Four Days in Oregon: 11W is at The Opening

By Ramzy Nasrallah on July 5, 2014 at 9:45p
Justin Hilliard

Five-star Ohio State 2015 commit Justin Hilliard (St. Xavier HS, Cincinnati) will be at The Opening.


Nike HQ is the center of the football recruiting universe this week.

That's because The Opening kicks off this week. It's the top 162 high school seniors as identified by Student Sports participating in training, coaching and competitions. Several Ohio State commitments and targets will be in attendance

The official roster of attending players is here and the team rosters by position are hereQBs will be participating in the Elite 11 Finals that runs in parallel to The Opening.

Here is a highlight video of all of them - set to Casio keyboard hip-hop beat (adjust volume accordingly):

Eleven Warriors sent our Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham to Oregon to cover and report everything you know you want to know and a few things you don't know you want yet. Among the things Birm has planned during The Opening:

  • Focus on Buckeye targets Damien Harris, Matt Burrell, Josh Sweat, Neville Gallimore & Christian Kirk
  • Frequent Twitter updates
  • Easily-consumable Vines
  • Instagram pics

You can follow Birm's Twitter here, his Vine here and his Instagram here.

Let's check in with his Instagram and see if he's already picked up any hot recruiti-


Well, drills don't begin until tomorrow. Perhaps he's gotten a jump on the players at registra-


Birm will be clear-eyed, lucid, energetic and ready tomorrow morning when The Opening begins. He's a professional. That's why he's there.

Stay tuned to Eleven Warriors for recruiting updates, non-recruiting updates, items to help your offseason progress faster and less painfully and - through Thursday - absolutely everything going down at The Opening.


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DJ Byrnes's picture

Lord of Whispers!!!

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Damonbuckeye's picture

It's about to go down for the Ohio State..

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Never had a work assignment as badass as that before. Fly across the country for spirits, football, crootin and spirits. I'm in the wrong line of work :)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Sucks for me - I am vacationing through tomorrow only about 45 minutes north from the Opening. I'll have to plan a little better next year dag-nabit.

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ODEEZ330's picture

Hopefully some one posts all birms twitter ig and vine updates here for those of us who don't have those

stark county football

rdubs's picture
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toad1204's picture


Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

TBDBITL0509's picture

Probably not all at once. We have a great whiskey bar in Denver that will carry (and list) Pappy on the menu. I always ask about availability across the line, but the hit rate is about 25%. If something's available, it's generally not what I want. 

countrybuckeye's picture

Oh my.  Geebus.  I <3 dat spirit.  

"Momma told me there would be days like this."

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

of course Ramzy was the first to like the pics with alcohol in them

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Have a few Birm. You deserve it. 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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MN Buckeye's picture

Glad to see that Jeremy has already made a few friends and important contacts.

BeijingBucks's picture

nice prices...

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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qaid's picture

I live in Oregon now.

I love the beer here. Definitely check out Deschutes beer when you can. Black Butte and Mirror Pond are the top two

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cinserious's picture

We've had Deschutes beer in Ohio for almost a year now. I haven't tried it yet though.

A friend of mine travels to the Deschutes river every year to fly fish. He says its the best ever. 

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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Young_Turk's picture

It's the only way to fly, ha ha ha.


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buckeyedude's picture

Great movie. I think I was 9 years old in '73 when that movie came out. Jim Backus, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett(RIP-all of you). They just don't make Hollywood movie stars like that anymore.



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oregonianbuckeye's picture

Birm- Having grown up in Beaverton, here is a list of things to do.

1) Go to at least one McMenianims. They buy old buildings and turn them into microbrews. There is an old school, a few old houses, an old theatre, and some that are more traditional bars. Great beer. I like the Hammerhead and the Terminator Stout.

2) For happy hour, go to Portland City Grill for the view, or Henry's on Burnside.

3) If you want to have a nicer dinner, go to Higgins or Ringside, which is a Steakhouse.

4) If you are a nerd like me, go to Powell's downtown. It is the largest used bookstore in the world.

5) Voodoo doughnuts is great too, just know that it always has a substantial line.

6) If you have a half day, go to Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, Wine tasting (the Pinots are amazing), Silver Falls, or the coast. 

Let me know if you have any questions about that area. Having spent over 20 years there, I will be your virtual guide.


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KingKosar's picture

For a great steak, don't forget about El Gouge-o's El Gaucho's!  

For a great spot at the coast, we loved to take the family to Seaside (great shops and beautiful beach.)  What was your favorite location on the coast, Oregonian?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Tough because there are so many. Seaside is nice for families and I agree that the beach and shops are great, but is a bit touristy for me. Cannon Beach (just south of Seaside) is one of the beaches I like best (and has Haystack Rock from the Goonies). Tillamook is nice for the ice cream and cheese, Newport if you are looking for wildlife (tide pools and sea lions), and Lincoln City if you are looking for gambling. Regardless of which beach town you go to, driving down 101 along the coast is something everyone should do.

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KingKosar's picture

Totally agree, the 101 is an amazing drive.  Don't forget about Astoria, though.  The bridges and the views of the mouth of the Columbia River are amazing, not to mention some fantastic places to eat.

I really loved Tillamook also.  (The creamery has amazing ice cream.)  We drove through there on our way to Rockaway Beach, which is another one of my favorites.  The only downside of Tillamook was the constant manure smell.  Gotta love dairy country! haha

Knarcisi's picture

Birm, it's 9:30 am there. You're not drinking yet, are you???

DMcDougal24's picture

This was great lol. 

Here's an update from Birm at Elite11. 

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article!  Makes me want to go get a beer!  What's better than that!

Go Bucks!!

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RRbuckeye77's picture

Two beers!