The Opening: Florida Offense Review

Here's a review of how the 14 offensive recruits from Florida did at the Opening last week.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
(QB) Sean White (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
5.05 [forty]
4.24 [shuttle]
28.6 [VJ]
It was a great few days for White. He was named the top quarterback for Elite 11 as well as The Opening tournament MVP. This is coming off an impressive IMG National Championship performance the week before in leading the South Florida Express to the title game before losing to Team Tampa. White actually got off to a slow start last Tuesday before getting things in order. In typical White/7-on fashion he was cool, accurate and very efficient. He's not the biggest quarterback and nor does he have the strongest arm but in this setting White's very good, especially when he hits his rhythm. White is going to visit Wisconsin, Auburn and South Carolina this week. He also plans on seeing Cincinnati and possibly Syracuse and West Virginia.

(RB) Dalvin Cook (Miami Central)
4.46 [forty]
4.18 [shuttle]
30.9 [VJ]
Committed to Florida
It's hard to get a good read on running backs and linebackers in this type of setting but Cook did everything you expect from him. He looked good in drills last Monday, at least in the ones he took reps in. (He and teammate Joseph Yearby skipped a few.) For the most part he caught the ball very well. He dropped a pass or two on the final day but he was fatigued along with everyone else. This is a kid really put together, especially in the upper body. Cook has great speed and is a north-south runner that doesn't mess around. Cook is a one-cut guy that can make a big play in a hurry. He also took a lot of reps at cornerback this past Wednesday and looked good on that side of the ball. There are those in south Florida that think he could have a better future on defense. We shall see.

(RB) Joseph Yearby (Miami Central)
4.58 [forty]
4.21 [shuttle]
35.6 [VJ]
Committed to Miami
Like Cook, Yearby didn't disappoint. He caught the ball very well and once he got into the open field he made a few defenders look absolutely silly in space with his elusiveness. Call me crazy but this kid has some Barry Sanders in him. Yearby possesses outstanding feet, balance and vision. While he's not the fastest back he has a great first step. Yearby can strike like a snake, plant that foot in the ground and really accelerate. This kid is special.

Note - Check out the numbers from the testing of Yearby and Cook. After watching them play you would think Yearby would post better numbers than his teammate in the short shuttle. It was the opposite, as Cook edged Yearby in the shuttle. He also posted a better number in the forty but Yearby had a better vertical.

(WR) Ermon Lane (Homestead)
4.52 [forty]
4.23 [shuttle]
34.4 [VJ]
Lane was outstanding and was like the Energizer Bunny who kept running and running. Seriously, he got better as the camp went on. Lane has good size and hands. He catches the ball very well and is a nightmare in the air. This is a physical receiver that can get behind the secondary or find openings in zone coverage. He left the great northwest making his case as the nation's top receiver in the 2014 class. He was the MVP of this group. In terms of recruiting the Gators have made a big move. It could be an in-state battle between Florida, FSU and Miami but I wouldn't sleep on Alabama. Speaking of the Crimson Tide, this kid could be Armani Cooper good when he gets to the next level.

(WR) Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach Cardinal Gibbons)
4.52 [forty]
4.4 [shuttle]
33.9 [VJ]
In a camp loaded with seven wide receivers from the Sunshine State I think Rudolph was a solid number two or three amongst his Florida peers. He did very well on Monday in the one on one session, showing the ability to get open and snatch the ball out of the air. He was a tad inconsistent in 7-on on Tuesday and Wednesday. But this is a kid that really doesn't get the recruiting respect he deserves despite his ability and offer list that includes Miami, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and many others. Look for him to visit FSU, Tennessee and Ohio State here shortly.

(WR) Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs East Lake)
4.62 [forty]
4.23 [shuttle]
33.4 [VJ]
Committed to Clemson
The Tigers got a huge commitment from Scott while at the Opening this past Tuesday. After seeing him play last spring and fall and this past spring I would have expected better testing numbers. Scott is so explosive and a great fit for Clemson's offense. He did show some big play flashes during the one on one session and 7-on competition. He just needs to be more consistent catching the ball, as he tends to drop the easy pass at times. On a side note, I would have loved to have seen him take a few reps at cornerback while at the Opening. As good of a receiver as he is he may have more upside on defense.

