#38 | Otsego, MI | 5110 | 215 | 4.55E | 2018 | @Brandan76
A powerful runner who possesses a thick upper body and strong lower leg strength, to go along with great vision. Understands how to be patient and let his holes develop—demonstrates quick acceleration in the open field. Has an incredibly effective and powerful stiff arm, which allows him to gain yards after contact; he also breaks through a high amount of arm tackles and has showcased his athleticism with several runs where he has hurdled defenders. He holds the National AAPF (drug tested) bench press record for the 100kg weight class (424 pounds) and is expected to perform 30-plus bench press reps of 225 pounds during pre-draft testing. He spent the first three seasons of his collegiate career at Ferris State University playing in a QB-run heavy scheme, before transferring to Hope College, where he has thrived over the past two seasons starting at RB for 19 of his 20 games with increased playing time—he finished with 2,706 rushing yards (6.9 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Will need to work on doing a better job of staying lower to the ground and keeping his pad level low. He was not asked to play much of a role catching the ball out of the backfield, so he is working on improving his versatility during his draft preparation and is open to playing all special teams units. Coming out of the D3 ranks, NFL scouts will be anxious to see his timed speed. The Detroit Lions were one confirmed team to make the visit to campus to get an up-close look. He’s been praised by coaches for his high character, he wore #22 during one game in honor of his teammate who suffered a season-ending injury; a selfless player who always puts the team first. With his frame and strength, he could serve as a valuable short-yardage and goal line runner but he has showcased the ability to be a workhorse back who can keep it between the tackles or bust it up the gut for a big run. Definitely one of the small school prospects who will intrigue pro scouts leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Why did you choose to attend Hope College? Had degree program of choice.
If you have chosen a major, please explain how you plan to use it after graduation: To become a strength and conditioning coordinator at a university.
List a favorite Bible verse and why it is meaningful to you: Philippians 4:13. Because it shows you can do anything when God is on your side.
Where is your favorite place on campus? Weight room, because I like to work out
What is your favorite pre-game music? Metal
If you could play another sport, regardless of skill, what would it be? Basketball
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never fear failure.
A 2013 graduate of Otsego High School . . . Played RB on Offense and DL on Defense … Lead the team in rushing in his junior and senior Seasons (600+ each season with a 7.0+ average per carry) . . . Also led the team in scoring (10 TD’s) his senior year and tackles for loss . . . Earned all-conference honors defensively as a junior . . . Chosen all-conference first team on both sides of the ball as a senior . . . Was an all-county and Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team honoree . . . Invited and participated in the US Army Junior Combine in San Antonio (won the bench reps contest for LB’s – 72 participants) and the Under Armour All American Combine in Orlando . . . Claimed Michigan Preps First-Team All Combine laurels twice . . . Also received recognition at the National Underclassmen Combines – NUC – (awards for – 2011 / 2012 – Co-MVP LB, Strongest Man, Strongest Skill, Combine King, U100 and Top Prospect Invitee), NUC – 5-Star Event (Top Performer @LB)n . . . Invited to play in the NUC All American Game in Myrtle Beach . . . Lake Michigan Football Report – Unsigned Senior Camp in December of 2012 . . . Top Performer in the Senior Exposure Camp (#1 – fastest 40 dash – 4.53) . . . The D-Zone’s 2012 All Michigan Defensive Team, The D-Zone 2012 All West Michigan Team . . . Wrestled as a senior and finished sixth in the state in the 215 lb. class . . . Attained all-conference first team, all-county and all-state honors in wrestling.
YR GP ATT YDS YPC LG TD
2016 10 200 1,361 6.8 65 17
2017 10 193 1,345 7.0 82 14
TOTAL 20 393 2,706 6.9 82 31