Grand Valley signed 27 student-athletes during national signing day on Wednesday.
“It was a little easier recruiting this year because we were able to put the same staff on the road in the same recruiting areas for the second straight year,” said Mitchell. “Our coaches have built solid relationships with high school coaches and 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.
“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.”
Grand Valley State’s consists of 19 players from Michigan, including local talent Scott Tackett from Holland High School, a 6-foot-4, 214-pound defensive end.
The Lakers also signed three players from Indiana, two from Ohio, and one each from Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
GVSU opens its season at Western Oregon on Sept. 1.