Jenison 7-7: Notes and Observations

Grand Ledge WR James Jackson

It was more summer passing league football at Jenison this past week as Grand Ledge, Zeeland East, Mona Shores and West Catholic came together along with the home team for 7-7 scrimmages. Michigan Varsity was on hand to bring you first hand observations.

As far as recruits went, the top one there was actually a junior: Grand Ledge WR/CB James Jackson. The state 100, champion, Jackson blew by everyone he faced in coverage, but seemed a little disinterested and at times only put up one hand on passes he could have easily caught with two. He was talked to by the coaching staff and picked it up later in the day though. On defense, he has elite feet and recovery speed, but doesn't play very physically and doesn't always read routes too quickly. He's a work in progress, but his speed and athleticism stood out to everyone in attendance. He'll be big time and seems like one of those kids who is just better with the pads on.

Grand Rapids West Catholic had a solid showing led by QB Kirk Deering. Deering has a great arm and can really get the ball downfield, but did overthrow some open receivers on deep routes. He is comfortable throwing on the move though and can really put some heat on the ball for not being the biggest guy.

West Catholic really looks like they will have a great team this year and is definitely one of my early favorites in the City League. LB/DE Tony Iacovoni was limited by the format, but spoke with us and informed us that Western Michigan has been recruiting him hard and maybe as a pass rushing DE, which would be a good spot for him to grow into.

Jenison struggled last year and may again this year, playing in a tough OK-Red. But, it is more due to tough competition than lack of talent. They have some good skill players and junior QB Sean Mullend, who didn't play last year due to a torn ACL looked very good. He impressed with his arm strength and his ability to see the field. He will be a bright spot for the Wildcats over the next two years.

Zeeland East is another team who has struggled to get going the last two seasons. The Chix were present on Thursday and they also have a QB who can make them competitive. Junior Jace Heneveld is a big kid with a nice arm. He forced some passes into traffic though and must protect the ball this season if his team has any chance to win a few games.

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