The Opening: Wednesday's 7-on-7 Stars

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With Wednesday's being the first day of 7-on-7 action at The Opening, the team saw some big-time moments and big plays.

Day Two of the The Opening meant it was time for 7-on-7action, and with six teams and more than 100 competitors, there were plenty of standouts and superlatives.

In looking at some of the moments and top performers, here is a compilation from the team:

  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback and UCLA commit Josh Rosen had a great day throwing the ball and makes the game look so easy. He has an effortless release and throws with great touch and accuracy. He throws on time and anticipates his throws very well and was as accurate as anyone we saw.

  • Newhall (Calif.) Hall receiver Trent Irwin- Irwin catches everything, runs great routes and was virtually uncoverable all day. At 6-2, he has a solid frame, runs better than given credit for and has an incredible feel for the position and knows how to get open.

  • Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake receiver George Campbell really caught the ball well. He caught a huge pass to win a game for his team where he went up over two defensive backs. Campbell is an elite athlete and he has put a lot of work in at receiver and it is showing. The feeling is Campbell will have his hot and cold moments in college. He's going to make the spectacular play, and he's going to drop a lot of easy ones.

  • Newhall Hart quarterback Brady White was on the mark, especially early in the day. He was spinning it to perfection, throwing beautiful passes, especially on deep routes. White looks very comfortable in this setting.

  • LaGrange (Ohio) Keystone tight end C.J. 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.

  • Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood receiver Van Jefferson is a 6-foot-2 wide receiver that made some big plays. He has good speed and length and showed he can climb the later and get the football.

  • Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith showed his ability despite 7-on-7s being tough on the linebackers. Smith looks very comfortable in coverage. He had several pass breakups and showed some good athleticism.

  • Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Tarvarus McFadden was tough and physical. He has cornerback skills in a safety body and can really play the position. He made several nice breakups in coverage.

  • It is easy to pick quarterbacks in the 7v7 competition because they are the guys relied on to make the plays and Stephenville (Texas) High’s Jarrett Stidham made a ton of them. He has a high quality arm with the strength to make all of the throws. I loved the way that he was able to work the middle of the field fearlessly, hooking up often with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman receiver Cordell Broadus.

  • The saying is that big-time players make plays in the big-time games and when the spotlight was on Allen (Texas) High quarterback Kyler Murray stepped up in overtime to throw a game winning touchdown on the first play of the overtime period to lead Vapor Carbon to a big win.

  • Whitehouse (Texas) High safety Justin Dunning had two interceptions and looked tremendous in coverage in each and every game. Texas A&M is getting a great free safety-style player with the frame and size of a linebacker.

  • Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson stood out not only physically but also made big plays, as he had two interceptions that he returned for touchdowns. He was able to get to the sideline in coverage late in a long day, and twice chased down a player from behind to down him.

  • This event is built for quick and fast wide receiver types, and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguro receiver Christian Kirk holds up his end of that each time out. He was often in the end zone on day one, separating underneath and fining holes down the field for bigger gains. There may not be a wideout with a better overall feel for this type of wide open atmosphere.

  • Tampa Tech receiver Deon Cain made plays all over the field as he got off the line of scrimmage well, but he did his best by beating a jam at the line of scrimmage and getting open in the corner of the end zone for a game-winning catch in overtime.

  • Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett was consistent much of the day, and he was patient in waiting for routes to open up and not force passes.

  • Orlando Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick stood out because of his size and speed, and on the last play of one game he killed the clock by taking a handoff, heading up the middle and easily outrunning a linebacker to the edge.

  • Cocunut Creek (Fla.) Monarch receiver Calvin Ridley was smooth getting off the line of scrimmage, and his quickness in the slot and ability to hit another gear down the field made him tough to cover.

  • Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy receiver Preston Williams made an impact without catch the ball in one stretch. On two straight plays he was able to get a pass interference call, and then a third play resulted in a triple team as he was clean getting off the line of scrimmage.’s Greg Powers, Chad Simmons, Jamie Newberg, Allen Treiu, Brandon Huffman, Scott Kennedy, Brian Dohn and John Garcia contributed to this report

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