TRAVERSE CITY — Trevor Apsey’s recruitment is starting to heat up.
The Glen Lake senior, the Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player and member of the Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State football team, is visiting Grand Valley State on Saturday, then is making stops at Northwood and Central Michigan the following weekend. Lakers head coach Jerry Angers also is trying to help Apsey set up a visit to Michigan Tech.
“He’s got a busy couple of weeks, between that and (playing) hockey,” said Angers. “It’s really picked up (Apsey’s recruitment). In fact, I just got off the phone with Central Michigan about a half-hour ago.”
A linebacker-running back, Apsey led the Lakers defensively with 123 tackles while rushing for 1,388 yards — averaging 10.4 yards per carry — on offense.
Central Michigan, which wants Apsey as a strong safety, is one of two Division I schools that have expressed interest in the 6-foot, 205-pounder as a preferred walk-on. Michigan State assistant coach Mike Tressel, the team’s linebackers/special teams coach, visited Glen Lake a few weeks before Christmas and indicated the Spartans might like to have Apsey as an outside linebacker.
“We’re just going to line everything up and go from there,” said Angers. “Figure out by the third week of January what’s the best fit for him. He definitely wants to get it over with by then so he can move forward, just play hockey and lead the baseball team to a state championship.”
Apsey isn’t the only player off this year’s 9-2 Laker team receiving interest. Lineman Wade Peplinski has been talking to Michigan Tech, while center Ross Guilbeau has talked to Tech about a possible spot as a walk-on.
Defensive end Logan LaCross has set his sights at possibly playing at DePauw, a Division III school located in Greencastle, Ind.
Meanwhile, Traverse City Central kicker Jacob Gorter has heard from numerous Division II schools, coach Tom Passinault said, including Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and Hillsdale.
“I think he’s still hoping for a walk-on opportunity at a Division I school, too,” Passinault said.
Defensive lineman Mitch Wynkoop will “most likely” play at Kalamazoo College, the coach said. Linebacker Josiah Lopez-Wild, who was injured part way through the 2013 season, is considering playing at the University of Chicago.
Traverse City West lineman Tyler Town is also drawing some interest from Division II schools, namely Ferris State and Michigan Tech.
“I don’t know the level of interest, but there is interest,” coach Tim Wooer said.
Linebacker-safety Geordon Carter and running back Grant Balino are hearing primarily from Division III schools.
West’s top player, offensive lineman Connor Hayes, committed to Pittsburgh before the season.
Two St. Francis players are also bound for Division I programs — Byron Bullough to Michigan State and Jake Khoury to Buffalo. Linebacker-safety Dan Gallagher, linebacker Adam Armour, tight end-defensive end Jack Brodeur and lineman Eric Coggon are all looking at Division II and III schools, coach Greg Vaughan said.
Cadillac quarterback Jalen Brooks is headed to Ferris State while Grayling’s record-setting quarterback Jake Swander is hearing from NAIA Concordia and “all the Division III schools,” Vikings coach Tim Sanchez said.
“He’ll play somewhere,” Sanchez said. “He just needs to find the right fit. Whoever gets him will be lucky.”
Tyler McClanahan, Swander’s favorite receiver, is thinking of attending Central Michigan University and not playing football.