Scout's analysts key on which sleepers from their region they expect to emerge...
The Scout.com 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.
- Which sleeper prospect from your region is poised to
breakout after their invite to The Opening?
(Director of Scouting):
It's hard to call anyone at this event a sleeper, but I'm not sure most of the country knows just how good Ohio State commitment Marcus Baugh really is. He's a huge target at 6'4/230+ and should be a big part of whichever team he ends up playing for at The Opening
Ryan Jenkins is a very good wide receiver that is quick, strong, and elusive. He may not be 6-feet 2-inches tall, but he makes a lot of plays. He is explosive in and out of his breaks and I have high expectations for him this week in Oregon. I would be a little surprised if he does not put on a show out there.
Kansas commitment Colin Spencer has put up some eye popping Sparq numbers and should be in the mix to capture the national title. At the Houston NFSC he posted a 141.42 Sparq rating earning him a spot at The Opening. The speed demon has already made a commitment to play for Charlie Weis at Kansas.
Allen Trieu (Midwest): There are a couple of committed guys in line to
potentially move up with a good showing. I think the guy with the best chance
may be Ohio State commit Jayme Thompson. He had a very good performance at the
Columbus NIKE Camp, showing he could play cornerback as well as his natural
position of safety. Another showing like that one against the nation's best will
continue to move his stock up. The same goes for Michigan commit Taco Charlton,
who did well at not just one, but two NIKE Camps, the one in Los Angeles and the
one in Columbus.
San Diego (Calif.) Horizon receiver Darren Carrington would be my pick. It's tough to call Carrington a sleeper with the offer list he has and being a commitment to a national power like Oregon. Despite that, Carrington doesn't get a lot of national mention nationally and doesn't appear in any of the national top 100 lists. He's an incredibly gifted player who has the size, hands and athleticism to dominate an event like The Opening and it wouldn't surprise me if ends up one of the top receivers in this event.
Not too far from Beaverton is Wilsonville (Ore.), where linebacker Johnny Ragin
preps. Ragin was the LB MVP at the Oregon NFTC and had the highest SPARQ
rating in Portland, and he's more than earned his way to The Opening. His
recruitment has been a little slow, only BYU and Portland State have offered,
but Ragin, a 6-3, 200-pounder with a 4.0 GPA, should really blossom this fall.
And this week in Beaverton, in his backyard, should give him the nice start to
his senior year.