The Opening: Midwest Scouting Notes

We breakdown the Midwest prospects who participated in day one of The Opening.

- The two linebackers, Darrin Kirkland and Justin Hilliard both had really good days. Kirkland ran and covered well and made plays on the ball. He clocked a 4.8 forty, a solid time, but it is really his agility and footwork that stands out more than his feet. Hilliard ran a 4.72 and also showed good ability in space, more than he had previously shown because he is such an attacker in high school. It was good to see him in this setting for a full day (he only did part of Columbus NFTC) and he had a good showing.

- I thought C.J. Conrad, the Kentucky tight end commit had a good day. He wasn't a huge downfield threat, but he caught the ball very well in one on ones and got open against top flight cover corners. He caught the ball naturally and effortlessly.

- I didn't see the defensive line, but Greg Biggins, who covered the group, said Terry Beckner and Jashon Cornell had solid days but were held back some by lack of a ton of reps. Having not seen Beckner in person since last Spring, I was really surprised at how much he's filled out and how big he looks. To me, he's now a full-fledged defensive tackle.

- Damien Harris did well catching the ball and ran a 4.48. It's a tough setting for running backs, especially guys like him where he's not really a scatback who can wow in a non-tackle situation but his explosiveness and just how well rounded he is was evident. Mike Weber did make a couple cuts that drew big reactions from the crowd. Like Harris, he's not a big tall guy, but is put together and he's not really a scatback, but he can catch the ball and showed some elusiveness today.

- Notre Dame commit Shaun Crawford is a kid we did not get to see a ton of. The Lakewood St. Edward star sat out one on ones with a minor injury, but did put up good testing numbers including a 4.48 in the forty.

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