The Opening: Sleepers to Watch

Scout's analysts key on which sleepers from their region they expect to emerge...'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 sleeper prospect from your region is poised to breakout after their invite to The Opening?
Marcus Baugh
Scott Kennedy (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

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Ryan Jenkins
Chad Simmons (South): 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.

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Colin Spencer
Greg Powers (Midlands): 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.

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Jayme Thompson
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.

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Darren Carrington
Greg Biggins (West): 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.

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Johnny Ragin
Brandon Huffman (West): 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.

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