Ronnie Perkins (Khanh Trieu / Scout)

Chicago Opening Regional - MVPs and Finals invites

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The MVP winners and the new additions to NIKE's The Opening Finals roster after Sunday's Chicago Regional.


QB - Quincy Patterson, Chicago Solorio
Virginia Tech commit, Patterson is a physically put-together, strong-armed quarterback who was awarded the MVP in a competitive group and earned an invitation to the Elite 11 finals in the process.

RB - Johnny Adams, Indianapolis Ben Davis
Adams tested extremely well, finishing third in the ratings and recording a 4.51 forty and 41.8-inch vertical. In addition to those testing numbers, he did well in pass-catching and blocking drills. He has several offers including SyracuseToledoWestern MichiganBall State and Central Michigan, but more schools are in contact and he may be a camp offer guy.

WR - Travion Mosby, Kirkwood (Mo.)
A surprise who emerged. 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with excellent ball skills, he has legitimate Division-1 receiver potential, but shows the possibility of those skills translating onto the defensive side of the ball as well on his film.

OL - Emil Ekiyor Jr., Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral
This was a contentious group with several players who could have claimed a stake in the award, but Ekiyor Jr., a Michigan commit, used power and strength to combat some of the camp's top defensive linemen, who quickly found out bull-rushing him was not going to be an effective option. He also tested well, finishing with the top rating out of all the offensive linemen. He earned an invite to The Opening Finals.

DL - Ronnie Perkins, St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North
Perkins, a Scout 300 and multiple offer guy, also had a talented group he had to stick out from and he did that. He showed twitch off the edge and also slide inside a couple times. He was a tough matchup for offensive linemen in 1-1s because of his ability to change directions. He was invited to The Opening Finals. Missouri, his home-state school is a leader, but Notre DameMichigan and many others recently offered.

LB -  Ovie Oghoufo, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison
Notre Dame commit, Oghoufo is long and athletic, which we knew, and that helped him in pass coverage. But it was the additional physicality and the number of reps he won in the pass rushing drills which sealed the MVP deal for him.

DB - Gregory Newsome, Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North
Newsome is a long, athletic cover guy with good ball skills. His long arms help him, but he also has good technique and fluidity. He is a safety by trade, but has good man to man skills to the point that some schools are talking about cornerback with him and we can certainly see that possibility. He said Northwestern was his leader with Iowa and others in tow.

RATINGS (DB_ - Christian Morgan, Porter (Tex.)
Morgan blew away the testing, recording a new national high in the NIKE football ratings with a nearly 43-inch vertical and a 4.5 forty. He used those physical tools to excel in drills and 1-1s as well. He has offers from BaylorNorthwestern and more.


TE - Luke Ford, Carterville (Ill.)
While he was not actually named an MVP, we could make the case that Ford was the most impressive player in attendance. The Arkansas commit used his 6-foot-7 frame to win in contested situations catching the ball, but he was also very physical in blocking drills where we do not recall him losing a rep.

CB - Kalon Gervin, Detroit Cass Tech
Notre Dame commit, Gervin ran a 4.41 forty and then had a good showing in drills in 1-1s, breaking up several passes and providing tight coverage on others. He is always competitive and productive in these settings and is now off to Oregon.

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