Practice Notes: Traverse City West

Traverse City West (Mich.) has several prospects in their senior class and one rising sophomore who might be their next big time player. headed to beautiful Northern Michigan this week and we're stopping at a few of the top programs in the area. Today, we visited with head coach Tim Wooer and this Traverse City West Titans.

The program has been a good one over the last few years, putting several players in the major college ranks, including Eric Gordon (Michigan State and now in the NFL) and most recently, Jake Fisher (currently second on the depth chart at Oregon).

Wooer's cupboard is far from bare though, here are the names to know about:

Connor Hayes - Sophomore ('14) - Offensive Tackle
Wooer believes this is his next college prospect, and he thinks Hayes has a chance to be a Big Ten or BCS type kid. He played some as a freshman last year and has grown from 6'4, 240-lbs to now 260. His dad played football at Central Michigan and his mom played basketball there, so he has the gene pool. I watched him in practice today and he's a tough, hard working kid with good strength already in his lower body and pretty good technique. It will be interesting to see how he develops, but he's definitely an FBS prospect. Indiana and Central Michigan have already began showing interest after he camped at both places.

Jordan Strope - Senior ('12) - Offensive Tackle
We did not get to see him practice today as he was being fitted for equipment, but the 6'4, 290-lb Strope had a nice run this summer when we saw him. He's an interior guy at the next level and a guy that Wooer describes as very nice off the field, but "wants to hurt somebody" on it. Western Michigan is reportedly close to extending the first offer, and Eastern Michigan, Toledo and others are interested.

Kevin Cronin - Senior ('12) - Kicker
I watched him make six field goals in a row, each one farther than the last, culminating with 48 and 50 yarders. Turns out, he just returned from Kohl's Kicking Camp, where he was right there with some of the best in the nation. He has a solid leg and good accuracy. Western Michigan and others have shown interest and I think he may be a diamond in the rough here.

Isaiah Hackey - Senior ('12) - Quarterback
Smart kid with solid size (6'1, 190) and athleticism. Consistent throwing the ball and has good placement. Not a super strong arm, but gets the job done. Likely a GLIAC type kid.

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