canada africa partner reservation Top football goals in the state of Michigan validate the high school multi-sport athlete

Top football goals in the state of Michigan validate the high school multi-sport athlete

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When Spartan Nation spoke with 2025 Michigan State target Noah LaPorte, a tight end from Princeton, Illinois, the recruit discussed the training he had with tight ends coach Brian Wozniak. LaPorte managed and blocked routes for Wozniak.

“But he didn’t make me do any conditioning exercises or anything because I had four baseball games this week. He didn’t try to put me through anything crazy,” LaPorte said.

LaPorte plays centerfield and pitches for Princeton High School. He told Spartan Nation that his play on the diamond benefits his skill on the gridiron.

“I consider (my best ability to be) my ball skills, being able to track a ball in the air – to go from baseball (in) center field (to) football,” LaPorte said.

LaPorte, like three-star tight end Jayden Savory and four-star offensive lineman Darius Afalava, spends his winters on the basketball court. LaPorte is 6 feet tall.

“I always give it 100 percent,” LaPorte said when asked what he does best on the field. “I don’t give up on a play, I can step out and shoot if (opponents) leave me wide open, and I crash the boards, I find my teammates open. If it doesn’t work out for me, I’ll get my teammates open. Try to do a little bit of everything to help my team win. I also play defense – it’s quite underrated, people don’t like to play defense.

Savory played on Orchard Lake St. Mary’s basketball team and helped them win their first-ever Division 1 state championship. Savory played with top basketball player Trey McKenney from Michigan State.

“A lot of people don’t like to do the dirty work and they don’t like to rebound, block the shots and play defense. All people want to do is score. I think I do a lot of the dirty work do – and to be honest I think I score a good amount too… I have a bit of skill,” Savory said.

Savory and Afalava both played basketball first. Savory started playing basketball in third grade.

“Before I even played football, I played basketball. I played basketball since I was six years old,” Afalava said.

Michigan State 2025 commit DJ White talked about how he thinks specialization has caused multi-sport athletes to be overlooked, especially in Michigan.

“I think Michigan athletes are probably one of the most underrated (groups of) football players just because of where we come from and we play multiple sports besides just (football), like Florida, it’s all football,” White said.

Savory, Afalava and LaPorte play multiple sports; it certainly didn’t hurt their game.

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