The Scout.com national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters. This event kicks off on Wednesday.
Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 160 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.Below is round table question No. 2...
What lineman from your region are you most excited to see on the big stage?
National Recruiting Analyst, Southeast
It is Julian Rochester. The big defensive tackle out of Georgia missed most of the spring due to a shoulder injury, so I am ready to see him compete next to the best in the country to see if he is five-star worthy. He may even be the top defensive lineman in Georgia, but that ranking is Derrick Brown's now, so it will be good to see those two side by side in Oregon. Rochester is a kid I have wanted to see live for six months and now that he is healthy, I will be able to.
National Recruiting Analyst, Florida
I am going Babe Ruth here and calling my shot that Baveon Johnson will be the most dominant offensive linemen at this event. He’s the country’s No. 2 ranked center from Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson. He’s so physical, so strong and so overwhelming. I want to see if he can continue his terrific and dominating off-season against the best defensive linemen in the country. I can’t wait to see him in pads in the one-on-one sessions.
National Recruiting Analyst, East
JohnCarlo Valentin had his coming out during The Opening Regional in late April as he dominated. He went from three offers to nearly 20 in the two months since the appearance. Will he perform well and get more schools on his bandwagon? Or will a tough time cause schools to pull back? It is worth watching.
National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest
Mike Panasiuk, a Michigan State commit, dominated in Chicago to earn his invitation. He's a high 3-star right now, but another strong performance against the best of the best could change that.
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
Greg Little comes in to the event tabbed as the No. 1 prospect in the region and the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country. He also comes in battle tested against top prospects and has faced off and already had success against some of the top defensive ends like a Myles Garrett and a Solomon Thomas, so he should be prepared for the highest levels of competition.
National Recruiting Analyst, West
Boss Tagaloa, from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, is the top rated defensive tackle out West and it will be fun to see how stacks up against the other elite lineman nationally. He played his junior season at about 75% as he was recovering from a fractured ankle he suffered over the summer. He’s healthy now and should be a tough matchup for all opposing guards. Tagaloa is very strong, quick off the ball and plays with an advanced technique. We’re expecting big things from the talented tackle.