The Opening

Miles Joseph's picture
July 9, 2012 at 7:25a
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As most of us who follow recruiting know, Nike's "The Opening" football camp took place at Nike HQ in Oregon this past weekend. The event featured 150 of the best high school football talents. 148 in the class of 2013, and 2 in the class of 2014. I thought I'd make a blog to give a few of my personal thought on the Opening, while also listed a couple of things we can take from the event.

Most Impressive Prospects:

From what I watched on television, and what I read on Twitter, the following players stood out to me as the most impressive prospects at the camp.

  • QB Max Browne (Committed to USC)- USC is getting a good one in Browne. The consensus top quarterback in the 2013 class lived up to all be hype by displaying the usual great accuracy, and consistency, unlike Michigan commit, Shane Morris, who has occasionally struggled in those two areas. Browne also has pretty solid arm strength, and stood out to me as the best quarterback at the camp.
  • WR Ricky Seals-Jones- Going into The Opening, I hadn't seen too much from Seals-Jones, who recently de-committed from the Texas Longhorns. From what I watched of Seals-Jones, and everything I read, he was one of the most impressive prospects at the camp. Seals-Jones has very good speed, but the best part of his game, in my opinion, is his ability to use his height (6'5") to go up, and get the ball. I'm eager to see more of Seals-Jones, and think he can develop into a #1 receiver eventually.
  • TE OJ Howard (Committed to Alabama)- Howard has everything you like in a tight end, good speed (4.49), size (6'6"), and great hands. He was my favorite player to watch, and read about at the camp, and in my opinion will be a great college player. Howard should definitely be the top tight end in the final 2013 class rankings, especially with Penn State commit, Adam Breneman tearing his ACL.
  • LB Mike Mitchell (Buckeye Lean)- Some of us had the pleasure of witnessing the show put on by Plano (TX) linebacker Mike Mitchell Friday night at the SPARQ competition. Mitchell won the SPARQ National Championship, while breaking the SPARQ record, by posting a SPARQ score of 154. The highlight of Mitchell's Friday night, was running a 4.39 40 yard dash to lock up the title.
  • CB Jourdan Lewis (Committed to Michigan)- I didn't see too much of Lewis, but from the little I saw of him, and all the reports I read, he impressed once again. Lewis wasn't offered by many division I programs, but he impresses at every camp he attends, and was definitely deserving of more attention in the recruiting process. The Wolverines are getting a good one in Lewis.
  • My Camp MVP: Tight End OJ Howard- Not only did Howard test well, he was one of the top players in the 7-7 portio

Comments

Seth4Bucks's picture

Thanks for the updates on how our future Buckeyes fared. I did have some questions though. 7 does not go into 150. Granted there are campers who play on the lines and I would guess don't really participate in that portion. Is inviting enough skill players to completely fill out the 7 on 7 teams on of the things they think about when inviting recruits to come? Do they just try to figure out the numbers afterwards or are there subs?