The Opening Preview: East

A look at the 16 players from the East Region set to compete at The Opening in a few weeks, and where each player's recruitment stands.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
The 163-person field for The Opening is now set, and the East Region is well represented not only in committed players, but also a number of high-profile prospect who are yet to make college decisions. Here is a look at each of the 16 players in the East Region heading to The Opening (June 30-July 3 in Beaverton, Ore.) and were his recruitment stands:
Quinn Blanding, S, Bayside High, Virginia Beach, Va.
Skinny: Five-star has been committed to Virginia for months and remains solid with the Cavaliers.

Andrew Brown, DT, Oscar Smith High, Chesapeake, Va.
Skinny: Five-star is considering Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Clemson, and will make his decision Saturday.

Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Woodbridge (Va.) High
Skinny: Nation's No. 2 player is focused on Florida, Michigan and Alabama, and said LSU and USC have chances. Hand said he could decide at any time, but there is no definitive date for an announcement.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
Skinny: Lone class of 2015 prospect from the region already has double-digit offers.

Andrew Ford, QB, Cedar Cliff High, Camp Hill, Pa.
Skinny: Lefty is also the lone member of the region participating in Elite 11 finals. He committed to Virginia Tech during the weekend.

Thomas Holley, DT, Abraham Lincoln High, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Skinny: Holley visited Florida, Florida State and Miami earlier this month and went to Notre Dame and Ohio State last weekend. He could make a return trip to Rutgers and on to Syracuse in the coming weeks.

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Lake Taylor High, Norfolk, Va.
Skinny: Holmes was eyeing a July visit to Florida State but instead went ahead and committed to Ohio State.

Shai McKenzie, RB, Washington (Pa.) High
Skinny: The four-star prospect recently named a top five, in order, of Florida State, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Arkansas.

Quenton Nelson, OT, Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High
Skinny:Notre Dame commit was dominant during the Nike camp in North Jersey and can play guard or tackle in college.

Montae Nicholson, S, Gateyway High, Monroeville, Pa.
Skinny: Nicholson is being recruited as a safety but is making a name for himself as a receiver on the camp scene. He has made visits to the local schools like Penn State and Pittsburgh and is trying to schedule visits outside of the region. He plans to trim his list by the end of the summer.

Damian Prince, OT, Bishop McNamara High, Forestville, Md.
Skinny: Four-star prospect has Maryland, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, North Carolina and Rutgers on his list, but he doesn't want to make a decision until signing day.

C.J. Reavis, DB, Thomas Dale High, Chester, Va.
Skinny: Reavis is more safety than cornerback and is committed to Virginia Tech.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Erasmus Hall High, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Skinny: Samuel, who also plays cornerback and running back, is heading to the event as a receiver. He has a top five of Alabama, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Miami an Ohio State but does not have any summer visits set.

M.J. Stewart, CB, Yorktown High, Arlington, Va.
Skinny: Stewart wants to play cornerback in college, and is down to Virginia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State.

Jalen Tabor, CB, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, D.C.
Skinny: Tabor has a top four of Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Vanderbilt, and said recently he will enroll in a college in January. He is yet to set any official visits, but was at Maryland on Monday.

Troy Vincent Jr., CB, The Gilman School, Balitmore
Skinny: Vincent Jr. looked to be close to a decision a month ago but is taking more time. Penn State, Maryland, Georgia Tech and North Carolina remain in the mix.

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