"This is obviously a larger class in terms of numbers, but we were able to get a number of kids with a significant amount of Division I interest in the recruiting process," said head coach Matt Mitchell. "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 and our football program. We are always going to recruit the state of Michigan first, but Grand Valley State also draws the attention of kids in the surrounding states and we were able to sign 13 out of state kids and one from Canada," added Mitchell.
Inside the numbers:
• Grand Valley State's 2018 class consists of 44 total players from Michigan (30), Indiana (5), Ohio (4), Illinois (4) and Canada (1). The Lakers signed 23 defensive players, 20 offensive players and one kicker.
• If you were to divide the state of Michigan in half vertically, of the 30 Michigan signees 15 reside on the east side and 15 reside on the west side.
• Seeing Double - GVSU signed two kids from following high schools:
Ft. Wayne Snider - Garrett Carroll, OL; Christian McCarroll, DL
North Muskegon - Jacob Achterhoff, OL; Christian Brooks, LB
Rockford - Jake McLean, WR; Marcus Remtema, DB
Davison - Tariq Reid, RB; Gabe Ellis, LB
Rochester Adams - Cole Patritto, DB; Stephen Roncelli, LB
These are the numbers if you were to break down West Michigan into three sections
West Michigan - 8
Northern West Michigan - 3
Southern West Michigan - 3
How many of the Grand Valley State's Michigan signees reside within one hour of GVSU's Allendale campus - 11
How many of GVSU's 44 2018 signees reside with one hour of another Division II football playing school - 31
.681 percent of GVSU's 2018 football signees (30) are from the state of Michigan.
Did You Know?
For the sixth consecutive year Grand Valley State led all of NCAA DII football in either total attendance or average attendance per game. In 2017 GVSU led the nation in total attendance (67,159/5) and ranked second in average per game (13,432). The Lakers' had 10,898 more fans than the second-highest total (Midwestern State) which had seven home dates in comparison to the Lakers' five home games.
In 2018 Grand Valley State will be the only Division II school in the country to be playing four playoff teams from the previous year. The Lakers will open 2018 at home versus Indianapolis (Aug. 30), then travel to Delta State (Sept. 8) before hosting Ferris State (Oct.13) and Ashland (Nov. 3).
— By Grand Valley State Athletic Department