The Opening: Five Questions in South

What are some of the more interesting storylines out of the southeast heading into The Opening 2013? We take a look at five questions here...

Close to 70 of the top prospects in the southeast will be arriving in Oregon this weekend to compete at The Opening.

We will see new things in these prospects, we will see them against great competition, and we will see some prospects perform to the level we expected, some higher, and some may not play up to their ranking.

We take a look at five intriguing questions entering this event here:

Who will be the top running back at The Opening?

Will is be Leonard Fournette, not only the top running back in the country, but the top prospect in the country. Is the 6-foot-2, 227 pound back out of New Orleans, La. made for this time of event? Some may think not.

Dalvin Cook is an elite athlete.
Racean Thomas could be the guy this weekend. He is used to competing in 7v7s, he is a great pass-catcher, and he has speed to do real damage in this type of setting. He is another five-star, like Fournette, and he is currently the No. 3 running back in America.

Others that could really shine here are Florida commitment Dalvin Cook, Miami commitment Joseph Yearby, and Derrell Scott because of their receiving skills, quickness in space, and elusiveness.

Other running backs to keep an eye on are Nick Chubb (Georgia commitment), Elijah Hood (Notre Dame commitment), and Jalen Hurd (Tennessee commitment).

Who will Leave as the Top Receiver?

Five out of the top 10 wide receivers and four of the top six will be competing in Beaverton next week.

Will the rankings see a change after watching this group compete for four days?

Entering this competition, Malachi Dupre is on top. He is a five-star out of Louisiana with size, hands, speed, and athleticism. He is very good now and he still has so much room to improve.

Ermon Lane from Florida is looking over Dupre's shoulder. Lane is a physical wideout who can be as good as he wants to me. He may be raw, but he has all the tools you look for in a No. 1 wideout.

The next two are Trevion Thompson out of North Carolina and Josh Malone out of Tennessee. Each is an elite wideout and both have many attributes you look for. He has a chance to really showcase his skills in Beaverton. Thompson and Malone have similarities and we will see if one separates themselves this week.

Other wideouts to keep an eye on are Braxton Berrios, George Campbell (2015), Johnnie Dixon, Corey Holmes, Travis Rudolph, Artavis Scott, Davonte Noil, and De'Andre Thompkins.

Could Robinson challenge for No. 1 in America?
How Good will the Top OL in America be?

This is a new Cameron Robinson.

He played at around 330 pounds in 2012 and he played this spring between 310-315 pounds. He is usually a quiet young man that lets his actions speak for him, but he let out a few screams during his spring game last month in front of Scout.

Robinson will be ready to prove he deserves his ranking.

"I plan to go in and compete as the top offensive lineman and leave as the same," Robinson said. "I want to learn, but I want to compete against the best and show why I am considered the best offensive lineman in the country."

The Monroe (La.) West Monroe star is excited about the opportunity to showcase his ability and Scout expects him to live up to his ranking.

Which three-star will push for a fourth?

There are plenty of talented three-star prospects competing at The Opening and we will highlight five to keep a close eye on.

  • Kevin Crosby is an inside linebacker on Scout, but is he an even better tight end? We had Travis Johnson in 2013 who may not have looked the part, but he knew how to make plays. Could Crosby be that guy in 2014?

  • Johnnie Dixon is a strong and physical wideout. Can he be that one or two receiver on the next level? Is he a slot receiver all the way? He is knocking on the door right now, so will he get into the Scout 300 after The Opening?

    Will Grier is the top QB in the southeast.
  • Bijhon Jackson is a big body who could play nose guard, defensive tackle, or offensive guard on the next level. The Arkansas commitment is likely destined for the defensive line. Scout will have our eye on him all week.

  • Travis Rudolph is another Florida wide receiver with great talent. He has good speed, good size, and he can make plays after the catch. He is one that could have a big week.

  • De'Andre Thompkins is a Penn State commitment some may have forgotten about. He is an explosive athlete and he could be a receiver or corner on the next level. He is from the small town of Swansboro, N.C., but he will be on the big stage in Beaverton.

    Do not sleep on a prospect like Montel McBride either.

    A Quarterback Race?

    Two of the top four quarterbacks in the southeast will be at The Opening and all three will compete at the Elite 11.

    Will Grier (Florida commitment), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) commitment, and Jacob Park (Georgia commitment) in that order are the top four in this region. Could that change after these two events?


    All four are very talented, but this quartet will have a lot of eyes on them in Beaverton. We will be able to disect them as a group, compare them, and figure out the proper order entering the season.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
    Could the rankings stay the same?


    The group is good, each has been seen by multiple Scout analysts live already, and all are locked in as part of the Scout 300.

    Harris and Park have really closed the gap on the No. 2-4 signal callers in the southeast and this is a position we will really play close attention to.

    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.
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