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White was the final player picked for the Elite 11 but he made the most of it. Not only did White lead his team to the 7 on 7 tournament championship, he was selected as the Elite 11 MVP by the Elite 11 staff following the event. White showed great poise, made quick decisions and was very accurate throughout the event. Don't be surprised to see a few more colleges jump on the White bandwagon following the event.
Kyle Allen, QB (6-3, 200)- Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Allen was the best offensive player in the event during the first day of pool play and lived up to his lofty reputation as the nation's top signal caller. In one of the bigger shockers of the event, his 7 on 7 team that steamrolled everyone in pool play went two and out the following day in the championship round. As a result, Allen didn't have the opportunity to shine on the big stage like White did but in terms of pocket presence, feel for the game and ability to read and react and get the ball out quickly, he had no peers in Portland.
Will Grier, QB (6-2.5, 181) – Davidson Day (N.C.)
The future Florida Gator was impressive in every aspect of this camp. He was rated the No. 3 QB in the camp by the Elite 11 staff, looked very good in the 7 on 7 portion of the event and his 3.96 shuttle time was the fastest ever by a quarterback at The Opening. Grier flashed a quick release, a smooth easy delivery and the arm strength to make any throw needed. You can make an argument that he's right behind Allen as the best quarterback prospect in the nation this year.
Joe Mixon, RB (6-1, 210) – Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Mixon was a consensus choice by the staff as the top back in the event. He plays in a ton of 7 on 7 competition back home and is a naturally gifted pass catcher so it wasn't a surprise to see him dominate the way he did. Mixon was often split out wide to take advantage of his size, speed and hands and although a top five running back nationally, Mixon showed he could easily be a nationally recruited receiver as well.
Ermon Lane, WR (6-2, 196) – Homestead (Fla.)
There isn't a consensus No. 1 receiver in the country this year but Lane made a strong case after his performance at The Opening. Lane has everything you could want in a potential No. 1 receiver- he has good size, very good speed, catches the ball and competes. He made several big plays all tournament long and was an impossible cover for every opposing corner he went up against. He clocked a 4.52-40 in the SPARQ testing as well and just had an overall great event.
Malachi Dupre, WR (6-2.5, 186) – River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
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Devante Noil, WR (5-10.5, 181) – New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Noil kicked off the week with a bang by destroying the SPARQ testing and finishing with the second highest score in the events history. He clocked a 4.40-40 but it was his 45" vertical jump that wowed everyone. He then showed he was much more than just a workout guy and was one of the most explosive receivers on the field during the first day of competition before being slowed down by a leg injury.
Josh Malone, WR (6-2, 191) – Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp
Malone is a big, smooth receiver who makes everything look easy. He has explosive speed and can make plays down the field and also runs well after the catch. For all his physical tools, Malone is also a very pure pass catcher, always uses his hands and showed off a very nice upside. If he can get more physical against press, he has a chance to be special at the next level.
Trevion Thompson, WR (6-2, 188) – Durham (N.C.) Hillside
You can make an argument that Thompson had the best day of any of the wide outs during Tuesday's pool play round. He's yet another receiver in that 6-2 mold that uses his size and strength to create easy separation. He's physical at the line and easily bullied his way past press coverage and catches everything with his hands, away from his body. He's not a burner but runs well enough and is a very good looking prospect.
Henry Mondeaux, TE (6-5, 252) – Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Mondeaux was a late addition and made the most of it with a very strong performance. He has a massive frame and was an easy target for his quarterbacks to find all tournament long. For a big man, Mondeaux runs well, has strong hands and had no problem getting open. His recruitment is still open but expect Oregon, Washington, Cal and Nebraska to be in it until the end.
Juju Smith, ATH (6-1, 206) – Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
Smith is known more locally as a hard hitting safety but he played a ton of receiver and looked very good. Smith caught the ball very well, made plays down the field and wasn't afraid to go over the middle. Smith has a big frame and uses it well and always runs faster than his 40 time as well. He's able to create separation and showed he could play on either side of the ball in college.
Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Greg Powers, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Newberg, Allen Trieu, and Chad Simmons contributed to this feature.