Nike's The Opening: How to watch, who to watch and what to look for
|Saturday, July 1, 2017 8:01 AM- -|
BEAVERTON, OR – Time to get down to business.
The first two days of Nike’s The Opening have been spent watching the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends run through drills in a rather relaxed setting at Nike’s World Headuarters. On Saturday, everything gets ramped up a notch when the Nike Football Rating Championship takes place. The rest of the athletes invited to the summer’s most prestigious event will be on hand, including Clemson defensive end commit Xavier Thomas and top targets like Jamaree Salyer, Jackson Carman and K.J. Henry. It all starts late Saturday with the Training Camp Showcase. The event is much like the NFL Combine, except it’s for high school players. A winner will be crowned and named the nation’s best athlete.
The first two days of Nike’s The Opening have been spent watching the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends run through drills in a rather relaxed setting at Nike’s World Headuarters. On Saturday, everything gets ramped up a notch when the Nike Football Rating Championship takes place. The rest of the athletes invited to the summer’s most prestigious event will be on hand, including Clemson defensive end commit Xavier Thomas and top targets like Jamaree Salyer, Jackson Carman and K.J. Henry.
It all starts late Saturday with the Training Camp Showcase. The event is much like the NFL Combine, except it’s for high school players. A winner will be crowned and named the nation’s best athlete.
Sunday, there will be a lineman challenge, where the best OLs and DLs go up 1-on-1, many of them wearing pads to give the most realistic assessment of skill. (Players from some states aren’t allowed to strap up, due to restrictions by their high school athletic associations.) While the linemen are butting heads, the skill players will participate in a 7-on-7 tournament. It culminates with a final on Monday to close the event.
Team Savage Pro is led by Trevor Lawrence and Clemson wide receiver target Justyn Ross. Stud tight end Will Mallory (Miami commit), Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams is also on the team, as well as four-star linebacker Xavier Peters, four-star running back Cam’Ron Davis, and five-star receiver Brian Hightower.
Lawrence told TigerNet Friday that he’s had fun with Ross and recruiting other top prospects.
“It’s been a lot of fun. This is my first time throwing to Justyn Ross, so it’s good to see him running routes and catching the ball. He’s really good, so hopefully we’ll get him,” Lawrence said. “I’ve seen Brennan (Eagles) a lot. I really like him and we’re pretty close. Jordyn (Adams) I saw him up at the Regional at Charlotte, so I’ve thrown to him. I hope we get all of them.
“I’ve been recruiting Justyn Ross and Jordyn Adams. I try not to talk recruiting too much and we just hang out, but we’re all good friends. I’m excited to see Jackson Carman, Jamaree Salyer and Trey Hill tomorrow. I’ve been recruiting all of those guys, too.”
Trey Hill, Jackson Carman, and Jamaree Salyer will lead the offensive linemen, while Xavier Thomas will lead the star-studded group of defensive linemen that includes Georgia commit Nolan Smith, who is a teammate of Thomas’ at IMG and has recently visited Clemson. K.J. Henry is another Clemson target we will keep an eye on.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: The event has less TV coverage than in year’s past, and the only time it will be on will be Monday night when the finals are shown starting at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network. However, TigerNet will be on hand and we will bring you updates Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with scores and notes as they happen on our board and on Twitter.
Here is a quick schedule of the events, with all times Eastern.
July 1, Saturday
INTERVIEW SESSION: 9:30 p.m. ET
NIKE FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP: 10 p.m. ET
July 2, Sunday
NIKE 7ON7 TEAM JOG-THRU: 12:30 p.m. ET
LINEMAN CHALLENGE WORKOUT: 1 p.m. ET
NIKE 7ON7 POOL PLAY: 2 p.m. ET
LINEMAN INTERVIEW SESSION: 4 p.m. ET
1ST ROUND OF NIKE 7ON7 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: 10 p.m. ET
July 3, Monday
LINEMAN DRILLS: 12:30 p.m. ET
NIKE 7ON7 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: 12:30 p.m. ET
LINEMAN 1ON1 FINALS: 3:35 p.m. ET
LINEMAN INTERVIEW SESSION: 4 p.m. ET
NIKE 7ON7 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: 7 p.m. ET on the NFL Network
INTERVIEW SESSION: 8 p.m. ET
THE OPENING AWARDS CEREMONY: 8:30 p.m. ET
