Defensive Best Guess List - 1/15/08

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 defensive needs and some players who are likely to fill them.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
THE NEED: At least one, maybe 1 or 2 more. There are bodies returning on the interior, but getting more size is key and having depth for rotational purposes in the coming years.

COMMITTMENTS:
Keioshe Jones, a JUCO transfer is a 6'2, 305-lb penetrator who could come in and see significant time right away. He is rated a 3-star propsect by Scout.com.

POSSIBILITIES:
Another JUCO, Brian Giles of Citrus College is a 6'2, 320-lb plugger who is scheduled to visit Allendale on Feb 1.

Pontiac Northern's Darrin Stephens isn't as big as the other tackles (6'3, 265), but is powerful and could grow into a good one.

Nevin Shearer, a nose tackle type from Dearborn was in town for the Central Washington game.

Macomb Dakota's Charles Martin is a tad undersized for the interior (6'1, 250), but is quick off the ball and could project to end as well. He has been to campus this year.

DEFENSIVE ENDS
THE NEED: Probably only one as the team has some young ends who are ready breakout (ie: Danny Richard).

POSSIBILITIES:
West Catholic's Tony Iacovoni is a LB/DE tweener whose future is likely at end. He is a tough kid with decent speed off the edge. He has been up to Grand Valley on a couple occasions this year.

Muskegon Heights LB DaQuante Caviness projects to DE at 6'1, 255. He is a good athlete who has had interest from several MAC schools, but camped at Grand Valley this past summer.

Other names to remember, DaMarreo Wyrick of Muskegon and Andrew Grillo of Midland.

LINEBACKERS
THE NEED: Probably be ok with none with the bodies already on the roster, but stockpiling for the future and special teams are important and there are also some fine athletes interested in the Lakers at this position.

COMMITTMENTS:
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley's Ricky Shorkey was the first commit this year. The 6'4, 200-lb Shorkey is a fine athlete and explosive player off the edge. Also, Bowling Green transfer Nick Lawrence is in the fold and it remains to be seen where CMU transfer Cam Bramer will line up, but linebacker is a possibility.

POSSIBILITIES:
We are high on Detroit Catholic Central's Joe Kinville (6'3, 220) who is big and athletic enough to play in space.

Illinois product Kane Keirnan has ties to Grand Valley and is one of the top out-of-state prosects on the Laker radar.

Grandville's Jake Bentley, Orchard Lake St. Mary's Donald Coleman and Ann Arbor Huron's Mike Elias all are players who are possible linebackers to add to this class.

CORNERBACK
The NEED: At least one, probably two with Brandon Carr and Bill Brechin graduating. It will be Corey Edwards with the most experience and a group of young players vying for playing time.

COMMITTMENTS:
Air Force transfer Jeff Alexander will play somewhere in the secondary, it could be corner depending on how the class finishes up.

POSSIBILITIES:
Damion Horton of Ottawa Hills would be a great pickup, but D1 schools are after him. The same goes for L'Anse Creuse North's Erik Thompson who is close to an offer from Central Michigan. Both would be candidates to play right away.

Macomb Dakota's Rodney Hush is a fine athlete who isn't that big but knows how to play the game. Portage Central's Chaz Willis and Muskegon's Bobby Miller are a couple of west siders who are possible as well.

SAFETIES
THE NEED: One free and one strong would be nice.

COMMITTMENTS:
See above...Alexander could play safety and Cam Bramer could play safety as well.

POSSIBILITIES:
Zeeland West's Derek Kingshott is big (6'4, 200) and athletic and was at a couple games this fall.

Taylor Gray of North Farmington and Kirk Deering from West Catholic are two quarterbacks who are athletic enough to play in the defensive backfield, although Deering may be a corner.

Mona Shores' Jamarcus Martin is another possibility as is wide receiver recruit Matt Sanders.

SPECIALISTS
Kyle Brown of Saline and Doug Raak from South Haven are two of the better kickers instate who have gotten looks. A transfer is still possible here too.

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