The Opening Round Table: Top Story Lines

Jul. 7 -- How will the underclassmen stack up against the big boys of the class of 2016? Is there a wide receiver that can unseat Nate Craig at the top spot? Can anyone overtake Greg Little in the Lone Star State as the top prospect in Texas? Those are just some of next week's story lines from The Opening...

The 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.

What’s the top story line from each region?

Chad Simmons
National Recruiting Analyst, Southeast

There are a lot of top stories to keep an eye on this week, but one that really sticks out for me is all four five-star prospects out of the South in 2017 are here on this big stage with the chance to compete. Is Dylan Moses the clear-cut No. 1 for his class? I am a big fan of offensive tackle Calvin Ashley too and he is on Moses' heels at No. 2 nationally. DeAngelo Gibbs is No. 4 on Scout with Trevon Grimes No. 7, so being able to see those four together at one event really allows me to see how the top of my 2017 board takes shape heading into the 2015 season.

Jamie Newberg
National Recruiting Analyst, Florida

Who’s the top wide receiver from the Sunshine State coming out of this event? It’s Nate Craig (Tampa Catholic) and he’s the top wideout in the country. He’s coming off an earlier season ending injury in 2014. Is he the best or will it be Binjimen Victor (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Darnell Salomon (Miami Central), or Sam Bruce (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas). It’s a ridiculous year for wide receiver once again from Florida. Something else I will be watching are two 2017 prospects that will be at this event in running back/linebacker Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab) and offensive tackle Calvin Ashley (Orlando Dr. Phillips). How do they stack up to the 2016 recruits? Are they the two best regardless of class?

Brian Dohn
National Recruiting Analyst, East

Can quarterback Dwayne Haskins and receiver Darryl Turner, both committed to Maryland, push hard for the Terps to get commitments from offensive lineman Terrance Davis and receiver Trevon Diggs? Diggs was slated to announce July 4, but he postponed so he could get better looks at LSU and Alabama. Davis already is hearing plenty from Haskins, and it will intensify during the week.

Allen Trieu
National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest

The quarterbacks, particularly Michigan State commit Messiah deWeaver going up against Michigan quarterback commit Brandon Peters, is a storyline I think many fans will be following.

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands

The top three rated prospects in the Midlands will all be on hand competing - Greg Little, Ed Oliver and Kendell Jones. All three are rated as Scout five-star prospects and are in range to move to the No. 1 spot. So far Little has led wire-to-wire in the regional rankings but the opportunity will be there for someone else to grab control. Most recently A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) grabbed the top spot in the region with a stout showing in Oregon.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

We’ve hyped up the West Coast wide receiver class for two years now, calling it one of the best overall groups we’ve seen in years. Now there are some questions that we may have over-rated this group a bit. Four of the top five receivers out west will be present along with our No. 3 rated athlete. La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns is currently our No. 1 receiver followed closely by Westlake’s Theo Howard, Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s Javon McKinley, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita’s Dylan Crawford and Vaughns Lancer teammate Trevon Sidney. Will this group prove to be as good as the early hype and who will emerge as the true best of the best from this group? Those questions should be answered a week from now.

John Garcia
Southeastern Analyst

Alabama’s premier linebacker prospects in the 2016 and 2017 class will be represented, so we’re looking at where each stacks up against past evaluations as well as the competition. Can Ben Davis be the best combo linebacker at the event? Can Lyndell Wilson excel against running backs and tight ends? Can Benton beat his elders inside and outside?

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