Hudsonville 7-7 Report

On a windy, blustery and what turned out to be a rainy evening, six West Michigan teams met in Hudsonville for summer 7-7s. The home team, Northview, Holland, Calvin Christian, Jenison and Muskegon Heights all came out, here's who stood out.

We've reported before that Muskegon Heights has some serious talent on their team this year and it was on display yesterday.

Cornerback Jarvis Briggs showed why he has one D1 offer (Eastern Michigan) and more may be coming. He was good in press coverage as he was aggressive and had good technique.

DE Steve Winston, a pass rusher who may be out of his element in an even such as this, dropped into coverage and did well, even breaking up a couple passes. For the 6'3, 240-lb Winston, considered by some schools to be too much of a tweener, that was a positive sign that he can do some dropping at the next level. Chances are though, he'll still bulk up into a true defensive end.

Briggs caught the ball well on offense too, but the Tigers' main targets will be Omar Haynes and Markiese Brewer and both of them looked good. Haynes had been to the Michigan State camp earlier in the day and turned some heads there and he continued to here. He has great size and strength and has a mean streak on the field. This is his first year playing football though and he has to work on a couple finer points of his route running. A few passes thrown his way were broken up as a result of him not coming back to the ball. Brewer made a couple nice snags, showing good hands.

The Tigers may have to go to a two QB system this year and we got a chance to see both of them today. Senior Anthony Morris is the bigger, more experienced, better runner, but sophomore Tank Parker can really throw it. But with the team's emphasis on defense and running the ball, we'll still probably see much more of Morris come fall. But the future looks bright with Parker.

Hudsonville also has two good quarterbacks and both ran with the first team yesterday. It appeared to us like junior Casey Blackport has the inside track over senior Bryan Greisen, but both are more than capable of leading this team. Blackport, though younger, seemed to see the field and read coverages a little quicker, but Greisen may have the stronger arm.

Tailback/defensive back Jordan Jonker has been receiving some college attention lately. The talented junior was limited from tailback yesterday because of the format, but he's one we'll keep an eye on.

Brief notes on other teams, Northview is still adjusting to a new coach, but they have some athletes in the secondary who are going to be good ones this year, the offense was still getting on the same page though. Calvin Christian, as we saw last year, can throw the ball around pretty well, but the lack of a big line and running game hurt them and this year may be more of the same.


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