The Opening: Day Two Surprises

Here are some recruits that surprised our experts on Wednesday.

Beaverton, Oregon - One of the best things about The Opening is the gathering. It’s a three-day period where a majority of the top end talent of the class of 2015 is all out in Oregon all competing for three-days. It’s also a time when all the Scout recruiting analysts see prospects outside their respective regions for the first time. Here’s a sampling of prospects that impressed some of us.

RB Ray-Ray McCloud (Tampa Sickles)
“I'm surprised just the way Ray Ray McCloud makes so many plays from so many positions. He is deadly in space and he showed that today and he was able to stretch the field. He is strong, he showed a burst, and he is a player who will have early success in college.” Chad Simmons – South Recruiting Analyst

WR Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech)
“It’s amazing to me that this is a kid that’s a high school quarterback and he can come here and be that good as a wide receiver. He’s so quick off the line of scrimmage and looks like a guy that has played the position his entire life.” – Brian Dohn – East Recruiting Analyst

WR Trent Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart)
“Irwin was really impressive at the IMG Nationals a few weeks ago in Bradenton, Florida and he did it again today against some of the very best defensive backs in the nation. He runs well and just gets open. And then he catches everything that comes his way. He is a fantastic player.” Jamie Newberg – Florida Recruiting Analyst

WR Kirk Merritt (Destrehan, La.)
“This running back from Louisiana did everything. He’s built like a running back and can really elevates and adjust in the air as a receiver. He’s lighter than most receivers and has terrific hands, size, power and balance.” Scott Kennedy – Director of Scouting

TE C.J. Conrad (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone)
Conrad had a nice day. He's not a burner at the tight end position but he has a nice frame, long arm and soft hands. Conrad did a nice job of running routes and finding holes in the defense. - Jamie Newberg, Florida Recruiting Analyst

OL Tommy Hatton (Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph Regional)
“This is a scrappy offensive line prospect who has good technique. He is very strong at the point of attack. Hatton is a tad small but he doesn’t budge facing a bull rush. He had a very good day.” – Greg Biggins, West Recruiting Analyst

OL Fred Ulu-Perry (Honolulu, Hi./St. Louis)
“This is a powerful offensive lineman. He has a great base. Fred is so strong. He holds up against the bull rush and he has great feet to handle the speed rusher. He’s tough and very physical.” – Greg Biggins, West Recruiting Analyst

DL Rashan Gary (Paramus, N.J./ Catholic)
“Gary showed he belonged here at The Opening. This is a 2016 prospect who tested off the charts and showed that he is one of the top defensive tackles regardless of class. He’s 6-2, 287-pounds with a sub-4.4 short shuttle. Then he played as well as he tested. We may have a new No. 1 prospect in the country with this kid.” Scott Kennedy – Director of Scouting

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