Grand Valley State’s 2022 recruiting class includes 11 offensive linemen


The future of the Grand Valley State University football team began to shine a light Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Lakers coach Matt Mitchell likes what he sees, especially when it comes to the Grand Valley offensive line.

“We felt it was a bumper year for offensive linemen and we took advantage of that in terms of numbers with 11,” Mitchell said. “Furthermore, we want to build a competitive situation in every position that will allow us to have great competition for playing time. It is also essential that we find the right person in class and socially and we are extremely proud of the odds. academic success of our student-athletes, which is among the leaders of the GLIAC and the NCAA.

Grand Valley State’s 2022 class consists of 32 total players from Michigan (17), Ohio (8), Illinois (6) and Indiana (1). The Lakers signed 21 offensive players, 10 defensive players and one specialist.

“We entered the recruiting process with a slightly different approach due to the unknown in terms of the COVID year which will remain on our roster for a few more years,” Mitchell said in a statement. “As the class gathered, we were on a number of kids who had a DI interest and we were able to get those pledges and sign them. We are looking for kids who really want to be part of our program and fit into our culture.

The Lakers finished 10-2 on aggregate last fall, with both losses going to Division II national champion Ferris. Grand Valley was ranked third in the Final Versus D2 Power Ranking and fifth in the Final survey. Grand Valley will open the 2022 season Sept. 1 at home against the Colorado School of Mines.

name Position Height Weight Hometown/High School
DJ Arnold comics 5-10 170 Big city
Noah Bauman DL 6-3 296 Ottawa Lake/Ottawa Lake-Whiteford
Antwan Blackshear DL 6-2 315 Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison
Aveyon Bullock LO 6-6 295 Central Kalamazoo
Jeff Burton LO 6-3 320 Dearborn/Ford
Jaylin Caldwell LO 6-6 290 Chicago/Phillips Academy
Dobbs Cross KG 6-1 215 Burton/Large White
matt haan LO 6-3 280 Park Heights, Ill/Chicago Christian
Jason Hardy comics 6-1 170 Detroit/Loyola
Bry’Shaun Haskin WR 6-2 170 Madison Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights
Ben Ireland WR 5-11 177 Findlay, Ohio/Findlay
Donovan Johnson WR 6-2 186 Elkhart, India/Elkhart
Joe Johnson LO 6-8 265 Pickerington, Ohio/Columbus Preparing to harvest
Kyle Johnson KG 6-1 210 Oak Park/West Bloomfield
Connor Kemmerling LO 6-6 315 Lewis/Olentangy Orange Center
Breon Key LO 6-2 270 Roseville/Harper Woods
Jacob Lentz LO 6-5 306 Monroe
Twin Lewis comics 5-10 166 Cleveland/Cleveland Heights
Aidan Lucero QC 6-3 210 Gurnee, Ill/Warren Township
Jadden Miller comics 6-0 170 Skokie, Ill/Niles West
KenyonOwens WR 5-11 183 Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne
Lamont Parks WR 5-11 165 king of detroit
Brett Peterson AND 6-2 235 Kingsley
Cooper Phillips LO 6-3 277 Macomb Dakota
Alek Popovic AND 6-3 240 Lake Zurich, Ill/Lake Zurich
Hasim Rachid DL 6-3 215 Cleveland/Shaker Heights
Kellen Reed WR 5-9 155 Holt
Josh Sander LO 6-6 320 Darien, Ill/South Hinsdale
Evan Sunderman P 6-2 190 East Lansing
Adam Waszak DL 6-4 250 St. John’s
Brett Weaver LO 6-5 250 Crossing the city/the center
Charles Wilson WR 5-11 172 Ypsilanti/Belleville

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