The Opening: Out-of-Region Anticipation

Scout's National Recruiting Analysts preview which players from outside their region they look forward to seeing at The Opening this week in Beaverton...'s complete coverage of The Opening 2012 presented by NIKE
The national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters. Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 150 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.

  1. Which prospect from outside of your region are you most excited to see?
Vernon Hargreaves III
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): I just watched Vernon Hargreaves III for two days at the IMG 7v7 National Championship, and I'm ready to see more. I watched three games of him last year and was critical of his open field tackling, or lack thereof, but from a coverage perspective, he's as good as it gets. He gets a quick punch at the line of scrimmage to throw a receiver off balance, and he can turn and run with the fastest receivers. He has terrific instincts and will break off of his coverage to make a break on another receiver's route.

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Cooper Bateman
Chad Simmons (South): For me, it's Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood quarterback Cooper Bateman.  Being from the South, I have heard a lot of buzz down here about him since he committed to Alabama.  I know Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins are high on him, so I am interested in seeing what the Crimson Tide are getting in him.

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Ty Isaac
Greg Powers (Midlands): I doubt the debate for who is the country's No. 1 running back will be decided in a camp, but a number of the top-rated backs will be in attendance standing side-by-side, and I can not help but get excited to see Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy's Ty Isaac, who currently sits at the top of the FOX Sports NEXT rankings. He is listed at a massive 6'2, 220 and could be the next national star in the backfield for USC.

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Sebastian LaRue
Allen Trieu (Midwest): I had a chance to see USC commit Sebastian LaRue at the US Army Combine and I thought he was outstanding there. I also had an opportunity to see his film afterwards he's an electric, exciting player that I want to see out in Oregon. Specifically, I want to see what happens when bigger, stronger defensive backs try to get physical with him.

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Ricky Seals-Jones
Greg Biggins (West): I'm looking forward to seeing Sealy (Texas) receiver Ricky Seals-Jones.  He is currently rated the No. 2 receiver in the nation and has drawn all sorts of comparison's to all the elite ‘big' receivers out there including Calvin Johnson. There are big expectations for the athlete to perform at a high level on such a big stage and it will be exciting to see if Seals-Jones can live up to the hype.

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Vernon Hargreaves III
Brandon Huffman (West): With a deep year for cornerbacks out West, it's a cornerback from Florida that I'm most anxious to see in Vernon Hargreaves III, our top cornerback in the class of 2013.  Last weekend, it felt like every time I checked my Twitter, Scott Kennedy was tweeting about Hargreaves' performance at the IMG 7v7 Championships.  Hargreaves is the gold standard nationally and I look forward to seeing him against the talented crop of receivers expected.

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