The Opening: Huffman on Notre Dame Commits

Five members of Notre Dame's 2012 recruiting class participated in "The Opening" at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman was there. He spoke to about the five players, and gave scouting reports based on their performances. He also gave a few interesting projections.

A plethora of Notre Dame commits and prospects took part in "The Opening" Nike event late last week and into the weekend, and national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman was at the event.

Huffman provided in -depth breakdowns of the five Notre Dame commits to participate in the event:

WR Deontay Greenberry, 6-3, 180, Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.)
Huffman says: "He was definitely the most exciting offensive player in the whole tournament. If there was a big play made, you could pretty much safely assume he made it. The biggest thing for him is the lack of elite breakaway speed. He's got breakaway speed, but not elite breakaway speed. Once he gets into the open field, you still have a chance to catch him. He catches everything in traffic. He's very physical. He's got hesitation to go and grab the ball in traffic, and he usually does grab it.
"He also played safety and had a pick six. You look at him and think, ‘This guy has an NFL body at safety.' But he's such a game-breaker as a receiver, you don't want to put him on defense."

CB Tee Shepard, 6-0, 172, Central High East Campus (Fresno, Calif.)
Huffman says: "He had a phenomenal weekend. He had some of the most athletic interceptions anybody made. He's showing he's all the way back from the shoulder (injury) that kept him out of pretty much the whole spring.
"He's got excellent ball skills, a great ability to pull the ball down and the made adjustment. He has great body control. I still, personally, think he's going to end up at safety in college because of how big he is, and having seen his film and knowing he likes to hit people.
"He's a phenomenal athlete. He is probably, after Landon Collins, the best pure defensive back there."

WR Justin Ferguson, 6-2, 200, Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Huffman says: "He was clutch in the championship game. He had the two touchdowns that basically won it for his team. I would say Ferguson's best attribute is he is very much put together, and he could end up as a pretty athletic outside linebacker in college. He has that versatility where he could play defense if you want him to.
"He's a great receiver, very soft hands, pretty good route-runner. But he has a knack for getting open and a knack for catching the ball."

OLB David Perkins, 6-2, 210, Washington High (South Bend, Ind.) Huffman says: "He's another one of those really athletic guys. He was great to watch in the Sparq because he definitely has the swagger. He shaved Irish into his head. He's got an edge to him.
"You don't get a full appreciation for linebackers in this setting because quarterbacks always want to go deep, but watching him in the drills Thursday and the Sparq, you can really see the athleticism. He moves very, very well.

OT Mark Harrell, 6-5, 270, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic High Huffman says: "I really like Mark Harrell. He's one of those guys that is still going to be a year or two away from making major contributions. He's still pretty thin. He's move like 265, 270, and you can tell he has a lot of room for growth, but he's one of those tackles kind of in the Jake Long mode where he's got the frame where he's not going to get fat. He's big and is basically a tight end playing tackle type of guy. Top Stories