The Opening Oakland: Top Performers

May 19 -- The NIKE Opening Regional Camp in Oakland on Sunday was as loaded as expected. Here's our look at the top 10 overall performers in the camp based solely on their performance on Sunday, not their recruiting potential...

This list could easily be 20 deep and it still would be missing several players who had good camps on Sunday. Just how deep was the event? Our top 10 list doesn't even include four of the top six overall prospects in the West region who all competed and had solid workouts.

Caleb Kelly, Jacob Eason, Javon McKinley and Boss Tagaloa are tremendous talents and we love their upside. McKinley battled a sore groin all day that was obviously hindering him. Tagaloa would have cracked the top 10, he was tremendous in the drills but had to sit out the one on one portion of the camp.

Kelly and Eason both locked down invites for the Opening Finals, so it wasn't like either player disappointed. We just felt at the end of the day, the following 10 players shined brightest and were worthy of mention.

1. Camilo Eifler, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd- If there was an overall MVP of the camp, it would probably have gone to Eifler. He had the days top Nike Football Rating at 116.85, highlighted by a 42" vertical jump and then went out and earned LB MVP honors. Eifler is hardly a sleeper, he's a top 300 player nationally, but no one expected him to look as good as he did Sunday and his stock is definitely on the rise. Oregon, Michigan, Washington, California and UCLA are on his short list.

2. David Long, Los Angles (Calif.) Loyola- We love the way Long carries himself, on and off the field. He's not a big trash talker and never complains about things like stars or rankings. He just goes out and competes and gets a little better every time we see him. He clocked a 4.40-40 in the testing phase and then won DB MVP honors over what the Student Sports staff called the best group of DBs they had seen at any camp this year. Stanford looks like the team to beat for Long at this time.

3. Theo Howard, Westlake (Calif.)- We said last winter that when the smoke clears, Howard could very well be the top receiver prospect out West. He showed on Sunday that he's definitely the fastest and was a very tough cover all day long. He has an athletic frame, catches the ball very well and also can do something after the catch. After missing most of the off-season with an ankle injury, Howard has us very excited to see what he can do on a national stage at the Opening Finals in July.

4. Najee Harris, '17, Antioch (Calif.)- Despite being just a sophomore, Harris was the top running back in the camp and it wasn't even close. He has already established himself as the top back in the West, regardless of class, an early 5-star prospect and a top 10 national recruit in the class of '17. The amazing thing about Harris is he's even better with the pads on. Harris is a physical, down hill runner and has the frame to easily add another 20 pounds or so without even trying. The Alabama commit said he's still open to other schools and was excited by his recent offer from Georgia. UCLA and USC both continue to push hard for him as well so this recruitment is far from over.

5. Jordan Fuller, Old Tappan (N.J.)- Fuller was our No. 2 DB of the day and really impressed with his length, athleticism and body control. He has the long, lean frame you love to see in a potential corner and is very fluid in his movement. He's not a burner but has enough top end speed to be an excellent fit anywhere in the secondary. Recruiting wise, Fuller appears open and has options all over the country. He visited Stanford for Junior Day on Saturday, has an older brother at UCLA and is coveted by schools all over the Midwest and East Coast including Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

6. Oluwole Betiku, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Betiku was just recently cleared to practice after nursing a wrist injury that he played with most of his junior season. He looked in great shape physically and is one of those guys you want leading your team off the bus. He has put on a lot of size and muscle since the season and is poised for a monster year as a senior. He's still learning the game and figuring out technique but from where he started a year ago where he barely knew how to get in to a stance, he's a completely different player. He battled hard and was very good in the one on one drills before his wrist flared up late in the camp. Betiku now plans to go through the recruiting process after it appeared he was ready to make an early commitment. UCLA is probably still the early leader but he'll take all of his official visits and mentioned Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Oklahoma and Oregon as possible destinations.

7. Byron Murphy, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro- Murphy has played a lot of corner this spring at every 7v7 we've seen him at and he looked very comfortable on Sunday. He has a strong, physical body and is extremely instinctive. He's more quick than fast but closes well on the ball, can be physical when needed and has good ball skills. Murphy remains open but Texas A&M is always one of the first schools out of his mouth and he's very close with Aggie WR Christian Kirk. He'll visit Washington this summer and Arizona State, UCLA and USC are also on the short list.

8. Henry Hattis, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland- We didn't know a lot about Hattis before the camp but as mentioned before in our post-camp review, he was our OL MVP of the day. It's tough to find good left tackles with size, feet and toughness but Hattis showed he's a natural for the position. No lineman had better lateral mobility, he plays with plenty of toughness and his upside is very high. Several programs including both in-state schools, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Washington State have jumped in with offers and his list should rise rapidly in the coming weeks.

9. Jordan Parker, Oakland (Calif.) McClyonds- Parker was one of the players we predicted ahead of time who had a great shot to Get Open and he didn't disappoint. Parker is a solid 5-11, pushing 6-0, is very physical and plays with an edge. He's a pure cover corner and shows great instincts on the field. He's patient, doesn't bite on double moves and closes well on the ball. He had at least two picks in the one on ones that we saw, flashes good ball skills and few players compete at a higher level. Parker is a UCLA commit but said he'll still take his visits and mentioned Arizona State and USC as possible destinations.

10. Lamar Jackson, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin- We thought Jackson had a great chance to punch his ticket to The Opening Finals following his standout performance. He has a huge frame and is all of 6-3 but actually looked good playing corner in some of the drills. He'll be a safety in college, assuming he doesn't outgrow the position and his ranginess and ability to cover a lot of ground make him a very intriguing prospect. USC looks like the early leader followed closely by UCLA but he'll take his official visits and mentioned Michigan as one school he knows he'll check out.


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