Scouting The Opening's Best

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Beaverton, Ore. - Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy takes a look at over 50 prospects from The Opening including highlights.

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The Opening, a comprehensive football training camp held at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., was one of the most talent laden events I've ever attended. Here is a look at dozens of players who made plays during the 7on competition.

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Angelo Jean-Louis, WR, 6'0/185, Wellington, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Miami
Comments - Deceptive speed with good hands, Jean-Louis is strong in traffic and uses his body well to shield defenders.
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Bralon Addison, WR, 5'10/180, Sugar Land, Texas
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Texas A&M
Comments - Undersized, but not small, Addison is a compact receiver who excels in the slot. He has good hands and is more quick than fast.
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Bryce Treggs, WR, 5'11/180, Bellflower, Calif.
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Committed to Cal
Comments - Arguably the best receiver at the event, Treggs has a good feel for coverage, an extra gear in the open field and sticky hands.
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Cayleb Jones, WR, 6'3/185, Austin, Texas
The Opening - Land Sharks
Recruitment - Committed to Texas
Comments - A physically gifted wide receiver, Jones had trouble getting on track at The Opening. The passing game in general for the Land Sharks was erratic from the routes to the passes.
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Chad Kelly, QB, 6'3/205, Buffalo, N.Y.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Clemson
Comments - Kelly was poised and accurate on the short and intermediate routes. He has an average arm with above average decision making and accuracy.
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Chris Bivins, CB, 6'0/170, Gainesville, Fla.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to USF
Comments - A big cornerback, Bivins has a good backpedal and long arms. He has the frame of a potential safety, but the skills to stick at corner.
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Christo Kourtzidis, TE, 6'4/240, Orange, Calif.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Florida State
Comments - Kourtzidis has a big frame and soft hands, he has a long stride in the open field giving him decent speed. Does a good job of using his hands on his catches instead of his body.
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Connor Brewer, QB, 6'2/200, Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to Texas
Comments - Brewer had the best pure throwing motion and delivery of all the quarterbacks in attendance. Struggled at times picking the right receiver with the game on the line. Does a good job of using every quadrant of the field.
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Corey Coleman, WR, 5'11/180, Richardson, Texas
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Baylor
Comments - A solidly built receiver, Coleman has the quickness and toughness to play inside and the top end speed to play outside.
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Corey Jones, WR, 5'10/165, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Considering Cincinnati, Kansas, Penn State, and Pittsburgh among others
Comments - Quick and vocal. One of the players most likely to make a man miss, and make sure he knows it. Jones has an excellent feel for finding the open spot in a zone, and he's not going to drop a pass near him.
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Cory Batey, WR, 5'11/180, Nashville, Tenn.
The Opening - Land Sharks
Recruitment - Committed to Vanderbilt
Comments - Lined up in the backfield a lot and did a good job of catching quick outs and swing passes. Well developed physically.
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Cyrus Jones, CB, 5'10/185, Baltimore, Md.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Considering Alabama, Auburn, Penn State, West Virginia, Miami and Ohio State among others
Comments - A running back as well as defensive back in high school, Jones made his mark at corner. He's physical and has quick hands to knock a pass away.
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Davonte' Neal, DB, 5'10/175, Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Considering seemingly everyone
Comments - An athlete who can play on either side of the ball, Neal made his mark on defense for his Alpha Speed team, flashing his trademark closing speed in the defensive backfield.
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Deontay Greenberry, WR/S, 6'3/180, Fresno, Calif.
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Committed to Notre Dame
Comments - One of the most physically gifted players in the nation, Greenberry has the ability to take over a game on offense or defense, as well as the tendency to disappear in a game. Consistency will be the key for Greenberry as he has the talent to be as good as he wants to be.
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Deontay McManus, WR, 6'1/210, Baltimore, Md.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to West Virginia
Comments - Another player whose effort level comes into question at times, McManus was at his best at The Opening. With a linebacker build, McManus ran his routes like he was on fire. He showed what he is capable of when he's at 100% all the time.
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Derrick Henry '13, TE, 6'3/225, Yulee, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - National Recruit for '13
Comments - The most physically imposing skill player on the field is also the youngest. A running back at 6'3/225, Henry played tight end all weekend, which could be a precursor of things to come in his collegiate future as he keeps getting bigger and bigger. He has the hands to pull it off.
