The Opening: Team Alpha Pro

The Opening begins next Monday on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., following the conclusion of the Elite 11 Finals. In preparation for the big event, eDuck is a taking a look at each of the team rosters and looking at how Oregon fits into the picture. Today: Team Alpha Pro.

Roster:

A.J. Turner, ATH, Centreville (Clifton), VA
Adam McLean, DL, Quince Orchard, MD
C.J. Conrad, TE, LaGrange-Keystone (LaGrange), OH
Cecil Cherry, LB, Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland), FL
Cordell Broadus, WR, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), NV
Darius Slayton, CB, Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross), GA
Derrick Dillon, WR, Pine (Franklinton), LA
George Campbell, WR, East Lake (Tarpon Springs), FL
Jaquan Johnson, S, Killian (Miami), FL
Jerry Tillery, OL, Evangel Christian (Shreveport), LA
Josh Sweat, DL, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake), VA
Kahlil McKenzie, DL, Clayton Valley (Concord), CA
Maea Teuhema, OL, Keller, TX
Mark Walton, RB, Booker T. Washington (Miami), FL
Noah Green, OL, Boiling Springs (Spartanburg), SC
Osa Masina, LB, Brighton (Salt Lake City), UT
Rico McGraw, CB, Ensworth (Nashville), TN
Ryan Newsome, WR, Aledo, TX
Taj Griffin, RB, McEachern (Powder Springs), GA
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, American Heritage (Plantation), FL
Te'Von Coney, LB, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Torrance Gibson, ATH, American Heritage (Plantation), FL
Tyler Green, CB, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville), MD
Will Sunderland, S, Midwest City, OK

Oregon targets: Griffin (committed), Newsome, McFadden

Status:

Griffin — The four-star running back was the talk of the spring when Oregon landed him back in April, and recent comments suggest he's not wavering on his commitment. With Griffin and Newsome on the same team, Alpha Pro will without a doubt have two of the more dynamic players on the field at the same time during 7on7 play. He'll likely be the most highly touted player of the class for the Ducks offensively and will be showing the best players in the country what the program will be receiving in 2015.

The 5-foot-9, 168-pound Griffin can beat you to the outside or slip between the tackles before unleashing his 4.4 second 40-yard speed. Once he gets into the open field he's a tough man to bring down because of his quick feet and ability to change direction. He'll join a running back unit that already has Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and incoming five-star prospect Royce Freeman next fall.

Newsome — Newsome traveled to Oregon in June and enjoyed his visit so much that Oregon landed in his top six schools along with USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas and Notre Dame. At 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, the four-star wide receiver relies on his speed and can be used out of the backfield or as a dangerous option in the slot. Newsome keeps opponent's heads on a swivel with his footwork and ability to change direction in an instant. He likens himself to Tavon Austin and Brandin Cooks, but Ducks fans will have momentary flashbacks of the recently departed De'Anthony Thomas when watching his tape.

Oregon should be a factor throughout Newsome's recruitment. Already with one four-star wide receiver in 6-foot-3 target Alex Ofodile, the Ducks would love to add a dynamic speedster into the mix. They should have a good shot at landing an official visit from him in the fall.

McFadden — A four-star prospect, McFadden is one of the more exciting players to watch on film at his position, where he ranks in the top five according to Scout.com. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete has the speed and acceleration to burn opponents as a return man and the closing speed, length and athleticism to be a smothering cornerback. McFadden holds an Oregon offer, but not much has progressed since then and he appears to be more attached to schools in his region right now.


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