The Opening: Top Regional Storylines

Scout's national recruiting analysts key on which top storyline from their region they're focusing on at The Opening this week in Beaverton...

The national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters.

Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 160 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.

What is the top storyline from your region that you're looking forward to watching unfold in Beaverton?

Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst (East)

What happens with defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola? The Notre Dame defensive tackle commit continues to hear from a bunch of other schools, and there are constant rumblings he will visit other campuses. However, his brother, Justin Ademilola is also committed to the Irish, and lately Jayson has been talking up the Irish on twitter. Will recruits committed to other schools make a huge impression and sway him to visit their schools? Or will Ademilola's big personality get some other prospects to visit Notre Dame?

Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst (Midwest)

One big storyline for the Midwest is, who is the 2019 class' best? The top two will be out there, Belleville (Mich.) offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs and Olentangy (Ohio) Orange defensive end Zach Harrison, so we expect them to, not only against each other, but against great competition and give us a potentially clearer sense of who is the top dog.

John Garcia, South Recruiting Analyst

We don't always get to say this in the South, but it's all about the quarterbacks. Perhaps the two best prospects in America are not only signal callers, but Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are both from the Atlanta metro. The storyline on the surface is if these two five-stars can hold on to their status as the top quarterbacks in the country against one of the strongest national QB crops we have seen in some time. The sub-storyline is between Lawrence, who is committed to Clemson, and Fields taking on each other. Each is a competitor and each has drawn plenty of wows this offseason, so who will show up more this time around?

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst (Midlands)

Who is the best safety prospect in the Midlands region? That is an answer that we may not be able to answer definitively, but there are five safety prospects from the Midlands rated in the Scout Top 100 and four of them will be at The Opening finals: B.J. FosterCaden SternsAtanza Vongor and Leon O'Neal. All of these guys have a very different set of skills and bring something unique to the table. This will be Foster’s first competition since tearing his ACL last season. He has been the No. 1 rated prospect at the position since the rankings debuted, but that lead has continued to tighten.

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst (West)

The crop of wide receiver talent out West is very high and The Opening Finals is further proof of that. Eight receivers total were selected for The Opening and that’s not including players like Bryan AddisonDevon Williams and Chase Williams, who will likely get reps on both sides of the ball. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Amon-Ra St. Brown is currently rated the No. 1 WR in the country and it will be fun to see him and the rest of this talented group perform on the big stage in Beaverton.

Blair Angulo, Mountain Region Recruiting Analyst

Which Mountain Region quarterback will shine brightest in Oregon? The West was well represented at The Opening last year, with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis taking home MVP honors, and there's a good batch this year that are out to prove that there are top signal callers in the region outside of California's borders. Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman four-star Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a UCLA commit, has yet to start a high school game but he's got as much talent and upside as any quarterback in the class. Cammon Cooper, a lefty out of Lehi, Utah, committed to Washington State in the spring and has continued to impress in every event he's competed in. And then there's Tyler Shough, the four-star from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton that saw his stock soar before committing to North Carolina. They all performed very well at the Elite 11 Finals, particularly in the 7-on-7 portion, and we'll be tracking them closely to see how they stack up nationally.

Brandon Huffman, National Director of Recruiting

Who is the best two-way prospect in the West?  Six of the top eight athletes in the Scout rankings are from the region, and five of them will be in Beaverton, including the No. 1 athlete nationally, Talanoa Hufanga, the top prospect in Oregon who makes the short trek to Beaverton from Corvallis.  No. 3, Devon Williams, No. 4 Bryan Addison, No. 6 Jevon Holland and No. 8 Chase Williams will all be at the Finals.  Devon Williams is expected to play receiver while Hufanga, Addison, Holland and Chase Williams will all play defense but don't be surprised if they all see some time on the other side of the ball.  Can Hufanga strengthen his grip on the top spot? Or will one of the other four make their move?  The Finals should tell us plenty.

For complete coverage of The Opening Finals, check out The Opening Coverage Central on Scout.

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