The Opening Oakland: Biggins Notebook

May 18 -- We take a look at The Opening invitees and a few of the major standouts at the camp on Sunday...

Here's a look at the MVP's from today's camp. MVP's are based solely on camp performance and not recruiting potential.


Kevin Davidson, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds:

We've seen Davidson at a number of events the past couple of years and this was the best we've seen him. He has leaned out and physically looked very good. He threw a very catchable ball with touch and accuracy and his timing and anticipation was very good. Davidson is still waiting for his first scholarship offer to roll in but plans to be active on the camp circuit this summer.

Running Back

Najee Harris, '17, Antioch (Calif.)

Harris is a freaky talent and will be in contention for the top overall player in the West when he's a senior. He has size, quickness, can make you miss in the open field and showed very good hands as well. He's a downhill runner but has some wiggle to him and his upside is off the charts. Harris earned a rare underclass invite to The Opening Finals for his efforts. Harris gave an early commitment to Alabama but said he still plans to go through the process and said USC and UCLA are two schools closer to home he's very interested in.

Wide Receiver:

Kalakaua Timoteo, Mililani (Hawaii)

Timoteo may have been the surprise of the camp and not only won MVP honors but earned an invite to The Opening. He had a great day catching the ball, showing superior hands and body control. He has an athletic frame, runs well and has to be considered among the biggest sleeper prospects out West. The Hawaii commitment earned an invite to The Opening Finals. Don't be surprised if his recruitment picks up following his showing and we've heard California could get involved shortly.

Offensive Line:

Frank Martin, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Martin had a solid workout at the regional camp back in L.A and then picked things up a notch in Oakland. He tested much better, looked a lot more athletic and was more physical in the drills and one on ones. We have Martin rated as a guard but he worked out at right tackle and showed the necessary lateral mobility to play just about anywhere at the next level. Martin is very solid in his commitment to USC.

Defensive Line:

Elijah Parks, Fresno (Calif.) Central

Parks is a big interior defensive who looked about 6-3 and close to 300 pounds. He showed off a quick first step, a powerful bull rush and used his hands very well. He stays low and played with good pad level. He has the strength to get a push up the middle and the first step quickness to make life very difficult for opposing guards and centers.


Camilo Eifler, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

Eifler was the big winner of the day as he not only earned LB MVP honors, he had the top testing Rating of the day, headlined by a 42" vertical leap and earned an invite to The Opening Finals. Eifler is everything you want to see in an outside 'backer, he's quick and athletic, smooth in coverage and has plenty of toughness. He's still new to the LB position as he played defensive end as a sophomore and his potential is through the roof. Oregon, Michigan, Washington, California and UCLA are just a few schools Eifler is looking hard at.

Defensive Back:

David Long, Los Angles (Calif.) Loyola

The DB group was loaded with four players walking away with invites to The Opening finals headlined by Long. He clocked a 4.40-40 and was in lockdown mode all day in the one on one drills. Every time we see him, Long impresses us a little more and he deserves to be mentioned among the top corner prospects not just locally but nationally as well. Long said he's still open but Stanford could be tough to beat with UCLA also heavily in the mix.

Who Got Open

Along with Harris, Timoteo, Martin, Eifler and Long, seven other players received invites to The Opening Finals as well.

QB Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens (Wash.)- Eason didn't have his best day but in terms of physical tools, he has few peers anywhere in the country. He's a big kid with arguably the strongest arm in the country and complements it with a lightning quick release and the ability to throw from multiple arm angles with touch and accuracy. The Georgia commit sounds like he's very solid with his commitment.

WR Theo Howard, Westlake (Calif.)- This was our first time seeing Howard since the fall as he had been nursing an ankle injury and he didn't disappoint. He started off the day running a blazing 4.38-40 and then was dominant in the drills. He's a natural pass catcher who has the top end speed to get behind any defense and he should be definitely mentioned among the top pass catchers in the nation. Howard said his commitment to Oregon is solid and he has no plans to visit any other schools.

LB Caleb Kelly, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West- Last year, Kelly impressed us with his cover skills and looked like an ideal weakside 'backer. He has put on size and muscle and now looks like he's growing into a strongside 'backer. He still moves very well for a 225 pound athlete and his versatility really sets apart from other players at his position. Kelly has a fluctuating top 10 list but said Michigan, Oklahoma and UCLA are three schools who stay on his list to the end.

DL Oluwole Betiku, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Physically, Betiku looks like a college player right now. He's absolutely jacked and despite battling a sore wrist, still had no problems winning the majority of his one on one reps. He's a strong, powerful rush end who has the speed and quickness to get around the edge and it's amazing how much progress he has made after playing just one year of HS football. Betiku said he wants to take all five of his visits and mentioned out of the region schools like Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida State and Oklahoma as well as Oregon, UCLA and USC out West.