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Devan Bogard, S, 6'1/185, Cleveland, Ohio
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Committed to Ohio State
Comments - Listed in the Scout database at 175 pounds, Bogard has obviously been spending some time in the weight room. He has a chiseled frame of an outside linebacker with long, long arms. Excellent range and break on the ball.
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De'Vante Harris, CB, 5'11/160, Mesquite, Texas
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Oklahoma
Comments - Harris is never going to be a big corner as he has narrow shoulders, but he's got excellent ball skills and coverage ability. He is a good leaper with long arms and is quick on the uptake in a new system.
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Dillon Lee, LB, 6'3/220, Buford, Ga.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Alabama
Comments - It's hard for a linebacker to get noticed during a 7on7 tournament, but Lee did a good job of patrolling the middle of his defense and showed good sideline to sideline speed chasing down smaller backs and slot receivers.
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Dominic Ramacher, TE, 6'3/225, Denton, Texas
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Oklahoma State
Comments - Listed as a linebacker by Scout, Ramacher showed the ability to play tight end on the next level as a big target with soft hands and good speed.
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Drew Madhu, LB, 6'1/200, Tampa, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Stanford
Comments - A quick outside linebacker, Madhu did a good job of coverage and in pursuit. Listed as a safety by Scout, outside linebacker could still be in his future.
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Duke Johnson, RB, 5'9/180, Miami, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Miami
Comments - A smaller, quick back, Johnson is ideally suited for the open field game of 7on7, and he became the perfect outlet for quarterback Chad Kelly. Johnson has good hands and good open field moves.
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Dwayne Stanford, WR, 6'4/195, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Considering Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky among others.
Comments - A long possession type of receiver, Stanford has a large catching circle because of his height and wing-span. Decent speed once he gets uncoiled.
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Germone Hopper, WR, 6'0/170, Charlotte, N.C.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Committed to Clemson
Comments - Hopper's name might as well be a description. He is an explosive athlete capable of getting vertical for a pass or outrunning his defender. A confident catcher, Hopper was one of the top receivers in attendance.
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Herbert Waters, WR, 6'0/170, Miami, Fla.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Miami
Comments - Not all that big, not all that fast, but Waters always seemed to be in the mix for his team catching a lot of passes. Sneaky quick and with a good feel for coverage, Waters didn't do anything that stood out, except pile up numbers. A very consistent target for his team.
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Jake Rodrigues, QB, 6'3/215, Whitney, Calif.
The Opening - Land Sharks
Recruitment - Committed to Oregon
Comments - Out of his element as a running spread quarterback at a pure passing tournament, Rodrigues struggled predictably to develop a rhythm with his receivers and throw accurately out of the pocket.
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Jaydon Mickens, WR, 5'9/175, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to USC
Comments - Another player who looks like he has spent some time in the weight room, Mickens is noticeably thicker this summer without losing his speed and quickness. A good option in the slot with his change of direction.
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Johnathan Gray, RB, 5'11/190, Aledo, Texas
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to Texas
Comments - One might think a player who rushes for eight touchdowns in a State Championship as Gray did in 2010 might not have a lot of experience catching the ball, but Gray proved to all in attendance he's a multi-faceted threat out of the backfield. He has outstanding hands.
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Kenny Lawler, WR, 6'3/185, Upland, Calif.
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Arizona State
Comments - Lawler is a big target for his quarterback with good speed. Will need to improve on his route running in order to get separation.
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Kolby Listenbee, WR, 6'0/170, Arlington, Texas
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to TCU
Comments - Does a good job of concentrating on the ball and making tough catches in traffic. His long arms make him seem bigger than his listed 6'0 height.
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Landon Collins, S, 6'0/205, Geismar, La.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - LSU and Alabama lead Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and Miami
Comments - Collins is built like a college safety already, he looks like a linebacker, but quarterback after quarterback that tried to test him over the middle found out just how quick Collins is. Named the tournament MVP as a safety is quite a feat and Collins earned it.
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Latroy Pittman, WR, 6'1/185, Citra, Fla.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to Florida
Comments - Pittman has the build of a running back on the legs of a 10.7 100 meter blazer. Pittman has the hands and speed to be elite, he just needs to keep refining his craft, specifically his route running.
