BEAVERTON, Ore. - Some of the top prospects out of the Southeast are currently in Oregon for the The Opening and here are some day one notes on some of those prospects right here.
The start of the day was not good for two of the top prospects in the country, Reuben Foster and Vernon Hargreaves III. Both went down with injuries and neither returned on Friday. Foster went down with a hamstring pull while running the 40 yard dash and Hargreaves rolled his ankle while running the short shuttle. Both are taking it day to day.
Ole Miss commitment Mark Dodson out of Whitehaven in Memphis High School had a strong day one when they got into the camp setting. Dodson is perfect for this seting due to his speed and elusiveness. He caught the ball well and he made quick decisions in space which made him tough to touch at times.
Jeryl Brazil showed the speed Scout likes when he ran a 4.32 in the 40 yard dash on Friday. He had a good build, he is a physical player, and he has a lot of speed. LSU fans are going to enjoy watching him in the coming years.
Milton, Fla. wide receiver Isaiah Jones committed to Florida State on Friday. He chose the Seminoles over the Auburn Tigers and the 'Noles are getting a good one in this four-star wideout. He is long, he is stronger than he looks, and he is getting good separation out in Oregon early on.
Florida has a total of seven commitments on hand and we will get a better look at the linemen on day two when the pads go on, but one that jumped out on day one was Kelvin Taylor. He is built so low and compact to the ground with quick feet, great balance, and soft hands. Only two things come to mind when questioning his long-term success - top end speed and durability down the road. He has been used a lot in high school and I expect Florida to use him a lot in Gainesville. If he does not become the featured back in the Gator offense as a true freshman at some point, I will be very surprised. He is currently ranked no. 59 in the country and I see him moving up a little more after this event.
There are not a lot of tight ends at The Opening, but two of the top four in the South are here. O.J. Howard is the top tight end out of this region and he has shown why early. Howard is very athletic, he catches the ball naturally, and he is going to be a big weapon at Alabama. McNeil is very athletic, but not quite the prospect Howard is right now. He doesn't catch the ball quite as well, he is not as strong, and is still very raw, but he has a lot of upside.
When all is said and done, there may be two Jalen's in the Scout300 out of Tennessee. Jalen Ramsey is already in there and Jalen Reeves-Maybin may be joining him. Reeves-Maybin is such an athlete and he is being recruited to play multiple positions. Scout has him ranked at safety now, but he could be an outside linebacker on the next level too. He worked out at linebacker on day one and he is someone I look forward to watched throughout the remainder of the event.
The quarterback pool is a strong one at The Opening and one of the best on day one came out of the Southeast. Brice Ramsey, a Georgia commitment really spinned the ball well and got the ball out very quickly. Christian Hackenburg (Penn State commitment) and Ramsey were the two that separated themselves on Friday and we will see if that trend continues the next two days. Ramsey is currently ranked no. 67 in the country.
Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.