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Those that are good enough to play in division I to community college, college football programs are doing everything they can to bring those athletes to their campuses.

In the holland area, multiple athletes have gone on to play division I football in recent years, including kirk cousins and khylin barton at michigan state, desmond morgan at michigan, tyler vantubbergen at western michigan and corey willis, nathan ricketts and johnathan berghorst at central michigan.

Adam berghorst and boone bonnema will both be playing for a division I school next fall — and the recruiting process that they have gone through has been quite intricate.

“it’s a lot of fun.Bonnema said it takes a lot of your time, a lot of coaches asking to call me every night, a lot of letters in the mail, it’s a lot of fun, but it definitely takes a lot of time up,” berghorst said.


Since the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, berghorst has received 16 offers and interest from two others, according to 247sports.Com.

In that summer, berghorst worked on his 6-foot, 7-inch physique, put on 30 pounds to weigh 245 pounds. After his junior season went well, with the chix going undefeated in the regular season, he sent out a highlight tape and calls began coming in.

Immediately after the season, he was offered by both western and central michigan.Oshnock said in december, he received offers from kentucky, indiana, iowa state and michigan state.

When 2018 began, the rest of his offers were pouring in. Minnesota, purdue, ball state, michigan, northwestern, notre dame, nebraska, pittsburgh and boston college all offered a scholarship to the chix defensive end.

Berghorst said his favorites are currently michigan, michigan state, notre dame, northwestern and central michigan, citing the ability to play with his brother johnathan, who was a gray-shirt freshman this past season.

He received five offers, all from mid-american conference schools: central michigan, toledo, ball state and eastern michigan, as well as WMU.Oshnock said

“the recruiting process is a lot of fun and exciting for a certain amount of time,” bonnema said. “at some point, you do feel some pressure to make a decision though. It was a lot of fun meeting and talking to college coaches. It’s fun seeing these individuals on TV and then meting them in person.”

Bonnema committed to be a bronco in late february, citing proximity to home, the family atmosphere of the program and the school, the comfortability with the coaches and their excellent business school, he said.

Both have taken unofficial visits to schools. During an athlete’s junior season, the recruits get to visit the school and take in what they have to offer.Berghorst said

West ottawa coach ryan oshnock, who used to coach at the collegiate level at ferris state has had first-hand experience with both sides of the recruiting process.

"The biggest thing is to have your players make their highlight tapes and update them on a regular basis," oshnock said. "The vast majority of schools do not watch game film anymore."

The NCAA allows official visits, but only five. The rule was recently changed from only allowing five during a recruits senior year to five combined between the junior and senior years.

“they’ve got basketball games and I went to those this winter, and you meet with all the coaches and they have junior days and spring practices, you can attend any one of those and most schools have those and spring games, every school’s invited me to theirs,” berghorst said.Oshnock said

Bonnema said a typical junior day consists of meeting with the coaches and some team members, a campus tour, visiting the locker rooms and the stadium and practice facility, having a meal and then finishing the day with a basketball game or a football game, depending on the season the visit takes place.

He said that notre dame focused on academics while michigan state’s visit was focused on football. Both boston college and northwestern focused on the connection with both boston and chicago academically.

“A lot of schools have recruiters,” berghorst said. “michigan state’s offensive line coach, he recruits west michigan so I’ll talk to him the most.Bonnema said some schools have it where your position coach talks to you so defensive-line coach, iowa state has that and periodically, whatever head coach reaches out to me.”

From the college perspective, oshnock says that division I colleges typically offer at least 10 defensive back offers and take the first three that commit.

"Offers don’t really mean anything these days," oshnock said. "Coaches jump around to so many different schools and are always looking to move up, that many times, integrity goes right out the window."

"These coaches really need to do their homework and watch as much film as they can because they do not have the budget or personnel staff resources to help identify kids," oshnock said. "If they like someone, they will pull the trigger and offer."

Berghorst said

With their junior year coming to an end, the two teammates will play one more season together for zeeland east before going their separate ways in college. But having each other to bounce ideas and visits off of has helped.

“bergs has been one of my best friends since I moved here a couple years back,” bonnema said. “we have had so much fun talking about the different schools and opinions. It’s also great to occasionally go on the same visits together. It’s awesome to share a lifetime goal and actually achieve it.”

"All schools have computers and internet," oshnock said. "All high schools use hudl or some other database to store film.Berghorst said they will find enough good players to fill their rosters."

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