The Opening: Top 10 Defense, Offense

Day two of The Opening brought out the best in several highly regarded prospects on both sides of the ball, many of which made big plays for their squads. The team voted on the best on the day, and they included many UCLA prospects...

The action at The Opening heated up Tuesday as the day was filled with 7-on-7 competition, and FOXSportsNEXT takes a look at the Top 10 performers on offense.

UCLA prospects are designated with ***.


Josh Malone***, WR, Station Camp High, Gallatin, Tenn.
Skinny: The four-star Malone remains open to dozens of schools, and it was easy to see why so many want him. He was natural and fluid, and he ran pristine routes. He showed very good hands and got off jams well. His release from the line of scrimmage was very good, and at times he waited a moment, then blew past the cornerback at the line of scrimmage.

Keller Chryst, QB, Palo Alto (Calif.) High
Skinny: Chryst, a Stanford commit and the No. 2 quarterback in the class, was impressive. He showed a strong arm and nice touch. The ball came out of his hand easily and he was accurate with his passes down the field and on intermediate routes. Chryst is a big and strong, and he showed good leadership of the offense.

Kyle Allen, QB, Desert Mountain High, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Skinny: Allen is the nation's No. 1 quarterback, and the Texas A&M commit showed why he deserves the ranking. Allen made quick decisions and was precise with his passes. He threw the deep ball well and was able to fit throws into tight windows. He threw the ball with touch when need be, and when he wasn't in, his team struggled to move the ball. Success in 7-on-7s is based on making decisions quickly, and he was able to do it.

Budda Baker***, WR, Bellevue (Wash.) High
Skinny: Baker was sensational. He showed tremendous athleticism and top-end speed as a slot receiver, and his acceleration was eye-popping. He got behind defensive backs and finished plays by making the catch. There were times were he was impossible to cover, and the highlight of his day was a tremendous catch in the back of the end zone in the early going.

Joe Mixon***, RB, Freedom High, Oakley, Calif.
Skinny: It isn't easy for a running back to stand out in a 7-on-7, but Mixon did it. He is big, runs fluidly, is comfortable catching the ball and turns up field in a hurry. He had soft hands and made a few difficult catches look easy. He is explosive, changes direction well and is ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is a weapon.

David Blough, QB, Creek View High, Carrollton, Texas
Skinny: Blough, a Purdue commit, was solid in many areas. He's not the biggest passer and doesn't have the biggest arm, but he did a lot of things well and he was consistent. He completed the deep post, he was accurate, a team leader, performed well under pressure and took the underdog mentality and excelled in that role.

Erik Brown, WR, Summit High, Fontana, Calif.
Skinny: Brown caught touchdowns, and then he caught some more, then a few more. It was that kind of day for the four-star receiver, who capped his day by announcing his commitment to Washington. Brown is long, catches the ball effortlessly, is a pure route runner and understands how to get open. He doesn't fight the ball, and is very sure-handed and natural as a pass catcher.

Trevion Thompson, WR, Hillside High, Durham, N.C.
Skinny: Thompson played on a loaded team, and he stood out at receiver. The four-star prospect was open all day. He did it on underneath routes, intermediate routes and when he needed to stretch the field. He also performed well in the red zone as he ran very good routes, came out of breaks well and showcased his length and very good body control.

Kd Cannon, WR, Mt. Pleasant (Texas) High
Skinny: The four-star Cannon made getting open and catching passes look easy. He is fast and he got off the line of scrimmage in a blur. He was smooth in his route-running and even with the secondary expecting it and playing against his speed, he was able to get behind them. He made plenty of big plays.

Malachi Dupre***, WR, John Curtis Christian High, River Ridge, La.
Skinny: There are reasons Dupre is one of three five-star receivers in the nation, and they were on display. Dupre catches the ball on the high point and is aggressive in going after it. He did a great job tracking passes and using his 40-plus inch vertical leap to make the day miserable for defensive backs.


>LB Clifton Garrett - Plainfield South (Ill.)
The four-star prospect looks the part, and despite being known for his hard hitting style, has shown that he's just as comfortable in an unpadded setting. He did that again today as he stepped in front of a pass, intercepted it and ran it back. He also broke up a couple passes and was impressive all around.

LB Rashaan Evans*** - Auburn (Ala.)
Evans always seemed to find the ball. He had a few interceptions, including a pick six, and used his length and athleticism to break up several other passes. Currently listed as a defensive end, he appears to be a hybrid kind of guy who can play a variety of roles at the next level.

CB John Plattenburg*** - Corona (Ca.) Centennial
The four star corner lived up to his billing, using his quickness and athleticism to lock down his side of the field and make several plays on the ball throughout the day.

S Quin Blanding - Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
The football seemed to find Blanding, as the five-star prospect recorded several interceptions on the day. We counted four for him, all of which displayed the kind of speed and leaping ability in a big frame that lead nearly every major program to offer him before he committed to Virginia.

S Dylan Sumner-Gardner - West Mesquite (Tex.)
The Texas A&M commit flashed his speed and instincts, especially when he broke nicely on a ball he ended up intercepting. He has great skills in coverage.

S Ronald Walker - Jackson Calloway (Miss.)
The Ole Miss commit was smooth and can cover down the field. He broke on the ball and showed very good ball-tracking skills. He also has nice size and didn't get caught over-anticipating throws. 

CB Jalen Tabor - Friendship Collegiate (DC)
Tabor did not have many passes thrown his way, a tribute to his cover skills, and when teams did decide to test him, he made them pay for it. He's physical, plays with an attitude and has a quick burst to the football.

S Duke Dawson - Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County
Dawson seemed to have a nose for the ball during today's 7 on 7. He made a couple of big plays for ihs team, included a pick six. Following that interception, the Florida commit made sure to give the Gator chomp and fans of the school should be excited about what they're getting in him.

CB Tony Brown - Beaumount (Tex.) Ozen
The five-star prospect used his speed and quickness to close on the ball and make a couple of pass breakups along with a interception he returned for a score. The nation's number one corner was beat for a score, but rebounded to make many big plays.

S John Bonney*** - Houston (Tex.) Lamar

A smooth, instinctive safety with good quickness and smarts, the four-star prospect seemed to regularly be in the right places at the right times and impressed us with his overall coverage ability on the day.

Others Receiving Votes: Jonathan Lockett, D.J. Calhoun***, Jamal Adams, Christian Miller***, Adarius Pickett***, Iman Marshall***, Kyle Berger, Damon Webb, Montae Nicholson

FOXSportsNEXT's recruiting team of Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins, Chad Simmons, Allen Trieu, Jamie Newberg and Greg Powers helped in compiling the list.

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