The Opening: Day One Notebook

A look at some of the recruiting notes from Day One of The Opening, with a couple of California prospects favoring the Bruins...

The first day of The Opening kicked off on Friday with the SPARQ Prelims and National Championships and sandwiched in there, the Nike Football Training Camp, and there was plenty of recruiting information flowing.

  • Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite receiver Eldridge Massington committed to USC earlier in the spring, and he said he's building a good relationship with fellow Trojan receiver commits Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue.  Massington joked that all three are trying to become "best friends" with future quarterback Max Browne.

  • Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde receiver Damorea Stringfellow committed to Washington last week, and said he's looking forward to playing with Oakley (Calif.) Freedom receiver Darrell Daniels, another Husky commit, this week at The Opening.  Stringfellow said he's been working on Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis to join them in Seattle.  Stringfellow said he will definitely visit Washington, officially and wants to visit Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Cal in the fall.
  • San Diego (Calif.) Horizon receiver Darren Carrington sat out day one with a minor groin injury, but said he was going to fully go on Saturday.  Carrington committed to Oregon last month and said he's rock solid to the Ducks, with no plans to visit any school but the Ducks.  Carrington said that he hit it off with Dontre Wilson, another Oregon commit at The Opening, and the two are recruiting others to Eugene.  Carrington said he was uncertain when he'll take his official visit to Oregon but said he will trip with fellow verbal Chris Seisay.

  • Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande defensive tackle Elijah Qualls committed to Washington last week, and said it's been a huge relief.  "It's a lot of my shoulders, and it's been a crazy week, but I'm really happy," said Qualls.  The four-star said he's doing plenty of recruiting for the Huskies this week at The Opening.  Qualls said he's specifically recruiting Joe Mathis.  Qualls said he knew there would be five commits last week, but was surprised by the additional two commits, and then the third later in the week.  "That's awesome," said Qualls.

  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran offensive lineman John Lopez said that he's hoping to decide in late July or August.  "I'm trying to keep it open to everyone, but I've established two favorites in UCLA and Washington."

  • Salinas (Calif.) Palma four-star linebacker Kevin Palma said that four schools were standing out to him.  "Definitely UCLA, Colorado, Oregon State and San Diego State," said Palma.  "It won't be until fall when I make a decision."

  • Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North four-star tight end Marcus Baugh committed to Ohio State in April and said he's 100% solid to the Buckeyes, with no plans to visit any other schools officially.  Baugh said that he's rooming with Michigan commit Jake Butt and the two have been having fun about it and already talking some trash.  Baugh said he's been spending time with another Ohio State commit Jalin Marshall in Beaverton.

  • Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com 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.
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