UM @ The Opening: Day 2

Several Hurricane prospects are competing at The Opening this weekend in Oregon and Scout is there for all the action.

There were several standout performances on Day Two of the action in Beaverton, Oregon and three Hurricane prospects in particular jumped out.

Denver Kirkland was named the second most impressive offensive lineman during day two drills.

"Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington's Denver Kirkland had a very good day as well and is another intriguing guard prospect with a big upside," said Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "He plays with a lot of passion and just the right amount of nastiness. He stays patient, which is hard to do when your first reaction when the ball is snapped is to led your adrenaline run wild and play out of control. He stayed back, kept his technique solid, showed good feet and then was able to physically finish plays."

Kirkland, 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, has an offer from the Canes, has been to the campus a few times for visits, and has Miami very high on his list of choices right now.

"Artie Burns is a big kid," said Scout's Allen Trieu. "I liked his length and he made a few really athletic plays where he was able to go up and challenge receivers, and a couple where he dove, sold out, and batted away passes at the last minute."

Burns, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is an elite level safety prospect from Miami Northwestern High. The Canes have offered and are battling Alabama and Florida State for his services.

"(Matthew) Thomas is a fantastic athlete with the speed to run with slots and running backs and the height and length to be a good matchup on the tight ends here," Trie said. "He made several nice plays on the ball today including an interception where he was able to show some of the speed he has for a big guy after the catch."

Thomas, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, is considered the state's top linebacker prospect. The Booker T. Washington High standout has Alabama and Miami at the top of his list of favorites.


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