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Malik Gilmore, WR, 6'3/195, Lakewood, Calif.
The Opening - Land Sharks
Recruitment - Committed to Oregon State
Comments - Another big, long receiver, Gilmore runs good underneath routes and has solid hands. Physical against the press, Gilmore is tough to stop in the short passing game.
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Nelson Agholor, WR, 6'1/175, Tampa, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Talon
Recruitment - Considering Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Texas among others
Comments - The epitome of the "athlete" position, Agholor stars on both sides of the ball in high school, but it was on offense that he shined at The Opening. Agholor catches the ball well considering his limited experience doing it, and that speed....
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P.J. Williams, S, 6'1/180, Ocala, Fla.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Florida State
Comments - Turns out it's an incredibly deep year for safeties in the Class of 2012, and Williams, who has the size of a big corner, is one of the best in coverage in the country. He glides from sideline to sideline and has terrific instincts.
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Raymond Ford, CB, 5'9/165, Gardena, Calif.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to UCLA
Comments - Undersized but in his element in a 7on7 as he excels in coverage and breaking on a ball. In the past has had a tendency to run hot and cold with his effort, but Ford showed a great attitude and work ethic at The Opening.
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Richard Smith, WR, 5'9/160, Long Beach, Calif.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to Arizona State
Comments - Another two-way star, Smith played wide receiver at The Opening, but he's pretty good at math as well. "Arizona State has what, 10 receivers and one defensive back? I'm going to play corner," Smith laughed.
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Sean Price, TE, 6'4/230, Citra, Fla.
The Opening - SuperBad
Recruitment - Committed to USF
Comments - Price was easily the top tight end, if not one of the top offensive players period, at The Opening. He had several circus catches, and half the players in attendance trying to recruit him away from the Bulls. Price's answer was to recruit for USF.
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Tanner Mangum, QB, 6'3/185, Eagle, Id.
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Committed to BYU
Comments - 7on7 is about a quarterback who makes quick decisions and throws accurately, and no quarterback excelled at those two skills better than Mangum.
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Taylor McNamara, TE, 6'5/235, San Diego, Calif.
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Committed to Arizona
Comments - Built like a big wide receiver, McNamara caused matchup problems for opposing linebackers all weekend and became a favorite target of Mangum.
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Tee Shepard, DB/WR, 6'0/180, Fresno, Calif.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Notre Dame
Comments - Some players just have it; Shepard has it. Shepard expects a ball in the air to be his, and he's often right. For good measure, Shepard moved over to play some offense and had his team's only touchdown reception in one game.
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T.J. Davis, CB, 6'0/180, Tallahassee, Fla.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Notre Dame leads a host of others
Comments - A physical presence at the line, Davis shows good timing with his break on the ball and ability to make contact without being called for interference.
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Travis Blanks, S, 6'1/195, Tallahassee, Fla.
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Clemson
Comments - Blanks had the best single game defensive performance I watched on Saturday with two interceptions and a third that was called back because it was ruled a sack. I mentioned during the game that I didn't know what he was ranked, but it wasn't high enough.
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Trey Williams, RB, 5'8/180, Houston, Texas
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to Texas A&M
Comments - A very good receiver out of the backfield and quick in the open field, Williams also gave a lesson to one team about playing to the whistle as he ran for a long touchdown after the defense quit having thought they made the tackle.
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Tyler Matthews, QB, 6'3/195, McPherson, Kan.
The Opening - Field Generals
Recruitment - Committed to TCU
Comments - Does a good job of limiting his mistakes and throws a catchable ball. A bit of a loop in the release, but he gets rid of it quickly regardless.
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Wayne Morgan, DB, 5'11/190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Opening - Vapor Carbon
Recruitment - Considering Boston College, Connecticut, and Rutgers among others
Comments - Was at his best when he could play the short third and keep the action in front of him, Morgan struggled in coverage when he had to turn and run with a man.
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Zach Kline, QB, 6'2/195, Danville, Calif.
The Opening - Alpha Speed
Recruitment - Committed to Cal
Comments - The strongest arm in attendance, Kline's was also the most erratic. Kline was capable of showing flashes of why he is so highly regarded, but he never looked comfortable in the pocket and struggled mightily over the course of the weekend.
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