The Opening 2014: Scouting Reports


It’s turned into the biggest off-season high school football event of the year and involves the top college football recruits in the nation. Leading up to the season, there is nothing bigger than The Opening.

This year the event is being held July 7-10 in the same location as it always is, at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. 162 players will participate and you can find scouting reports on the majority of the prospects here.

(Just click on their name for the link)

Running Back

Saquon Barkley – Penn State commitment with great vision. Fights for extra yards.

Nick Brossette – LSU with another stud RB on the way. Big back with some wiggle.

Jordan Cronkite – Miami commit with big play potential.

Taj Griffin – Headed to Oregon and should be explosive in the Ducks offense.

JaMycal Hasty – Perfect fit for Baylor’s offense.

Soso Jamabo – Smooth athlete that is a perfect fit in a zone running scheme.

Bryce Love – Great complimentary back that can do damage as a runner and receiver.

Ray-Ray McCloud III – Electric player in the open field.

Jacques Patrick – Massive back with great feet.

Jordan Scarlett – Speed back with an extra gear.

A.J. Turner – Has outstanding instincts and vision as a runner.

Mark Walton – Miami commit. Reclassified from the 2016 class to 2015.

Mike Weber – At his best when he is a one cut and go runner.

Dexter Williams – Committed to The U. Runs hard, can break tackles, and has good speed.

Wide Receiver

Cordell Broadus – Snoop’s son is a good receiver with soft hands.

John Burt – A tall redzone target.

Deon Cain – Plays quarterback in high school. Has explosive potential as a receiver.

George Campbell – Needs to improve consistency, but unreal potential.

Derrick Dillon – Dynamic playmaker that makes people miss.

Jovon Durante – Should be a dangerous player for West Virginia.

Deondre Farrier – Good speed. Can play on the outside or in the slot.

Terry Godwin – Georgia is in a fight to hold onto him. Big time talent.

KJ Hill – A dynamic athlete capable of making the spectacular catch.

Trent Irwin – Does everything well.

Van Jefferson – Explosive out of his breaks. Smooth athlete.

Juwan Johnson – Big target that is committed to Penn State.

Tyron Johnson – Has a desire to score every time he catches the ball.

Christian Kirk – The best slot receiver in this recruiting class.

Damarkus Lodge – Has the chance to develop into a number one receiver at the next level.

Kirk Merritt – Another very good slot receiver.

Ryan Newsome – An exciting player that is a threat to score every play.

Da’Vante Phillips – Declared himself the next Calvin Johnson on his highlight tape.

Calvin Ridley – Committed to Alabama and will be another great one at wide receiver in the SEC.

CJ Sanders – Fearless slot receiver that is committed to Notre Dame.

Equanimeous St. Brown – Huge target. One of the best receivers on the west coast.

Auden Tate – Big target that uses his size well.

Preston Williams – Tennessee commitment. One of the best wide receivers in this recruiting class.


Blake Barnett – Former Notre Dame commit is a perfect fit in a spread offense. Improving rapidly and one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in this class.

Ross Bowers – Extremely underrated player that does a lot of things well.

Ryan Brand – The ultimate underdog at this event that is not currently highly recruited or rated.

Sam Darnold – Missed almost all of his junior season. Flashed big time improvement at Elite 11 in Oakland.

Deondre Francois – More of a pocket passer than a dual-threat. Nice arm strength, needs to add weight.

Torrance Gibson – Freak athlete that needs to improve as a quarterback. Will be awesome in the right system.

Ben Hicks – Inconsistent mechanics. Has the chance to improve a lot with coaching at the Elite 11.

De’Andre Johnson – Florida State commitment needs some work on his mechanics, but flashes potential to develop into a starter for the Seminoles.

Sheriron Jones – Really raw and struggles with consistency in his mechanics, but the upside is massive. Will only get better.

Brian Lewerke – Underrated player that is headed to Michigan State.

Drew Lock – Mizzou commitment with big time skills and inconsistent mechanics.

Alex Malzone – Michigan commit that showed a plus arm on film. An underrated prospect.

Kyler Murray – A special athlete that also throws well from the pocket. Committed to Texas A&M.

Josh Rosen – The best quarterback prospect in this recruiting class. UCLA commit.

Jarrett Stidham – Texas Tech commit is a phenomenal talent. Has huge potential.

Ricky Town – One of the best pocket passers in this recruiting class.

Travis Waller – Dual threat with good speed and can throw the long ball.

Brady White – Maybe the most polished quarterback in this class. Not the biggest player, but mobile.

Brandon Wimbush – A very pickup for James Franklin and Penn State. Should be a good one by the time he starts.

Tight End

Chris Clark – Talented tight end that can make plays in the passing game.

Jordan Davis – Texas A&M commitment that catches the ball really well.

Will Gragg – Potential to be a great receiver in the short and intermediate areas.

Jackson Harris – A tenacious blocker that is a good receiver as well. Georgia commitment.

Alize Jones – UCLA commit who has the chance to be a dynamic receiver at a tight end.

CJ Conrad – Kentucky commitment is an underrated player. Flashes some spectacular ability.

Offensive Line

Quarvez Boulware – Powerful guard prospect that wants to finish.

Matthew Burrell – Dominates. Plays through the echo of the whistle.

Lester Cotton – Committed to Alabama. Has the tools to be best OG in this class.

Chuma Edoga – Tremendous feet. He gets after it. USC commitment.

Noah Green – Athletic prospect that is light on his feet. Committed to Clemson.

Tommy Hatton – Should be ranked higher. Love his pad level and the way he plays the game.

