East Grand Rapids senior Jahaan Brown signs with Ferris State.
Caledonia's Heath Hoogerhyde signs with Grand Valley State.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) It's National Signing Day in college football and WZZM's "13 On Your Sidelines" is declaring Ferris State University the big winner in West Michigan.
Second-year head coach Tony Annese announced a class of 32 high school players and two junior college players at an afternoon news conference. "This is an outstanding group of young men and we're excited about their potential and talent," Annese said on the school's website. "The addition of this class will certainly be reflected in our depth and increased competition across the board. We're extremely pleased they've become part of the Bulldog family and believe the future is extremely bright."
Leading the way for Ferris State is "13 On Your Sidelines" 2012 Most Valuable Player Ryheem Stokes from Grand Rapids Catholic Central. He is joined by other local stars Brandon Moore, wide receiver from Montague, Jahaan Brown, running back from East Grand Rapids, and quarterback Alex Van De Vusse of Grand Rapids Christian. "(Jahaan Brown and I) talked earlier this week and we think we're going to win a national title," Van De Vusse told WZZM 13 Wednesday. "We have skill all over the place (in this class). We have speed, we have strength. The future is looking promising."
Meanwhile, Grand Valley State University announced a 35 player class on Wednesday. It includes five West Michigan players: Keane Belcher (DL, Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Heath Hoogerhyde (LB, Caledonia), Joel Schipper (PK, Grand Rapids Christian), Collin Schlosser (LB, Forest Hills Central), and Kyle Short (QB, Rockford). "Our coaches did an outstanding job of recruiting to our positional needs and finding kids that want to be a part of Grand Valley State University and our football program," said head coach Matt Mitchell in a statement. "We always recruit the state of Michigan first, but after that I feel our coaches did a great job of finding kids from the surrounding states."
Western Michigan University announced a seventeen player class, the first for new head coach P.J. Fleck. National recruiting website Rivals.com lists the University of Michigan's class sixth nationally and Michigan State's 39th.