The Opening: Guys In the Trenches

Scout's analysts focus on which linemen from their region they're most looking forward to seeing...

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 on the offensive or defensive line from your region are you most excited to see on the big stage at The Opening?
Carl Lawson
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): After watching six months of shorts and t-shirt events, I'm just happy to see linemen in pads, but at 6'2.5 and 245 pounds, Auburn commit Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, Ga. is tailor made for an event like this that emphasizes quickness off the line for pass rush drills. I was also told Demarcus Walker of Jacksonville, Fla. is up to around 280 pounds, and it will be interesting to see him in action.

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Caleb Brantley
Chad Simmons (South): Ira Denson showed out at the Orlando NIKE Training Football Camp and he will have a lot of eyes on him this weekend. He is a big body who stoned Florida commitment Caleb Brantley numerous times in Orlando, but can he repeat that type of performance? Denson picked up offers after the Orlando NFTC and is now committed to FSU.

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A'Shawn Robinson
Greg Powers (Midlands): A'Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights has been one of the most impressive prospects at the DFW Nike Training Camp stop and now he will get the chance to show what he can do in pads. He is also a top end guard prospect and will likely take reps on offense as well.

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Colin McGovern
Allen Trieu (Midwest): I'm very interested to see Notre Dame commit Colin McGovern. He's a highly rated guy based on his film, which is outstanding. I saw him at the Core6 Winter Showcase, where he looked very good, but in limited reps, then those who saw him at the Champaign NIKE Camp said he was dealing with injury and didn't take many reps there either. As a result, hopefully he comes to Oregon fully healthy and we get a good look at him.

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Eddie Vanderdoes
Greg Biggins (West): Placer (Calif.) defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is my guy. I missed the NIKE Camp at Oregon and wasn't able to see the big man's dominant performance. Vanderdoes is a high motor player with size, strength and quickness and he'll have the opportunity to show he's worthy of his lofty national rating.

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Cameron Hunt
Brandon Huffman (West): One of the best linemen we saw this spring on the NFTC tour was Corona (Calif.) Centennial lineman Cameron Hunt.  He was the MVP of the Oakland NFTC lineman crop, after his teammate won it in SoCal, so he had something to prove.  Hunt is an athletic and nasty lineman, very fundamentally sound, and does a good job in both the running and passing game.  He's a guy I'm really looking forward to seeing against some of the top defensive lineman.

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