Here's a Look at Some of the Top Offensive Players Expected at The Opening in L.A

As is always the case, the Nike Football The Opening Regional event in SoCal will be loaded at all positions. Here’s our look at a few players expected to shine on the offense side of the ball.



Tate Martell, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Martell is an early five-star prospect, rated the No. 13 overall player in the country. We’ve been writing about Martell since he was in the 7th grade and he just keeps getting better and better every year. He’s a dual threat quarterback with a live, accurate arm, is poised beyond his years, highly competitive and has an advanced feel in the pocket and high football IQ. He’s comfortable sitting in the pocket and throwing darts all over the field but might be even more dangerous when he escapes pressure, gets outside the pocket and can look down field to make a play. Martell is a current Texas A&M commitment but offers continue to roll in for him and he’ll attend USC's Junior Day on Saturday. 

Underclassman to Watch:

Matt Corral, (’18), Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 

There might be just as many underclass QBs worth watching as rising seniors. Corral is a player who has already committed to USC and has a big upside. He has all the physical tools you could want but what we really like about Corral is his poise, toughness and leadership. He can make every throw on the field but we’ve seen him stand in and take shot after shot and not flinch. 

Others to Watch (Alphabetical):

Hank Bachmeier, (’19), Murrieta Valley (Calif.)- Promising freshman with an early offer from Colorado and will likely hit double digits by the end of his sophomore season. 

J.T. Daniels, (’19), Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Can spin it as well as anyone, freshman already holds offers from Arizona State, BYU, CalNotre Dame, UCLA and Washington

Chase Garbers, Newport beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar- From under the radar to national prospect, Boise State, Boston College, Colorado State and Washington State have all offered. 

Ryan Kelley, Chandler (Ariz.) Basha- Oregon commit and a Scout 100 selection should light it up and has a great chance to Get Open.

Connor Neville, QB Wilsonville (Ore.)- We first saw Neville at an The Opening Regional when he was just a freshman, Boise State, Hawaii and Wazzu have all offered. 

Cameron Rising, (’18), Newbury Park (Calif.)- Rising is right there with Corral at the top of the ’18 class. Pushing double digit offers including ASU, Arizona, Cal and Michigan to name a few.

Jack Sears, San Clemente (Calif.)- Sears is our pick to really blow up this camp. He could out throw everyone has a ton of upside. ASU, Boston College, Colorado, Kansas State and Utah are a few who have offered. 

Brevin White, (’18), West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade- Right there with Corral and Rising (’18 QB class is strong), White holds early offers from ASU, Washington and Washington State. 

Running Backs:


Stephen Carr, Fontana (Calif.) Summit 

Carr, rated the No. 23 player in the nation, is a big, physical back who can run with speed and power. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a complete back who does everything well. He has a great frame and will have no problem putting on as much weight as needed at the next level. Running back is typically the one position that is toughest to judge at a shirts/shorts workout since you can’t always tell things like toughness and ability to run after contact but we expect Carr to shine on Sunday. He’s a current USC soft commitment but will take his official visits. 

Underclassman to Watch:

T.J. Pledger, (’18), West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade  

Pledger is a dynamic athlete with the speed to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He can make you miss in the open field, has a lot of wiggle to his game. He can stop and start on a dime, is a decisive runner and hits full speed after just a few strides. He’s already nearing double digit offers, including schools like Cal, Georgia, Ohio State, USC and Washington. 

Others to Watch (Alphabetical):

Biaggio Ali-Walsh, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman- Ali-Walsh will run one of the fastest 40s of the day and has explosive speed. Hawaii, Louisville, Nevada and UNLV have all offered.

Kameron Denmark, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Had almost 1,000 yards rushing as a co-starter last season. Syracuse has offered, many more to come. 

Jackson McChesney, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak- The BYU commit is one of the fastest players in the state and should be fun to watch in the one on ones. 

Tyler Nevens, Hacienda Hts (Calif.) Los Altos- Nevens is a sleeper out West who can really play. We’re expecting his stock to rise over the spring. 

C.J. Verdell, Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei- Verdell has quickness, speed and power. Boston College and Washington State have offered.

Wide Receivers:


Joseph Lewis, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

This could be the most loaded group in the camp. Lewis is an early 5-star prospect and rated the No. 9 player in the nation. He has great size, strong hands, very good body control and can make plays down the field. He looks like a college player right now and should be a very tough matchup Sunday. He said Arizona State, Nebraska and Oklahoma are recruiting him hardest and local schools UCLA and USC are heavily involved as well. 

Underclassman to Watch:

Jalen Hall, (’18), Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

Hall has tremendous size, pushing 6-foot-4 with long arms and huge hands. On a loaded Hawkins squad, Hall was his League’s Offensive Player of the Year and is just too big and strong for most opposing corners to hang with. He can get off the line and shows very good quickness for a big receiver. He high points the ball very well and will be a huge weapon in the red zone from day one in college. Hall already has offers from schools all over the country including most of the Pac-12 plus Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame and Tennessee to name a few. 

