Offensive Best Guess List - 1/14/08

With six committments in-tow for the Lakers, the 2008 class is moving right along. There are still many slots open though and the team does have needs to fill. Here is our breakdown of their offensive needs and some players who are likely to fill them.

The Need: None -- GV is stocked up at quarterback with Brad Iciek having two more years of eligibility and a host of talented bodies behind him. Young Brandon Miller (RsFR) is looking like the favorite after Iciek. We take a QB only if he is a guy we can't turn down.

Anthony Mifsud - Dearborn: Dream Teamer visited for the Central Washington game. 6'4, 175 and mobile, he would be a good fit for the offense.

Chris Lum - Lake Orion: Was looking like a D1 prospect, but an injury forced some schools off the bandwagon. Not a big guy (6'1, 185), but accurate and smart, very Iciek-like.

The Need: Maybe 1, but last year we brought in several despite needing only 1 or 2. Smolen will be back, Berezik is the future and we've heard nothing but good things about Lawrence Kimble coming up. Throw in Zach Breen, Gary Fant and others and RB appears set, but as always, there will be talent we can't turn down and speed and playmakers are always nice to have in this offense.

James Williams - Battle Creek Central - Shifty scatback type who can catch the ball and get the corner. I've said before - reminds me a little of Garris.

Dominique White - Orchard Lake St. Mary's - GV has good luck with this school and White may be one of the next Eaglets to be corralled. He has 1-AA and 1A interest though. Compactly built back who runs tough between the tackles. More quick than fast.

Luther Ware - Bay City Central - Multi-talented back who can catch the ball and is good is pass protection. Has an offer from GVSU, also has had other GLIAC and MAC schools after him.

The need: Probably two or three. We lose Antoine Trent and Brandon Horn. Mike Koster and Ryan Bass will be counted on to step up and there are a few freshmen from this year who will be looking to step up. But we need a potential star and some depth.

Sam Burchyett - Saline: Good size and speed combo. Great athlete who can make tough grabs and is outstanding in the open field. The name Kircus springs to mind when watching him.

Israel Woolfork - Livonia Franklin: Tall (6'4) and athletic (a track guy with 4.5 speed and a 38-inch vertical), Franklin had a lot of MAC interest but came to GV. Is raw, but improved each and every game and has a ton of upside.

Daryl Gooden - Ann Arbor Huron: Father played at GV in the 70s and Daryl Jr attended camp this past season. Good route runner with good hands. Question right now is grades, although it appears he will be D2 eligible.

Elias Kos - Holland Christian: Local kid with great size (6'5, 205) and speed (4.5). A big play type receiver, he is still getting interest from Michigan and San Diego State and may take an official visit out to see the Aztecs. He still lists the Lakers in his top three though.

Chris Crawford - Muskegon: The quarterback for the Big Reds, Crawford is an outstanding open field runner who could be an excellent slot guy at the next level. Had D1 schools on him early, that seems to have cooled.

Matt Sanders - Farmington: Big kid (6'3, 185) with good athleticism. Knows how to use his frame and is decent after the catch. Seems to like GVSU.

Oge Anoliefo - Cleveland Hawken: Ohio kid who is a fine athlete with size (6'3, 190). A big time athlete, he was up in Allendale for a visit and testing.

The Need: 1, maybe two. Blasko and Mathews are back and there are some young bodies, but one to groom wouldn't hurt at all.

Kwame Cawarrie - Annapolis: More of an H-Back type, he isn't the biggest guy, but he can catch and has good athleticism.

Eric Gromacki - Monroe Jefferson: Would need to bulk up, but has the frame to do so (6'5, 220). Decent athlete who can catch the ball.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN The need: Starers Wolscheid and Barnes graduate and Jacob Henige as well. There is young talent, but you can't ever have enough good linemen. We'll probably end up taking more than we actually need.

We have our center prospect in Muskegon's McClain Parker and a tackle in Andrew Biedenbender and a guard prospect with Matt Armstrong, so we have one guy at each spot already.

POSSIBILITIES: Zeeland West's Matt Forward and Dearborn Fordson's Mohamed Moukdad are two punishing blockers who made All-State and have shown interest in Grand Valley. Kyle Jackson, a bull from Muskegon Heights recently received a Grand Valley offer and is considering the Lakers along with other GLIAC schools. Muskegon's Carlin Landingham is another All-Stater who has been up to GVSU for games and visits, the same goes for Macomb Dakota's Jacob Doan and Jack Raymond.

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