The Opening Orlando Regional: A Dozen Prospects Earn Invites to the Presitigous Opening Finals

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Scout takes a closer look at the 12 prospects that earned finals invites from the Opening Orlando Regional.

Finals Invites:

Lorenzo Lingard, 2018 RB, Orange City (Fla.) University

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Lingard was among the most fluid running backs during today's position drills, despite being one of the larger tailbacks in attendance, and also backed that up when navigating in the open field as a pass catcher.

He passes the eye test with an intriguing build, and performed exceptionally well on Sunday.

Elijah Moore, 2018 WR, Fort 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.

Justin Watkins, 2018 RB, Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard

Watkins is a young man that can flat-out fly down the field. He's tagged as a running back in the current 2018 rankings, but played the role of a dynamic pass catcher all afternoon. He doesn't take much off the accelerator when making sharp cuts down the field, and was certainly one of the more explosive players in attendance.

This is a well-reserved kid that doesn't say a whole lot, but the play on the field speaks for itself. This is an exciting player that can be moved all around the offense.

Joshua Moore, 2018 WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.

Moore is long and lean at 6-foot-2, 173 pounds, and plays with that suddenness at wide receiver as well. He also did a good job of extending out and catching the ball away from his body. Moore utilizes his length to his advantage, and showcased that during one-on-ones. Very consistent.

Brian Hightower, 2018 WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Hightower has to continue to work on his separation and overall explosiveness, but showed reliability and did a good job of snagging the ball in traffic. He also did a good job of making himself available by consistently utilizing his size and frame against smaller defensive backs. It was also difficult to not take notice of Hightower's body control when getting vertical.

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.

He was patient in his sets, showed improved body control and balance, and wasted no time firing off the ball.

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.

David Reese, 2018 OLB, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central

Reese is one of the more agile linebackers in the state of Florida, and that was evident after watching him sink his hips and run toe-for-toe with pass catchers during the one-on-one portion of the event. He has an intriguing frame and should really expand nicely once diving into a college strength and conditioning program as well.

In space, he showed discipline and rarely over-pursued the ball carrier in the cat-and-mouse drill. Reese was all business in Central Florida.

Amari Gainer, 2018 OLB, Tallahassee (Fla.) 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.

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.

Tyreke Johnson, 2018 CB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy

Johnson was one of the more self-assured prospects in attendance, and certainly got in the head of a flurry of receivers when participating in the one-on-one portion of the event. He flashed a whole lot of physicality when playing in press-man, and even drove some of the receivers out of bounds.

This five-star prospect played under control and rarely fell for any double moves down the field, but it was his self-assured approach and physicality at the line of scrimmage that soaked up the attention of onlookers. Johnson certainly lived up to his reputation on Sunday afternoon.

Amari Burney, 2018 ATH, Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian

Burney is a pure safety, but also showed solid one-on-one technique Sunday afternoon. He stuck to his trade whether coming downhill, when he was at his best, or even in transition and/or in trail position.

Burney played physical when needed, but always seemed to be in position no matter his role on a given play.

John Garcia, Jr. and Jacquie Franciulli contributed to this article

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