The Opening: Huffman's Recruiting Notebook

A look at some of the recruiting news and notes from Day Two of The Opening...'s complete coverage of Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
The second day of The Opening got underway on Tuesday with the lineman challenge and the Nike 7on.

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker.

Baker Has Top Five

Bellevue (Wash.) safety Budda Baker is focusing on five schools right now, but was quick to say there is no order.

"My top five is Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Notre Dame,in no order," said Baker.  "I'll announce either at the U.S. Army Bowl or after my season."

Baker camped at Arizona State and Washington and also visited Oregon when he was in town for the Oregon NFTC.

He's planning to get to UCLA this summer to visit unofficially and see friend and former teammate Myles Jack, now a freshman with the Bruins.

Baker came to The Opening as an athlete and was playing both receiver and safety in the 7on7 portion of the event.

"They want me to play safety and receiver so that's going to be fun," said Baker.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Adoree Jackson.

Adoree Wants Offense

Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson is the West's top prospect, and while he's ranked as a cornerback, receiver is where he wants to play at the next level.

"I've been playing receiver for all the camps I go to," said Jackson.  "I feel like I'm one of the top receivers in the nation.  I'm telling the coaches recruiting me, I'm a receiver."

And there are plenty of schools recruiting him and saying they're more than fine with offense.

"It's still the same top ten for me," said Jackson.  "Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC."

Jackson said he'll narrow it down to the five schools he'll visit and have a top seven.

"Maybe before the season, maybe in August some time, I'll narrow it down," said Jackson.  "I'm going to end up having a top seven, the five schools I'm going to visit and then UCLA and USC.  I'm not going to visit them officially though." 

Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick.

Quick In No hurry

Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Michiah Quick, the nation's top-ranked receiver, has offers from coast to coast.

Quick has seven schools he's still considering.

"It's like a top seven, in no order, of Notre Dame, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Washington and Cal," said Quick.

He was planning to camp at Washington, but he's hoping to graduate early, so he's in summer school.

"I've been up to Washington before and I may still try and go up there again," said Quick.  "I know I'm going to get back down to USC and UCLA to visit again before summer's over.  And I know I'm going out to Alabama and Oklahoma this summer."

Quick said he's planning to visit five schools officially, but doesn't have any set yet.

"It's looking more towards Signing Day when I'll announce," said Quick.

New Cal commit Jaleel Wadood.

Wadood Makes His Decision

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Jaleel Wadood decommitted from Arizona State last week.

It didn't take him long to make the decision on where he wanted to go, though.

California, which had offered Wadood a long time ago, and has former Braves receiver Bryce Treggs on the team, got his verbal on Tuesday night.

"Since I took my visit to Cal, I've been 100% but UCLA recruiting me hard right until the end," said Wadood.  "The difference was Coach (Sonny) Dykes recruited me personally to Cal and they weren't rushing me for a commitment."

It's the third year in a row that the Bears have received a verbal at The Opening.

His teammate, Naijiel Hale, committed to Arizona.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams.

Dwight's Sweet Sixteen

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams had narrowed his list to 16, and while it's still at 16, there is one newer team in and one out..

"It's still 16 schools," said Williams.  "I eliminated USC and put Stanford in there.  I'm not sure when I'll name a top ten."

Arizona State, Boise State, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington are the 16 schools on Williams' list.

"I'm not sure where I'll take my visits to," said Williams.  "When you take an official visit to a school, it shows a lot of interest in that school, so I am taking them to the places I am most interested in.  I am going to take all of them and I'll announce at the Army Bowl."

Williams was happy with his performance in the early going of The Opening.

"I felt it was alright," said Williams.  "I'm never too satisfied and there are still a couple of things to work on."

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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