Tristen Hoge – Committed to Notre Dame. One of the best center prospects in the country.

Mitch Hyatt – One of the most talented offensive lineman in this class. Committed to Clemson.

Martez Ivey –’s number one player. Has the chance to be special.

Andre James – Plays with great pad level and is a good athlete.

Javon Patterson – Should develop into a big time interior offensive lineman in the SEC.

Richie Petitbon – Alabama commit that will play guard in college.

Drew Richmond – Good feet and wants to finish.

Dru Samia – The underdog of the offensive line group. Really like his potential.

Maea Teuhema – The most dominating run-blocker in this class. Committed to LSU.

Fred Ulu-Perry – Very good interior line prospect out of St. Louis High School in Hawaii.

Semisi Uluave – Surprisingly nimble feet for such a massive young man.

Keenan Walker – Great feet as a pass blocker that needs to improve as a run blocker. Committed to Arizona.

Dallas Warmack – Following in his brothers footsteps to Alabama.

Darryl Williams – Underrated interior line prospect out of Alabama.

Defensive Line

Michael Barnett – Raw prospect with big time first-step quickness.

Terry Beckner Jr. – Explosive. Strong. Dominant.

Austin Bryant – Has the tools to develop into an effective edge rusher.

Jashon Cornell – One of the top defensive ends in the nation.

Byron Cowart – Rivals ranks him the top player overall.

Breiden Fehoko – Texas Tech commit from Hawaii. STRONG

Neville Gallimore – Massive Canadian kid with awesome athletic traits.

Rasheem Green – No one better at using their hands to rush the passer in this class.

Kendell Jones – Solid against the run. Needs to develop technique against the pass. Mississippi State commit.

Jonathan Ledbetter – Alabama commitment will be a stud for the Tide.

Keisean Lucier-South – Needs to add weight, but big time edge rusher.

Daylon Mack – Explosive off the ball. Committed to Texas A&M.

Adam McLean – Penn State commitment that will get a chance to play early.

Kahlil McKenzie – Planning on committing at The Opening. Monstrous size and ability.

Natrez Patrick – Georgia commitment can get after the passer.

Daron Payne – Guys that big shouldn’t be able to move like he does.

Chauncey Rivers – Another Georgia commitment that can get after the passer.

Tim Settle – One of the best defensive tackles in this recruiting class.

Josh Sweat – Devastating speed off the edge.


Cecil Cherry – Tackles the way God intended linebackers to tackle.

Tevon Coney – One of the best inside linebackers in this class.

Justin Hilliard – Fast. Physical. He can do it all.

Ben Humphreys – Fast linebacker that tackles well in space.

Malik Jefferson – Great athlete that can get after the quarterback and cover equally well.

Darrin Kirkland Jr. – Michigan commitment. One of the best linebackers in the midwest.

Osa Masina – Outstanding athlete that could also play running back.

Arthur McGinnis – A much better edge rusher than a linebacker, but he can cover.

Joshua McMillon – Outstanding linebacker with great instincts.

Sherrod Pittman – South Carolina commit that plays with a burning desire to make the tackle on each play.

Quarte Sapp – Disciplined player that does his job and does it well.

Chad Smith – Outstanding in coverage with great ball skills.

Josh Smith – Has all the tools to become a complete linebacker.

Cameron Smith – Old school middle linebacker. Committed to USC.

Roquan Smith – Great timing as a blitzer that flies all over the field.

Adonis Thomas – Really good athlete that makes plays with is speed.

Defensive Backs

Kris Boyd – Right now is better as a running back, but future is on defense.

Calvin Brewton – A safety with the skills of a corner

Frank Buncom – Versatile player that does a lot of things well.

Tyrek Cole – One of the best cover corners in this class.

Shaun Crawford – Small in stature, but plays much bigger. Great tackler and good ball skills.

Montrell Custis – Alabama commit. Versatile player that can play corner or safety.

Mark Fields – Plays bigger than his size. Explosive athlete that is committed to South Carolina.

Minkah Fitzpatrick – One of the best cornerbacks in this class. Committed to Alabama.

Holton Hill – Big, physical corner from Texas.

DeChaun Holiday – Big corner with elite ball skills.

Donte Jackson – Explosive athlete that could play on either side of the ball.

Derwin James – Can do it all as a safety and is headed to Florida State.

Stephen Johnson – Plays quarterback in high school and likely to make the transition to corner in college.

Jaylon Lane – One of the top corners in this class. Committed to Oklahoma State.

Isaiah Langley – Tremendous athlete who will only get better.

Marcus Lewis – Big corner with great length. Committed to Florida.

Xavier Lewis – Another big corner with great length. Not related to Marcus.

Iman Marshall – Another great player coming out of Long Beach Poly.

PJ Mbanasor – Big physical corner that is committed to Oklahoma.

Rico McGraw – Committed to Georgia. Great size and length. Likes to come up and hit.

Kendrell McFadden – Versatile safety. Committed to West Virginia.

Tarvarus McFadden – Huge corner that may end up at safety. Very physical player.

Mook Reynolds – Underrated player makes a ton of plays. Committed to Virginia Tech.

Kendall Sheffield – Big corner from Texas with amazing physical skills.

Darius Slayton – Great receiver at the prep level, but likely projects to corner in college.

Will Sunderland – Solid hitter with good instincts in coverage.

Marvell Tell – Fundamentally sound and reliable player at safety.

Deionte Thompson – Instinctive safety headed to Alabama.

Kevin Toliver – Outstanding player who won’t back down from anyone in man coverage. Committed to LSU.


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