West Catholic Star Talks Recruiting

This weekend, Grand Rapids West Catholic travels all the way to the Superior Dome to take on Menominee in the semi-final round of the state playoffs. One of the big reasons for the Falcons' success this year has been the play of QB Kirk Deering. He gave us an update on his recent visits to Central Michigan and GVSU.

Kirk Deering has many schools sending him mail right now. Bowling Green, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Iowa State are among those contacting the West Catholic quarterback. But even with all that attention, it really comes down to just two for him.

"Central Michigan and Grand Valley State are pretty much my top two schools," Deering reported.

Recently, the 5'11, 175-lb Deering took trips to both Mt. Pleasant and Allendale to see both schools in action. CMU was his first stop for the Chippewas' game against Northern Illinois.

"It's going real well [with CMU]," he said, "I've talked to Coach Mahoney weekly, he called last week to tell me good luck before my and to tell me to relax and stuff. He told me to contact him after the season so we can talk about it more."

As for the Lakers, Deering was in Lubbers Stadium for GVSU's October 27 tilt with arch rival Ferris State and was equally impressed by that visit.

"It was great. They blew them out, it was like 35-0 at the half. We went on a tour of campus, it was all really nice and new. My teammate [LB/DE] Tony Iacovoni came with me, they showed us around, showed us the weight room and the football facilities and I got to see the locker room with the players getting ready for the game and it was cool to be around them when they were all warming up."

Having spent three years on the varsity with Iacovoni, the natural thought is that the two would make quite the package deal for some lucky college. But as it turns out, there might even be a third player who could join the two at the destination of their choice.

"Yeah, me and Tony and a player from Grandville, their linebacker Jake Bentley talk about how cool it would be to go to the same place."

A hot debate these days is just how good these smaller schools are. With Appalachian State's historic upset earlier this year and North Dakota State beating two FBS schools (including CMU), a big question in Allendale many fans have been pondering is how GVSU would stack up against higher competition.

"There were more athletes on CMU," Deering said in comparison, "GV definitely had kids that could be playing D1 ball though, so it's really hard to compare. I would say CMU probably was deeper when it comes to athletes, but it was close."

Before Deering can make his final college choice though, he must take care of some unfinished business. His West Catholic squad travels to Marquette to take on Menominee at the Superior Dome Saturday in the semi-final round of the state playoffs. It will be an eight hour drive for the Falcons.

"We're leaving Friday morning after our team breakfast," he said, "I don't think we're too worried [about the distance], we've been focused all week and we'll have a nice, relaxed ride. That night, we're going to practice at the dome and get used to the turf and everything."

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