East Grand Rapids has put a couple of linebackers into the Division-1 level the last few years, including Trent Voss, an All-MAC selection at Toledo.
The next in line looks like it will be Carter Masek, a 6'3, 215-lb sophomore who had 86 tackles and four sacks this season.
"I was pulled up end at the end of my freshman season. This year, I think my playing time increased and I started all games as a sophomore. They physicality level changed from freshman football to varsity. The speed of the game was also a very big difference."
Masek adjusted quickly, and the ability he shows on tape has already caught the eye of some college coaches.
"I received a few brochures and I'm attending one spring game at Michigan State. My coach just told me that me and my quarterback (Mikey Roth) are going down to that. I also received information from Northwestern and Central Michigan."
The amount of interest should ratchet up this year, and when it does, Masek hopes to hear from the school he grew up watching.
"I've always been a Michigan fan and always followed them, but I have not heard from them."
More exposure should come for Masek this spring as he looks to improve his game and get out on the circuit.
"I definitely want to get faster and stronger before the season, and just getting more reps in linebacker drills. I'm not attending any combines as of now, but with my 7 on 7 team, Max Ex, I'm going to Youngstown in March."