Name Pos High School State Year Committed to? 5-starXavier Thomas DL IMG Academy FL 2018 Clemson 5-star Trevor Lawrence QB Cartersville GA 2018 Clemson 5-star Nolan Smith DL IMG Academy FL 2019 Georgia 5-star Lorenzo Lingard RB University FL 2018 Miami 5-star Brenton Cox Jr. DL Stockbridge GA 2018 Ohio State 5-star Taron Vincent DL IMG Academy FL 2018 Ohio State 5-star Brey Walker OL Southmoore OK 2018 Oklahoma 5-star B.J. Foster DB Angleton TX 2018 Texas 5-star Palaie Gaoteote LB Bishop Gorman NV 2018 USC 5-star Amon-Ra St. Brown WR Mater Dei CA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Anthony Cook DB Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Brennan Eagles OL Belleville MI 2019 Uncommitted 5-star Jackson Carman OL Fairfield OH 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Jalen Hall WR Hawkins CA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Jamaree Salyer OL Pace Academy GA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Jowon Briggs OL Walnut Hills OH 2019 Uncommitted 5-star Justin Fields QB Harrison GA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Justyn Ross WR Central AL 2018 Uncommitted 5-star KJ Henry DL West Forsyth NC 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Matthew Corral QB Long Beach Poly CA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Micah Parsons LB Harrisburg VA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Owen Pappoe LB Grayson GA 2019 Uncommitted 5-star P.J. Mustipher DL McDonogh MD 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Patrick Surtain II DB American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Tanner McKee QB Centennial CA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Terrace Marshall WR Parkway LA 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Tyreke Johnson DB Trinity Christian FL 2018 Uncommitted 5-star Zachary Harrison DL Olentangy OH 2019 Uncommitted 4-star Xavier Williams WR Chaminade-Madonna FL 2018 Alabama 4-star Luke Ford TE Carterville IL 2018 Arkansas 4-star Brandon Kaho LB Reno NV 2018 BYU 4-star Amari Burney DB Calvary Christian FL 2018 Florida 4-star A.J. Lytton DB Dr. Henry Wise MD 2018 FSU 4-star Amari Gainer LB Chiles FL 2018 FSU 4-star Asante Samuel Jr. DB St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 FSU 4-star James Cook RB Miami Central FL 2018 FSU 4-star Corione Harris DB Landry-Walker LA 2018 Kansas 4-star Jarren Williams QB Central Gwinnett GA 2018 Kentucky 4-star Kelvin Joseph DB Scotlandville Magnet LA 2018 LSU 4-star Camron Davis RB Carol City FL 2018 Miami 4-star Josh Jobe DB Miami Columbus FL 2018 Miami 4-star Will Mallory TE Providence FL 2018 Miami 4-star Al Blades DB St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 Miami 4-star Brevin Jordan TE Bishop Gorman NV 2018 Miami 4-star Brian Hightower WR IMG Academy FL 2018 Miami 4-star Mark Pope WR Southridge FL 2018 Miami 4-star Nesta Silvera DL American Heritage FL 2018 Miami 4-star Emil Ekiyor OL Cathedral IN 2018 Michigan 4-star Myles Sims DB Westlake GA 2018 Michigan 4-star Ricky Person Jr. RB Franklinton NC 2018 NC State 4-star Devin Leary QB Timber Creek NJ 2018 NC State 4-star B. Radley-Hiles RB IMG Academy FL 2018 Nebraska 4-star Chase Williams ATH Eleanor Roosevelt CA 2018 Nebraska 4-star Payton Wilson LB Orange NC 2018 North Carolina 4-star Tyler Shough QB Hamilton AZ 2018 North Carolina 4-star George Takacs TE Gulf Coast FL 2018 Notre Dame 4-star Jayson Ademilola DL St. Peter's Prep NJ 2018 Notre Dame 4-star Derrik Allen DB Lassiter GA 2018 Notre Dame 4-star Andrew Chatfield DL American Heritage FL 2018 Ohio State 4-star Jaelen Gill RB Westerville South OH 2018 Ohio State 4-star Jaiden Woodbey DB St. John Bosco CA 2018 Ohio State 4-star Josh Proctor DB Owasso OK 2018 Ohio State 4-star Sevyn Banks DB Jones FL 2018 Ohio State 4-star Teradja Mitchell LB Bishop Sullivan Catholic VA 2018 Ohio State 4-star Ron Tatum DL Putnam City OK 2018 Oklahoma 4-star TJ Pledger RB IMG Academy FL 2018 Oklahoma 4-star Steve Stephens DB Edison CA 2018 Oregon 4-star Jamal Elliot RB Hillside NC 2018 Oregon 4-star Jevon Holland DB Bishop O'Dowd CA 2018 Oregon 4-star Ricky Slade Jr. RB C.D. Hylton VA 2018 Penn State 4-star Justin Shorter WR South Brunswick NJ 2018 Penn State 4-star Tyrone Sampson Jr. OL East English Village Prep MI 2018 Syracuse 4-star Justin Rogers QB Parkway LA 2018 TCU 4-star Atanza Vongor DB South Grand Prarie TX 2018 TCU 4-star Alontae Taylor ATH Coffee County TN 2018 Tennessee 4-star Rondale Moore WR Trinity KY 2018 Texas 4-star Caden Sterns DB Steele TX 2018 Texas 4-star Joshua Moore WR IMG Academy FL 2018 Texas A&M 4-star Leon O'Neal Jr. DB Cy Springs TX 2018 Texas A&M 4-star D.Thompson-Robinson QB Bishop Gorman NV 2018 UCLA 4-star Stephan Blaylock DB St. John Bosco CA 2018 UCLA 4-star Raymond Scott LB Narbonne CA 2018 USC 4-star Jack Tuttle QB Mission Hills CA 2018 Utah 4-star Marquis Spiker WR Murrieta Valley CA 2018 Washington 4-star Aashari Crosswell DB Hawkins CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Al'Vonte Woodard WR Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Anthony Schwartz WR American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Azeez Ojulari DL Marietta GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Bryan Addison DB Serra CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Cameron Latu DL Olympus UT 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Cameron McGrone LB Lawrence Central IN 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Channing Tindall LB Spring Valley SC 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Chase Cota WR South Medford OR 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Christian Tutt DB Heights TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Curtis Dunlap Jr. OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star D'Shawn Jamison DB Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Dante