Xavier Thomas (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Scout runs down the prospects named MVP following The Opening Orlando

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Scout looks at the prospects selected for positional MVP following The Opening Orlando on Sunday.

The following MVPs from The Opening Orlando were selected by Student Sports. 

Quarterback

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Justin Fields, 2018 QB, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison

The blue-chip Penn State commitment spun the ball with power and consistency on this day. He anticipaed breaks well and knew when to take something off of the ball when necessary. Fields threw well on the move in drills and saw the same success in the one-on-one portion and seven-on-seven portion of the camp. He had perhaps the best showcase run of the five quarterbacks selected, completing more passes than not en route to not only the MVP award, but also a coveted invitation to the Elite 11 Finals in the process. He is just the second arm to earn the honor through two The Opening regional camps. Fields turned heads early in the day with a 4.51 40-yard dash at just over 220 pounds, too.

Running Back

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Trilion Coles, 2018 RB, Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore

Somewhat of a surprise considering how stacked the running back group at this event was, Coles flashed his quickness and speed early and often all day long. He doesn't slow down much in making cuts and he made some of the smoother transitions among the talented field of tailbacks in the process. Catching the ball well out of the backfield, few linebackers had success in any setting versus the local product. 

Wide Receiver

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Elijah Moore, 2018 WR, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

This slippery pass catcher was a headache to contain all afternoon. He impressed with his crisp route-running ability and did a great job of sticking his foot in the dirt to create separation. Moore has the ability to make defenders look silly in a hurry, and that was on display Sunday afternoon. Moore excels in this type of setting.

Offensive Line

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Reuben Unije, 2018 OT, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

This Scout 300 prospect had one of his better outings on Sunday. He did a nice job of sliding his feet and mirroring defensive ends in one-on-ones, and was one of the more fluid linemen on either side of the ball. Unije was patient in his sets, showed improved body control and balance while also moving quick off the ball. Rutgers offered following the performance Sunday.

Defensive Line

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Xavier Thomas, 2018 DE, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

The highest-ranked class of 2018 prospect coming into the event, Thomas backed it up and then some on nearly every rep. He is built as compact as any elite defensive end in America, but he didn't simply use speed to win reps. He showcased well above-average power, hand-technique and counter moves en route to the quarterback. Thomas was seldom slowed, especially during a stretch to close out the camp in which he clearly won about a half-dozen reps in a row. The five-star was a runaway selection and also earned an invitation to The Opening Finals this summer. 

Linebacker

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Amari Gainer, 2018 LB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lawton Chiles

Not only was Gainer one of the more talked about defenders on the hoof early in the day and through testing, but he proved to be one of the best in any setting Sunday. He was among the most fluid in position drills and was perhaps easily the top run-stopper during cat-and-mouse drills during the competition phase of the event. Gainer gets downhill quickly, but does so with good control, seldom overplaying the angle. He redirected very well and used his length to eliminate space against the run and the pass. His efforts earned him a ticket to The Opening Finals in July.

Defensive Back

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Bookie Radley-Hiles, 2018 CB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Aiming to win DB MVP and punch his ticket to The Opening Finals in the process, the blue-chip California native accomplished both on Sunday. Radley-Hiles made plays no matter where he was lined up in the secondary, as a traditional cornerback, in the slot or deep as a safety. He often got his hands on the football despite being the smallest prospect on the field more times than not, using great anticipation and breaks on the ball to get the job done. Radley-Hiles showed good technique on the edge along with great feel when able to roam, seemingly getting stronger as the event progressed. 

Nike Rating Champion

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Javian Hawkins, 2018 WR, Cocoa (Fla.)

A state champion wide receiver, Hawkins looked like a track star early on this day and in testing. After blazing a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash, he backed it up in the fastest man race in taking that crown as well. The 40 time is the fastest of the year thus far, per Student Sports, but it wasn't Hawkins' only triumph. His overall Nike Rating came in at 130.26 because of his speed, 40-plus inch vertical leap, sub 4-second short shuttle and above-average powerball toss. Boston College offered Hawkins following the event. 

Scout's Corey Bender and Jacquie Franciulli contributed to this report. 


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