Others to Watch (Alphabetical):

Maurice Bell, Murrieta Valley (Calif.)- Smooth pass catcher who can get deep. Boston College, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington State have offered. 

Terrell Bynum, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Dynamic playmaker and great after the catch. Offered by most of the Pac-12 plus Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Grant Calcaterra, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita- Big 6-foot-4 kid who can really run and new offers are flying in including Nebraska and Texas A&M on Friday.

Jamire Calvin, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral- Pure pass catcher with great hands. Cal, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington State are all coming hard. 

Brian Casteel, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak- Stock is rising fast for two-way standout. Arizona, Nevada and Washington State have all offered. 

Eric Fuller., (’18), Los Angels (Calif.) Paramount- One of the most explosive players out West and could end up on either side of the ball in college. 

Jeremiah Hawkins, Buena Park (Calif.)- Slot WR with speed, quickness and toughness. ASU, Cal, Nebraska, Utah, Washington and Washington State just a handful who have offered. 

Tyjon Lindsey, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Lindsey is our pick to win WR MVP honors and made it to The Opening last year. Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC are just a few schools on his list.

Camren McDonald, (’18), Long Beach Poly- Huge target and could stay at receiver or grow in to a hybrid TE/H-back. Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State have all offered. 

Marquis Spiker, (’18), Murrieta Valley- Yet another big WR at 6-foot-3, very smooth and great body control. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Washington have offered. 

Amon-Ra St. Brown, (’18), Mater Dei- The youngest of the St. Brown brothers and is already hearing from schools all over the country. Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State and Notre Dame are just a few who have offered.

Osiris St. Brown, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Has made a nice jump from last season and looks stronger, quicker and more explosive. Michigan and Notre Dame along with entire Pac-12 are heavily involved.

Bryan Thompson, WR, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde- Athletic body, very good speed and strong hands. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington and UNLV have offered. 

Chase Williams, (’18), Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt- Washington has jumped on Williams early and he definitely has the talent to emerge as a national prospect. 

Tight Ends:


Taariq Johnson, Buena Park (Calif.) 

Johnson is more like a big receiver but has the kind of frame to grow in to a hybrid tight end/h-back. He runs well and has no problem getting open, both in the intermediate routes and getting down the field. He has put on some good weight in the last year and will be a tough matchup for a linebacker or safety to handle at the next level. Johnson has double digit offers and said Arizona, Maryland and Nebraska are recruiting him the hardest. 

Underclassman to Watch:

Brevin Jordan, (’18), Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Jordan is another player who plays like a big WR and is incredibly athletic. He has great ball skills and body control and can routinely jump over smaller defensive backs. He has a solid frame and is going to continue to add size and strength. He can get down the field but has the hands to be a reliable 3rd down pass catcher as well and has unlimited upside to him. ASU, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are just a few who have offered.

Others to Watch (Alphabetical):

Drew Platt, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Platt is a good sized kid at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and can catch as well as handle his business in the trenches. 

Isaac Rex, San Clemente (Calif.)- Rex is a big target and should catch a ton of balls playing with Jack Sears. BYU has offered. 

Sire Woods, La Mirada (Calif.)- Another athletic pass catcher that can make plays down the field. New Mexico, Oregon State and San Jose State have offered. 

Offensive Line:


Wyatt Davis, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Davis is a 5-star prospect and the No. 14 overall player in the nation. He plays tackle for Bosco but we have him rated with the guards. He does have tackle feet and depending on how much weight he puts on, could probably play some right tackle in college. He’s advanced technique wise, extremely physical and plays through the whistle. He has the talent and toughness to play right away in college. Davis has national offers from all of the Pac-12 plus Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and several others.

Underclassman to Watch:

Tommy Brown, (’18), Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Brown is a massive lineman who had a great sophomore season. He looks all of 6-foot-7, pushing 6-foot-8 but moves well for a young lineman, has long arms and is physical. He shows good lateral mobility and can just overwhelm a player at this level with his sheer size and and physicality. He’ll be recruited at the national level when he’s a senior.

Others to Watch (Alphabetical):

Chuck Filiaga, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta- Filiaga is a two-way standout who has the ability to play on the defensive line as well. We like him as an OT and the lineman is approaching the 20 offer mark, including schools like schools like Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC.

Jacob Isaia, (’18), Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman- Isaia played in Hawaii a year ago but will play his last two years for Gorman. He’s a talented player who will be recruited at the national level. 

Brett Neilon, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita- Neilon is a road grader on the interior and projects as a guard or even center in college. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Michigan and UCLA are just a few schools who have offered. 

Ryan Nelson, Buena Park (Calif.)- Standout tackle has a nice frame, long and athletic and plenty of room to add size. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Nebraska and Utah have all offered. 

Casey Roddick, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- Roddick is a massive guard prospect who moves well for a big man. Oregon and Colorado have offered. 

Corey Stephens, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro- Stephens is one of the top guard prospects in the region. Memphis and Louisville have offered here. 

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