The Opening: Huffman's Day Three Notes

A look at some recruiting news and notes from the final day of The Opening in Beaverton...'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
The final day of The Opening concluded on Wednesday with the lineman challenge finals and the Nike 7on finals.

El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun.

Calhoun's Choice

El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun (6-0, 201), knew he was going to play his college football in Los Angeles.

For a while, though, it looked like it would be at UCLA.

But once USC offered him in March, and a subsequent visit to Troy in April left him wowed, the Trojans moved even and eventually past their rivals.

On Wednesday night at The Opening, the four-star announced his commitment to the Trojans.

"USC is it for me," said Calhoun. "Just going to the school, the tradition, the campus lifestyle is great and that's really the main thing and getting a degree from USC is amazing."

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith.

Juju's Top Schools

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith is the nation's top safety, but this week, the five-star worked at receiver and he's enjoyed every second of it.

"The experience is great, just coming out here and competing with the best," said Smith.  "I'm just working hard and trying to get better.  I didn't come here to sit around."

Smith has offers that span the country, but said players at one particular school are recruiting him hard.

"A couple of guys are trying to get me to Michigan," said Smith.  "They're really working on me.  Wilton Speight always hits me up."

The Wolverines are just one of the handful of schools that Smith is consdiering.

"Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame and some other schools I'm probably forgetting are all on me," said Smith, who has four official visits set up, to Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri.

Alfieri's Time Frame

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri was one of the top performers in the SPARQ National Championship, the hometown prospect finishing in the top ten.

"I'm definitely trying to stand out," Alfieri said. "Hopefully now coaches will be looking at me, knowing that I can perform athletically. Hopefully they'll be watching me a little bit more."

Alfieri has a host of offers, but said he's not real focused on recruiting.

Stanford, Oregon State and Cal have all been consistent presences in his recruitment, and Oregon has also been recruiting him, though they've yet to offer.

"They stopped by school a couple of times before it ended and they watched me lift," Alfieri said. "I have a good relationship with Nick Aliotti and Don Pellum."

Alfieri said there was no time table on a decision.

Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) tight end Chase Blakley.

Blakley Battles

Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) tight end Chase Blakley was a late addition to The Opening, but the wait hasn't made him enjoy it any less.

"It's awesome, just the amount of competition out here making me better," said Blakley.

The Washington commit was on the same team as new Husky verbal Erik Brown and he's been doing some recruiting for the Huskies.

"I was hopping on Erik and we got him and I want Budda (Baker), especially since he's already up there.  And there are a few other guys I'm trying to get."

Blakley spent last weekend at Washington, working with the Husky coaches one day at their camp.

"It was good to be around them, since I'll be going to school there," said Blakley.  "I just got to spend some time with them, and camp with guys that were committing."

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco lineman Damien Mama.

Mama Is Big

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama is making a case for a fifth star, but for Mama, he was just happy to be back in pads at The Opening.

"It was great, just being since December being in pads," said Mama.  "It was pretty awesome, the crack of the helmets together was pretty cool.  I can't wait for the season."

Mama said that Alabama, USC and UCLA continue to be a big presence in his recruitment, but that other national programs are making a push.

"Alabama, USC and UCLA are all on me real hard," said Mama.  "But Ole Miss is a big one. Washington is too, and so is Ohio State, Notre Dame and both Florida and Florida State, Cal has been a big one too."

Mama said he's likely to announce at the UnderArmour All-America Game.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
Twitter | Blog | Facebook | E-Mail |

Gene's Page Top Stories