at this point now that he committed are to be focused on school work and the success of the Plainwell football team, "there was a great weight lifted off my shoulders when I decided to commit to DU," said Rohr. "My hard work had finally paid off.  Now I am able to focus on my senior year season, and put in more time in the classroom instead of talking with coaches or doing other recruiting things."

Once players come to the campus next year they won't be playing under the lights until the following year, so their academics will be their biggest focus. Several aspects go into academics and caught the attention of Rohr, "some things about the school that really surprised me were the small class sizes and how nice all of the things were around the school," said Rohr.  "The other colleges that I visited, with the exception of a very few, couldn't give me that at home feeling, and I feel that Davenport really did that for me."

Davenport has added a ton of key defensive players already and playmakers so far has been a focal point of Davenport's recruiting.  It's a long time to go, but Austin Rohr who plays both FS and WR for Plainwell as a Senior, looks forward to playing defense on the next level, "I will most likely be playing free safety," said Rohr.  "They did show a small interest in me playing receiver, but I like playing defense a lot more and feel more comfortable at the position.  Also I like the fact that I don't know where the ball is going.  Its almost like a challenge when your playing defense as opposed to offense where you know where the ball is going every play."

Austin Rohr primarily plays receiver alongside Jacob Geter who is a RB and defensive back alongside Aaron Klang who is a LB.  The 3 will continue their bond on the next next level and Rohr couldn't be more excited, "It is an unbelievable feeling to have the opportunity to play college football with my high school teammates," said Rohr.  "Not only do we know how each other works and plays but also how we get each other motivated and fired up.  Instead of getting to know the guys on the team from scratch, you get to start out knowing exactly who you have and that is a great feeling.  We were super exited when we all got offers and decided that playing together would be the opportunity of a life time."

Davenport Commits / Offers

Davenport leads Northview DT Tommy Brown to Commitment

Davenport University which is set to begin playing Football in 2016, has really picked up recruiting while the other colleges are under season and the high school season wraps up for more than half of the schools in Michigan.  The Panthers have already 15 verbal commits to their Class of 2015 which will be the first Class for the program.

Davenport had already landed 2 commits from Grand Rapids Northview High School, Andrew Homik and Jetari Tatum.  The Panthers wanted more though and added, Blake Bockheim and Tommy Brown.  

  • Primary Position:
    •  DT
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • DL and OL
  • Height & Weight:
    • 6'2" and 268 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • West Catholic in the 12-13 season. We lost this game in the last 23 seconds, and it was for the conference title. 
  • Pre-game Traditions:
    • Go through my job mentally, foam roll, listen to music, and pray.
  • Post-game Traditions:
    • Go through what I could have done better, and I hangout with teammates, order food, and watch The Blitz.
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • I want to play my own game, however I try to have a Ray Lewis mentality. He did everything with his all.
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Athletic Training 
  • Experience:
    • 3 years of Varsity
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • Being and three sport athlete, and staying on the Honor Roll.

The 4 teammates will re-unite for several more years in the collegiate level but that's not why 2015 DT Tommy Brown committed to Davenport, "the coaches plan to have a very tough hard nose team," said Brown.  "This is what I grew up playing, and what we try to do at Northview. So I feel the transition will be easy."

One of Tommy Brown's biggest strength is simply controlling the line of scrimmage, Brown is quick and strong off of the snap and gets in the backfield in a hurry.  Brown also has the size and strength to clog holes and hurt the opposing teams running game.  Once Brown is playing at Davenport he shared his plans of contributing, "I plan to be a run stopper, yet be a guy that can really get after the quarterback. We have some other great talents at the d-line so I want to contribute in a way that's best for the team."

A lot of people question why players would want to play for Davenport when they don't have a team and won't be playing next year but that didn't worry Brown as he discussed a key aspect of his commitment, "I like the emphasis on getting a job as soon as you graduate," said Brown. "That's the main reason we go to college, is to get your degree and go out and make a living."

This week Northview will close the regular season but a win the following week has the Wildcats at 6 wins and a guaranteed spot in next weeks MHSAA playoffs.  Northview hasn't won a playoff game in school history but with 4 of their key players have committed it takes some weight off of their shoulders, explained Brown, "Its a giant weight lifted of my shoulders. It makes it a whole lot easier to focus on finishing my High School career stress free."

Tommy Brown and his teammates have earned the right to at least play the next 2 weeks, into the postseason. After that it depends on well Northview can do in the playoffs, behind a rowdy Student Section there to support them.  Brown looked ahead to what the future holds for him, "I want to continue to be a leader on and off the field," said Brown.  "Along with my fellow seniors, we plan to leave a legacy for the guys next year to follow. As far as the postseason, we're going to take it one game at a time.  Being a part of first team to make it two years ago felt great, but doing it my senior year feels even more amazing. Even though I'm going to DU I'll always be a Northview Wildcat."

Profile / Highlights
Davenport Commits / Offers

Nikko Payton - Kalamazoo Central - OLB/WR - Class of 2015 Player Profile

  • High School:
    •  Kalamazoo Central
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2015
  • Primary Position:
    •  OLB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • WR and TE
  • Height:
    • 6'
  • Weight:
    • 197 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • My most memorable moment was catching a pick six on my senior night to seal the win against Benton Harbor with 3 minutes remaining in the game.
  • Pre-game Traditions:
    • Before the game I eat, drink plenty of water, stretch and listen to motivating music. Then talk to my teammates about what we can do to win. 
  • Post-game Traditions:
    • Go out to eat with my friends/family then go home and sleep because of an early morning practice Saturday.
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • Myles Jack. The sophomore linebacker from UCLA. He is very explosive, versatile and is a huge playmaker for his team. He is a leader to his team even at a young age.
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of Varsity
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • My greatest achievements in high school are Winning Mlive defensive player of the week. Being selected to the leadership program "link crew" at my school and winning a district championship in basketball my junior season.
  • Offseason Goal (s):
    • This winter I expect to win a state championship in basketball, raise my ACT score and become a better student athlete. In the spring I expect to get faster and stronger by joining the track team at my school.
  • Stats:
    • Varsity 2013: 5 catches for 43 yards. 26 total tackles. 1 forced fumble.
    • Varsity 2014: 87 total tackles. 4 forced fumbles. 2 fumble recoveries. 3 interceptions for touchdowns. 2 blocked PAT's. 20 tackles for loss.
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Western Michigan University
    • Central Michigan University
    • Eastern Michigan University 
    • Ferris state university 
    • Toledo University 
    • Hillsdale College
    • Northwood University 
    • University of Rochester
    • Miami Ohio University
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Hillsdale College
    • Adrian College
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Toledo University
    • Albion College
    • University of Rochester
  • Intangibles:
    • I believe that my knowledge for the game and athletic ability separates me from everyone else. My will and desire to win/be successful.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play hard, smart and physical.

- Played the majority of my senior season with a broken finger and sprained right ankle.

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