As we rapidly approach the beginning of the 2021 college football season, Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester is already looking to the future as he begins to solidify his 2022 recruiting class.
In the early days of summer, WMU started to bring in talented commits to its 2022 class, including Tag Bonnema, Jashawn Johnson, Isaiah Street, and Nate Anderson.
Tag Bonnema | Zeeland East HS | LB
The top ranked commit in this class so far is Bonnema, a 6’4 linebacker from Zeeland, Mich. The 228-pound junior is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and received offers from the likes of Michigan State, Iowa and Cincinnati before committing to WMU. As shown in his highlights, Bonnema has a keen sense of where the offense is going, seemingly always putting himself in the position to make the play. Bonnema’s name may sound familiar, as his brother Boone is also a linebacker for Western Michigan.
Jashawn Johnson | Hoffman Estates HS | ATH
Next up is Johnson out of Hoffman Estates, Ill. Johnson is listed as a two-star athlete by Rivals and a three-star wide receiver by 247Sports The 5’10, 168-pounder was courted by schools such as Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Northern Iowa and South Dakota before choosing to land in Kalamazoo. Johnson will most likely play wide receiver in a Broncos uniform due to his blistering speed and excellent pass catching skills, but has shown flashes of playmaking ability at the cornerback position at the high school level as well as adeptness in the return game in his highlights.
Isaiah Street | Brownsburg HS | DE
Hopping back over to the defensive side of the ball, Street will be joining a long line of serviceable edge rushers WMU has put forth the last couple of years. Street is a three-star weak side defensive end according to 247Sports. He was recruited by schools such as in-conference rivals Ball State and Eastern Michigan, while Iowa State also showed interest before he chose WMU. Street had 38 tackles and 3 sacks in his junior campaign. The Brownsburg, Indiana native bullies offensive lineman with his immense strength and persistence to get to the ball.
Nate Anderson | Homestead HS | WR
Anderson rounds out the list of initial recruits, as he was the first to commit to Western Michigan April 11. The 6’0 wide receiver out of Fort Wayne, Indiana secured offers from Akron, Army, Ball State and Bowling Green prior to securing his commitment to the Broncos. The Homestead High School native is ranked as a three-star prospect on 247Sports and earns that accolade with his top notch speed and elite route running ability. He racked up 49 receptions, 18 touchdowns and 1,359 all purpose yards during his junior season.