Nike's 'The Opening' takes center stage

The nation's best prep players are on display. Dave Miller

Print This July 06, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

Wide Receivers

A lot of receiving talent will be on display this weekend, highlighted by Florida's Ahmad Fulwood, who is committed to play for Will Muschamp in Gainesville. Georgia pledge Reggie Davis also will represent the SEC. Texas commits Jake Oliver and Jocorey Warrick, North Carolina commit Ryan Switzer and Miami pledge Travis Johnson will also be in attendance. But a ton of talent is headed to the Pac-12, headlined by the USC trio of Eldridge Massington, Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue. Those three will enjoy getting the chance to catch passes from future Trojan teammate Max Browne. Washington's Steve Sarkisian has netted the pledges of Darrell Daniels and Damorea Stringfellow, while Darren Carrington plans to enroll in Eugene, Florida State will be represented by Tony Stevens and Notre Dame commit Corey Robinson will experience life on the big stage after going under the radar for so long.

There are also a slew of uncommitted receivers at the showcase. Georgia's Kyrin Priester, Illinois product Laquon Treadwell, Texas native Ra'Shaad Samples, Florida product Isaiah Jones, Maryland's Paul Harris, Texas native Torri Hunter Jr. and Georgia's Ryan Jenkins are all in Oregon this weekend.

One tight end to keep an eye on is athletic Alabama native O.J. Howard, a 6-6, 225-pounder who will stay in-state and play for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.


Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster is the consensus highest-ranked defender at this event, so a lot of eyes will certainly be on him. He's best known as a run defender, so his coverage skills will be watched closely in an event that is pass-oriented. He is currently committed to Alabama but many feel that Auburn and Georgia are still in the mix.

Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand is a name to store in the back of your mind because he's one of the few Class of 2014 prospects to net an invite to this event. The Virginia native will obviously be going against some of the most talented offensive linemen in the Class of 2013, so his performance will be monitored closely

Arizona defensive back Priest Willis brings intrigue because he's arguably the most versatile defensive back at the event. He has very good size, speed and run defense skills, so many analysts believe he would project best as a next-level safety. But there are some who believe he is quick enough to be a very good cornerback as well. It will be interesting to see if he's able to showcase himself at both positions at this camp.


USC leads all schools with eight commitments at the camp. Meanwhile, Florida, Georgia and Michigan have seven, while Notre Dame has six. Will these programs be able to net more commitments this weekend? Former Ohio State pledge Alex Anzalone, a linebacker from Pennsylvania, is expected to announce his destination. Notre Dame, Florida and Penn State are reportedly the finalists.

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