The Opening Oakland: Top Ten Underclassmen

May 20 -- A look at the top ten underclass performers at The Opening Regional in Oakland...

Najee Harris, RB, Antioch (Calif.)
Harris is in contention for the West's No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class and it's easy to see why. 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.

Terrell Bynum, WR, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Bynum is one of the quickest receivers around and has a great burst getting out of his breaks. He's also explosive after the catch and projects as an ideal slot receiver at the next level. He needs to continue to work on getting stronger and adding some size to his frame but he's a very talented kid with a nice upside to him. Bynum has well over double digit offers from most of the Pac 12 plus national programs like Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He said he's still open but it's hard to imagine him leaving the area and spurning either UCLA or USC.

Jamire Calvin, WR, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Calvin is a late bloomer who has looked very good on the 7v7 circuit this winter. He tested well and was a very though cover all camp. Along with running well, Calvin is already pretty polished in his route running and is a natural pass catcher as well. Calvin is still a relative sleeper on the recruiting front and is waiting for his first scholarship offer to roll in. He can definitely play at the next level and should be closely watched this summer.

Connor Neville, QB, Wilsonville (Ore.)
Neville had his coming out party at the Oakland Nike Camp a year ago and was equally as impressive this year. He's strong mechanically, has a tight, compact release, a live arm and was very accurate all day. He has a very solid 6-2 frame and just looks like a next level quarterback. He'll camp with a few schools this summer and mentioned Boise State as a school that is at the top of his list right now.

Kayden Lyles, OL, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Lyles is one of the top prospects in the West in the 2017 and is physically really well put together. He played right guard and showed good feet and stayed low and kept the feet chopping as he took on defenders and technically, he's pretty sound. He struggled a bit with quicker lineman and had a couple of rough one-on-one's early, but then got going late and used his strength to force his defender out. His brother, Kare, committed to Wisconsin and the Badgers will be a factor for him, but schools like Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA and USC are some of the regional schools on him with national programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State after him.

Aaron Banks, OL, El Cerrito (Calif.)
Banks' best moment was stalemating Oluwole Betiku in an early one-on-one. He played left tackle, but he'll likely end up sliding inside to play guard. He's got a good initial punch and moves really well for how big he is. He'll need to trim up a bit to to have any chance at playing tackle. He's got good strength and massive hands and did a great job using his hands. Hometown Cal offered Banks on Saturday and Oregon State had offered previously, but the Bears are already in a good position for him.

Jalen McKenzie, OL, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
McKenzie is the brother of Scout's No. 1 prospect in 2015, Kahlil McKenzie, but while big brother made his trade on the defensive line, Jalen's future is on the offensive line. He's bigger and longer than Kahlil was though he doesn't quite have his strength, yet. But he showed good athleticism and nimbleness and with his long arms, did a good job of keeping defenders at bay. Stronger ends got past him early, but then McKenzie got into a groove and the latter half of the camp was really effective. Tennessee, where his father and uncle played and where Kahlil is headed are going to be in it until the end but a number of other schools have been in to see him this spring.

Elijah Molden, CB, West Linn (Ore.)
Molden competed very well and as expected when your dad is former All-American corner, was well advanced from a technique standpoint. He's an aggressive player, strong in press coverage but showed off the athleticism to turn and run with kids as well. Oregon could be tough to beat since it's his father Alex's alma mater but Stanford has offered too and will be a factor for sure.

Alex Perry, CB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Perry had a great camp and wowed the Nike coaches with his play. He has great quickness, can really break on the ball and has a smooth backpedal. He stood out in all the drills and then showed he could play both corner and nickel during the half-skelly period. The Arizona State commit has a ton of potential and should be mentioned among the top corners in what is a very strong '17 corner crop out west.

Isaiah Montanez, RB, Merced (Calif.) Golden Valley
Montanez was the revelation of the camp after his juke-and-flip went viral. But even before that, Montanez showed great burst in the drills, good hands catching the ball and great cutback. He had no offers and said there had been little college interest prior to the camp, but a couple of moves has now gotten his name out there.

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