Nike's The Opening: How to watch, who to watch and what to look for


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Trevor Lawrence will be back in action Saturday night
Trevor Lawrence will be back in action Saturday night

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.

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



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