Week after Fourth of July means one thing in the recruiting world. It’s time for The Opening, a four-day all-star event featuring 150 of the best recruits in the nation at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Each year, the Sooners end up with multiple signees from the event. Some have panned out, while the jury is still out on others and some are no longer with the team.
Coming off a team-high with five signees from last year’s Opening, here is a look at the top targets participating at this year’s event.
2017 Frisco (Texas) High OL Jack Anderson
Don’t be surprised if Anderson is a two-year attendee. The No. 1-ranked center in the country for the 2017 class, Anderson has been a huge target for the Sooners in the last year and will continue to be one going forward. This event will be another great opportunity to see where Anderson stacks up, regardless of class.
Houston Westfield WR Tyrie Cleveland
The Scout 300 prospect was once committed to Texas A&M. The best thing OU has going for itself was how quickly the Sooners offered when he was committed to the Aggies. Now that he’s back on the market, there’s no telling who the favorites are and where he’ll end up. OU is in his top 10 right now but still has plenty of work to do.
Sachse (Texas) High WR Devin Duvernay
Duvernay is a tricky one since he has been so mum about things on the recruiting trail. Yes, the Sooners were able to get him to campus for junior day. But to accurately say where OU stands since then is just not something that can be done. With a list of who’s who in the country recruiting Duvernay, no way to know just exactly where OU is in the pecking order.
Southlake Carroll (Texas) High CB Obi Eboh
OU was incredibly late to the party, but the hope is that it won’t matter in the end. Eboh has made multiple unofficial visits to campus and has started to develop a good bond with first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. OU made the offer during the spring eval period and now it’s going to be about whether or not it can get him back to Norman.
Houston Alief Elsik LB Dontavious Jackson
This will be an interesting week to watch Jackson, who could be a breakout star from this event. OU is definitely slipping a bit with Jackson, and a great outing like this could put even more top schools in the mix. The Sooners made a strong initial impression, but it’s not about how you start in recruiting but how you finish.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly
For the last year, it has felt like OU has been the clear school to beat with almost little-to-no real legitimate competition. Enter Michigan, though, and the game has changed. If OU is going to land the only legitimate five-star prospect it is in the running for, it’s going to have to get even more aggressive in his recruitment.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra S Brandon Burton
Burton is one of the most talented two-way players in the nation, and an event like this could give him a nice platform to shine. The Sooners have made his initial cut, and he has talked repeatedly about taking an official visit to campus. Florida State is a major non-regional school making a push, and it won’t be easy to get him out of the west coast.