DB Jordan Parker, Oakland (Calif.) McClyonds- Parker never disappoints and was in lock down mode all camp long. He's more quick than fast and showed a good short area burst and plenty of physicality at the line. He plays with a lot of swagger and attitude but has the skill set to back it up. Parker is a soft commitment to UCLA but said he wants to take all of his trips and mentioned Arizona State and USC as a couple of schools he has interest in checking out.

DB Jordan Fuller, Old Tappan (N.J.)- Fuller has a long, athletic frame and really looks the part of the tall, athletic corner a lot of colleges are coveting these days. Fuller not only has great size, he's very fluid in his movement, showed an explosive break on the ball and was probably the No. 2 DB of the day behind Long in what was a loaded group. Fuller attended Stanford's Junior Day on Saturday, has interest in UCLA where his brother Devin plays and has visited several schools closer to home including most recently, Ohio State.

DB Byron Murphy- Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro- Murphy is one of the more versatile players out West and could end up at receiver or corner but worked out with the DBs and had a strong camp. He has natural cover skills and is similar to Parker in that he's not hyper athletic but has such a high football IQ and feel for the position, he's able to stay in the hip pocket of every receiver he went up against. Murphy plans to visit Texas A&M and Washington in the summer and mentioned Arizona State, USC and UCLA as other schools he's looking at.

Who Else Could Get Open?

DL Boss Tagaloa, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Tagaloa has great film and looked tremendous in every drill. He sat out the one on one drills due to a coaching decision after fracturing his leg at a combine last year. As a result, Tagaloa wasn't able to get the Golden Ticket today but is basically a shoe-in to receive an invite down the road. He's the top rated defensive tackle out West and did nothing to disprove that today. Tagaloa has a top 12 list right now but UCLA sounds like the team to beat at this time.

WR Javon McKinley, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- McKinley was hobbled all day by a sore groin and was clearly not 100%. He still competed hard in the drills and used his size and strong hands to make plenty of plays. No wide out was more dominant in the pads last season than Mckinley, catching passes for over 2,000 yards against arguably the toughest schedule in the country. Wen you look at his body of work, he's clearly worthy of an Opening invite. McKinley maintains he's open to all schools but USC could be tough to beat here.

DB Lamar Jackson, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin- Jackson is one of the more intriguing defensive backs out West because of his size and athleticism. He's all of 6-3 but is both flexible and fluid in his movement and flashes surprising closing speed. While some feel he'll need to move to outside 'backer in college, he has shown on the 7v7 circuit and again today that he has the necessary mobility to stay in the secondary. He had a very good day today and it's tough to imagine too many other safeties getting in over him. Jackson has visited UCLA and USC multiple teams and those two appear out in front but he'll take all of his official visits and Michigan is one school he'll definitely check out.

TE Devin Asiasi, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Asiasi is a huge tight end weighing in at 275 pounds but he still moves and catches the ball very well. He surprisingly had a couple of drops that we're not used to seeing but his hands and ability to catch the ball in traffic, through contact is a strength of his and not something we're concerned about. In an era where more and more tight ends are just big receivers, Asiasi is an every down tight end who can block, plays a physical game and still make plays in the passing game as well. USC looks good early but Alabama, Oregon and UCLA are in this one as well.

ATH Brandon Burton, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Burton took some reps at receiver and then switched over to safety. He shined at safety picking off three passes in the half-skelly (modified 7v7) portion of the camp showing why we have long considered him one of the most instinctual players in the region. It's a deep year for safeties nationally but Burton is definitely deserving of an invite. Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC are just a few of the schools Burton mentioned that are on his short list.

OL Henry Hattis, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland- Hattis was one of the biggest camp surprises of the day and in our eyes, had the best day of any offensive lineman. He's a pure tackle prospect with very good feet and an ideal frame that he can grow in to. He showed the lateral mobility you have to have to play as a left tackle and his upside is as high as just about any offensive lineman we've seen out west this spring. Arizona State, Missouri, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Texas Tech and Washington State have all offered and that list should grow rapidly in the coming weeks.

DT Mike Williams, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal- He didn't dominate every rep but Williams showed he has a ton of potential at the defensive tackle position. He's a strong, powerful lineman who just needs to learn a few more counter moves to take his game to the next level. Williams visited both Cal and Stanford while he was out West and said he has strong interest in UCLA and USC as well along with Texas and TCU closer to home.

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