2017-02-02 / Sports

Angers commits to Saginaw Valley

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE linebacker Duke Angers looks over the Roscommon offense during the district title game on Nov. 5. Angers was expected to sign his national letter of intent with Saginaw Valley State University yesterday afternoon. GLEN LAKE linebacker Duke Angers looks over the Roscommon offense during the district title game on Nov. 5. Angers was expected to sign his national letter of intent with Saginaw Valley State University yesterday afternoon. Countless coaches recruited Duke Angers, the football player. Saginaw Valley State coach Jim Collins recruited Duke Angers, the person.

Collins and SVSU linebackers coach Bill Lund succeeded in their effort to establish a relationship with Angers, landing the highly touted Glen Lake linebacker after going the extra mile during a trip to Traverse City last week.

Angers, a member of the Bay Area Reps, made his decision not long after the pair of SVSU coaches paid him a visit at hockey practice.

“They were on me from the time I came down,” said Angers, who had plans to sign his national letter of intent at the school yesterday after press time. “They were building relationships with me as a person, not as a player, which really brought me in. That’s what really got me there. It shows they care about me and will continue to care about me when I play there.”

Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwood, Rutgers, Sienna Heights and a slew of Division III teams were among those interested in the 6-foot- 1, 230-pound bulldozer.

Northwood was No. 2 on his list.

He said coaches, playing time, his familiarity with a 4-3 scheme and facilities were the deciding factors.

“I love the campus,” Angers said. “Very, very good food.”

He reached out to a number of athletes, including former Bay Reps teammate Thomas Barnes and Frankfort standout Cole Hollenbeck, throughout the decision-making process.

Their guidance confirmed the gut feeling Angers has had since visiting University Center last summer.

“When I first visited, I was really pleased with how they did everything,” he said. “It was well organized and the coaches took me in as one of their own.

“It felt like home from the start.”

Angers’ dad, Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers, feels the same way.

Jerry Angers grew up in Bay City.

“SVSU was in my backyard,” he said. “It’ll be cool going home and watching my son play at the same field ... and I’m looking forward to sitting in the stands and cheering him on.”

The Division 6 Coach of the Year said Collins and Lund indicated that Duke Angers was their No. 1 prospect at inside linebacker — and not just because he set program records for career tackles, career tackles for loss and career starts at Glen Lake.

His ability to lead a defense and understand the game put him above linebackers with similar skill sets.

“They felt he’d fit in well with the current players with his leadership and his ability to control defenses,” Jerry Angers said.

That leadership was certainly on display last fall when Duke Angers led Glen Lake to an 11-3 season and an appearance in the Division 6 final.

He tallied 134 tackles, including 22 for loss, in the process while picking off a pass and forcing a pair of fumbles.

And he’s not bad on skates, either.

The recently converted forward has scored four goals in his last three games with the Bay Reps and has nine points in 13 games this season.

It’s safe to say he has more hits.

“That’s why I’m playing,” he said.

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