The Opening: Day One Recap

Louisiana native Landon Collins runs away with the SPARQ National Championship...

"The Opening" by NIKE Football
 
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  • On Day One of The Opening presented by NIKE Football, it was a chance for all 150 participants to avoid seeing a football and spend it testing in Speed, Power, Agility, Resistance and Quickness.

    The afternoon saw each positional group go through the agility shuttle, the 40-yard dash, the powerball and the vertical jump.

    The 150 participants were whittled down to a final 10, a group that included a pair of 2013 participants who will likely be back here next year.

    With NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice hosting the event, and several other NFL players like Ndumakong Suh, Joe Haden, Russell Okung, Eric Curry and Dwayne Bowe there to encourage all the participants, the final 10 went to work.

    And when it was all said and done, Geismer (La.) Dutchtown athlete Landon Collins was crowned the National Champion, scoring 143.76 to edge out 2013 prospect Altee Tenpenny from Arkansas.

    Collins set the tone early in the vertical, jumping 41.6, 43 and 43.7 and had the lead going into the 40, where he clocked a 4.45 to give him enough distance from Tenpenny. Collins also finished second in the Powerball with a 43-foot throw.

    Richardson (Texas) Pearce receiver Corey Coleman stole the show, though, in the final event, the 40, clocking consecutive 4.35's, to finish third. He also had the only sub-4.0 in the shuttle, a 3.81.

    As good as Tenpenny was, he'll have some competition in the South for best 2013 athlete over the next year from Derrick Henry, a freak of an athlete from Yulee (Fla.). The 6-3, 225-pound Henry finished fourth with a 138.51.

    Daje Johnson, who had the second best vertical of 41 (aside from Collins, the only other to break 40 inches), finished fifth with a 136.83.

    In sixth place was Miami (Fla.) Norland's Keith Brown, who logged a 124.89. 

    In seventh place was David Perkins from South Bend (Ind.) Washington.  Perkins, who wore a towel around his waist the entire event (and was encouraged before each event to take it off, which he declined), had the best powerball throw of 44 feet.

    Buford (Ga.) linebacker Dillon Lee led after the first two events before tiring in the final two and finishing eighth with a score of 123.30.

    Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods safety Alex Carter finished ninth with a 121.47 and Arlington (Texas) Bowie receiver Kolby Listenbee rounded out the top 10 with a 116.70.

    Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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