The Lake Forest receiving corps is one of the youngest segments on the team and is loaded with potential. Senior Mike Peters is the lone upper classmen in the group. Peters will look to build off of his 27 receptions for 275 yards and 1 TD that he has for career stats. It will be as a mentor that the New York native, may make his biggest impact on the receivers.
|Peters makes a grab against Grinnell College in 2012|
"Mike demonstrates a tremendous work ethic. he is the type of person and player, that has made our program better since he arrived on campus. I have great confidence that he can be our number one receiver in 2013. The only thing that has held him back thus far in his career is his health. With the off-season that he had in the weight room, I know that he has done everything he can to make his body fend off any injuries," noted Coach Catanzaro.
In addition to Peters, the Foresters return several other receivers who look to make a bigger impact on the team while moving into their sophomore season. Former All-State Track and Field athlete Mike Rantis started five games for the Foresters in 2013. Rantis found touches as a receiver, as a rusher, and as a returner for the Foresters during his freshman campaign. George Vidas from local Taft High School, put on nearly 20lbs of muscle during the 2012-13 off-season, and looks to use this new found size to continue to win battles for the football.
"With George and Mike both, we had a chance to see a little bit of what they could do last year. I am excited about the work that they did in the off-season, and I look forward to them taking on a bigger role this year. I know that they have worked hard to develop chemistry with our quarterbacks, and I am confident that they will have big numbers this year, our passing game depends on their development," said Catanzaro.
Pushing to move up the depth chart for the Foresters will be Sophomores Joe Gutmann, Joey Mailloux, and Anthoney Prestley. Prestley made the move from quarterback to wide receiver in 2012, and left an impression his head coach.
"Anthoney is one of the guys that as a member of the scout team, would give our defensive players fits. He caught the ball in stride and beat a few all-conference players in practice on several occasions. Gutmann quite possibly has the best hands on the team, and Mailloux is our biggest target at wide receiver. Both guys had one thing to work on this off-season, the need to be faster. If they have accomplished that this summer, then there is no reason to expect them not to succeed on the field for us," continued Catanzaro.
Incoming freshmen Zach Kelvington and Garland Gay enter fall camp looking to compete for playing time at their respective positions. Gay, a product of Chicago's Whitney Young High School, and Kevlington a California native bring athleticism and depth to a position that is wide open for competition.