Stills DL Fairmont WV 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Devon Williams WR Antelope Valley CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Elijah Moore WR St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Greg Emerson DL North Side TN 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Harold Joiner III RB Mountain Brook AL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Houston Griffith DB IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Isaac Taylor-Stuart DB St. Augustine CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Isaah Crocker WR Inderkum CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star J.J. Peterson LB Colquitt County GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star JaMarr Chase WR Archbishop Rummel LA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jack Lamb LB Great Oak CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jalen Green DB Heights TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jalen Preston WR Manvel TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jaycee Horn DB Alpharetta GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jeremy Ruckert TE Lindenhurst NY 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Jordyn Adams WR Green Hope NC 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Josh Vann WR Tucker GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Justin Dedich OL Chapparal CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star K'Vaughan Pope LB Dinwiddie VA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kalon Gervin DB Cass Tech MI 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kamryn Babb WR Christian Brothers College MO 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kearis Jackson WR Peach County GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kevin Austin WR North Broward FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kyle Pitts TE Archbishop Wood PA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Kyler McMichael DB Greater Atlanta Christian School GA 2018 CLEMSON 4-star L'Christian Smith WR Wayne OH 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Merlin Robertson LB Serra CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Michael Thompson DL Parkway North MO 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Mychale Salahuddin ATH Woodson H.D. DC 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Olaijah Griffin DB Mission Viejo CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Penei Sewell OL Desert Hills CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Rasheed Walker OL North Point MD 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Reuben Unije OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Richard Gouraige OL Cambridge Christian FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Rick Sandidge Jr. DL Concord NC 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Ronnie Perkins DL Lutheran North MO 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Shayne Simon LB St. Peters Prep NJ 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Solomon Enis WR North Canyon AZ 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Solomon Tuliaupupu LB Mater Dei CA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Talanoa Hufanga DB Crescent Valley OR 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Tank Jenkins OL Park Crossing AL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Tommy Bush WR Samuel Clemens TX 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Trey Hill OL Houston County GA 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Tyreke Smith DL Cleveland Heights OH 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Tyson Campbell DB American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star William Barnes OL Apopka FL 2018 Uncommitted 4-star Xavier Peters LB Lakota West OH 2018 Uncommitted NA Sammiuela Taimaini OL East Salt Lake City UT 2018 Uncommitted NA John Emery Jr. RB Destrehan LA 2019 Uncommitted 3-star Christian Morgan DB Porter TX 2018 Baylor 3-star Chris Smith DB Hapeville Charter GA 2018 Georgia 3-star Micah Baskerville LB Evangel Christian Aca. LA 2018 LSU 3-star Nelson Jenkins III DL Plaquemine LA 2018 LSU 3-star Delone Scaife OL Southridge FL 2018 Miami 3-star Gemon Green DB DeSoto TX 2018 Michigan 3-star Christian Turner RB Buford GA 2018 Michigan 3-star Jamion Franklin DL North Caroline MD 2018 Notre Dame 3-star Ovie Oghoufo LB Harrison MI 2018 Notre Dame 3-star Quincy Patterson II QB Solorio Academy IL 2018 Virginia Tech 3-star Cammon Cooper QB Lehi UT 2018 Washington State 3-star Chigoziem Okonkwo TE Hillgrove GA 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Daniel Faalele OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted 3-star David Reese LB Fort Pierce Central FL 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Dennis Briggs Jr. DL Gateway FL 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Devon Lawrence RB Wake Forest NC 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Gunner Romney WR Chandler AZ 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Jovaughn Gwyn OL Harding NC 2018 Uncommitted 3-star Kenneth Dicks III DB Lambert GA 2018 Uncommitted 2-star William Craig OL Granite Bay CA 2018 Uncommitted