(WR) Johnnie Dixon (West Palm Beach Dwyer)
4.53 [forty]
4.32 [shuttle]
36.2 [VJ]
Dixon had a solid couple of days but didn't have many "wow" plays like some of the other wide receivers. As expected Dixon tested well. This is a good athlete who can catch the football and runs better than most. Miami is the team to beat with Ohio State and Florida right there. Dixon says he's open but…

(WR) JoJo Robinson (Miami Northwestern)
4.53 [forty]
4.01 [shuttle]
34.9 [VJ]
Committed to Florida State
Now here's a recruit that had a better Opening then I expected. First, Robinson tested very well. He ran 4.53 in the forty and had an outstanding short shuttle of 4.01. That was one of the best times of the field. In 7-on competition he caught a lot of short stuff and made some nice plays for his team. This is a good player and an underrated athlete. Robinson can play on either side of the ball at the next level.

(WR) Treon Harris (Miami Booker. T. Washington)
4.58 [forty]
4.16 [shuttle]
32.2 [VJ]
Committed to Florida State
Regardless of what position he played at the Opening I had very high expectations for Harris. He's a dynamic quarterback in high school that we project as a cornerback, just like his older brother (Brandon Harris). Here he played slot receiver and like Dixon was solid but unspectacular. In all fairness to Harris he's playing a new position against prospects of his equal. So it was a lot to ask.

(WR) George Campbell (Tarpon Springs East Lake)
4.36 [forty]
4.12 [shuttle]
37 [VJ]
This is one of two 2015 prospects in attendance from the state of Florida. Campbell made a big impression out of the gate, landing in the top ten for the SPARQ testing. Look at his super numbers above. Elite 11 quarterback coach Trent Dilfer called Campbell (and Josh Malone) the two best receivers at the event. Campbell made some big plays in 7-on competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a kid that can stretch the field and go over the middle. He deceptively fast and can make some acrobatic catches look easy. It's early for Campbell yet he has offers from all the Florida schools, Ohio State, Michigan and many others.

(OT) Trevor Darling (Miami Central)
6-4.5/ 327
5.73 [forty]
5.06 [shuttle]
19.3 [VJ]
Committed to Miami
Darling has been a high riser over the past year or so and he was really impressive at the Miami NFTC in March. He didn't quite hit that level at the Opening. Maybe it was the competition. He had a great one on one padded battle against Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas got him on the first rep and Darling came back and won the second. He's very good in pass pro, has great length and good feet. I think once Darling gets to the ‘Canes and they transform his body and strength he could emerge as a beast in Coral Gables.

(OG) Corey Martinez (Tampa Catholic)
6-4/ 302
5.74 [forty]
4.64 [shuttle]
22.5 [VJ]
Committed to Florida State
I think Martinez came to Beaverton and performed just as we thought. He was solid but not dominating. Martinez would lose one rep and then win the next. This kid is smart and a good competitor. He learns from his mistakes and it's tough to get him two times in a row. I love his versatility and athleticism. Look at that short shuttle time. That's terrific for an OL that's 302-pounds.

(OG) Montel McBride (Plant City)
5.61 [forty]
5.04 [shuttle]
24.9 [VJ]
Committed to Alabama
Coming in McBride was one of the least celebrated offensive line prospects in attendance at the Opening. Then he committed to the national champs and it was Roll Tide. He did well, held his own and looked better as the camp progressed. This is a big, raw athlete that has no idea what he's doing yet. McBride is nimble and agile for a 350-pound lineman and moves well in short space. He can be a little nasty in the trenches and has upside in Tuscaloosa. It will be real interesting to see the finished Alabama product in a few years. He has a high ceiling for this position.

(OG) Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg Lakewood)
5.3 [forty]
Scratch on short shuttle
26.8 [VJ]
Wynn came in a tad on the short side at under 6-foot-2. This is a young man that has slowly put on the weight and is now 270-pounds. As anticipated he did better in run blocking than pass pro. That's his game as Wynn is a mauler. He told me on Monday that he's in no hurry to make a decision. Georgia and Vandy were his front runner until Florida made a big June push when he visited Gainesville. Look for Wynn to visit the Dawgs and Commodores again this month and possibly Tennessee.

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