Feb. 5, 2014
Allendale, Mich. -
Grand Valley State University head football coach Matt Mitchell announced the signing of 22 student-athletes to attend and play football for the Lakers in the fall of 2014.
"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. 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," added Mitchell.
Grand Valley State's 2014 class consists of 22 total players from Michigan (15), Indiana (4), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Tennessee (1).
"Our name recognition and the success of our football program enables our coaching staff to get in on some players that are being recruited at the Division I level," said Mitchell. "It is important for us to continue to battle those Division I schools for those players if we want to continue to build our program," added Mitchell.
Grand Valley State will open the 2014 campaign at Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Sept. 6.
The 2013 Laker football team finished the campaign with a 12-3 record and advanced to the NCAA DII semifinals for the eighth time since 2001. Grand Valley State has four Nationals Championships and six title game appearances during that span. The Lakers finished third in the final 2013 American Football Coaches Association poll (AFCA) and has now finished a season ranked among the AFCA top 10 eleven times since 2001, including 10 seasons ranked among the top four in the final AFCA poll. GVSU closed the 2013 campaign with a 12-3 mark, marking the 11th time in the last 13 years that the Lakers have won at least 10 games and the eighth time in that same span that Grand Valley State has won 12 games or more.
Grand Valley State closed the 2013 campaign as the all-time winningest football team in the history of college football. The Lakers are 350-126-3 (.7338204), followed by Notre Dame who is now 874-305-42 all-time (.7330057). Michigan is 910-321-36 for a winning percentage of .7324388.