WR Calvin Ridley - The Alabama commitment was the no-brainer pick of the day with his consistency at separating from the defender, breakaway speed and route-running ability. Those who didn't watch Ridley were sure to hear about him after he hauled in a one-handed catch near the end of the one-on-one period, which produced plenty of chatter from onlookers.
WR Terry Godwin - The UGA pledge played a little defense as well, but he really shined offensively. We knew he could get down the field and/or beat defenders with quickness, but he showed physicality and fight for 50/50 balls that suggests he's stronger than his frame suggests as well. Simply scary.
QB Drew Lock - Missouri commitment Drew Lock out of Lee’s Summit, Mo. was arguably the top quarterback on the day in the limited throws they had. Lock is a long, lean quarterback who has yet to fill out his frame and will only continue to get stronger. He’s an excellent athlete who gets rid of the ball quickly and was delivering the deep out route with good velocity and location.
RB Sotonye Jamabo - He’s big and long at 6-foot-2, 206-pounds. At an event like this you can’t see his power but he did show very good quickness, speed and agility for a bigger back. He’s runs upright and has short, choppy steps. But he keeps his balance and has deceptive moves in tight areas. I also thought he showed a good burst of speed when he needed it and caught the ball very well. He’s the nation’s No. 2 rated running back by Scout.
RB Damien Harris - The top ranked running back on Scout is Harris. Harris is strong and compact at 5-foot-11, 198-pounds. He’s very quick and very explosive. Harris showed excellent speed and the ability to start and stop and then accelerate. He stood out during the early drills and also caught the ball well.
RB Jordan Scarlett - Florida is well represented here at The Opening. Scarlett had the best day of the five. He looks quicker and faster than he did at the end of last season. He’s probably the best built kid here at the running back position, drawing comparisons of Trent Richardson at the same stage in terms of how his body is developed at the same stage. What you can’t see here is how powerful and strong of a runner Scarlett really is. But he did show some surprising short area quickness in the one on one run drills versus the linebackers.
OL Tommy Hatton - Tommy Hatton twice was bull-rushed, held his ground, and ended up with pancakes on both the reps. He has great strength, footwork and uses his hands well. But to stand up in the face of that type of pressure from the top guys in the country is quite impressive.
OL Fred Ulu-Perry - Ulu-Perry lost one rep, the very first one of the one-on-one competition and then he went on to win every rep after. He does a great job of locking in on his defender, playing low, and ending the play. He is a finisher.
WR Christian Kirk - Christian Kirk, who is one of two players at this year's event who attended The Opening last year, had a strong day catching the football. Kirk has a powerful body, measuring in at 5-foot-10, 191 pounds and clocked a 4.47-40 during the SPARQ testing portion of the camp. He showed very good quickness getting in and out his breaks, was tough to jam at the line and caught everything thrown in his direction.
QB Jarrett Stidham – After standing out at the Elite 11 for two days Stidham did not disappoint in the Nike Training portion of the event. He threw the deep ball extremely well and according to National Analyst Chad Simmons had the throw of the day on a 30-yard go route, laying the ball perfectly in the receiver’s hands down the sideline.
Drew Lock Junior Highlights
Scott Kennedy, Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins, John Garcia, Brian Dohn, Allen Trieu, Chad Simmons, Jamie Newberg contributed to this report.
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