After playing two years of varsity for White Cloud High School, Dakota Scholten is now at Grant and ready to show that he is a college prospect. Having that early experience as a young player will help him through that process.
"I remember my first game well," he said. "It was against Morley-Stanwood, who won state or made it to state the year before. Let's just say, I didn't adjust well, but then it started clicking by my thir came and it ramped up."
That was due to the preparation Scholten began to put in.
"I kept up with studying and learning my position and being in the weight room. It opened my eyes a lot. Going from 8th grade to Junior Varsity let alone 8th grade to Varsity."
Scholten, at 6'4, 225-pounds, has the athleticism to play several positions.
"I went to Central Michigan for a camp and even though I'm a high school running back and linebacker, they're looking at me as a tight end and they put me at tight end at the camp. This year, though, I'll play tailback and we run a 3-5 and I'll be an inside linebacker on the strong side."
The Chippewas are one of a couple schools to show early interest.
"I've gotten mail and letters, just generic ones from Indiana. I went to CMU for the camp and their linebackers coach came to the school and invited me to the camp."
He knows there will likely be more schools coming in over the next two years and he is open to whoever wants to come along.
I'm very optimistic. The sky's the limit, but I'd like Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Grand Valley State. I probably wouldn't say no to anyone. I'm open to any school that would have interest."