Oakland Opening Regional Preview: The Offense

May 21 -- Led by the No. 1 prospect in the country, Najee Harris, the offensive side of the ball will be loaded at the Oakland Opening Regional...

QUARTERBACKS:

Headlining the group is Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis four-star Tua Tagovailoa, a commit to Alabama. Tagovailoa was in Los Angeles a year ago and was one of the top underclassmen there.  He'll try to lock in a spot at the Elite 11 Finals and is coming from Hawaii to throw to earn that spot.  The lefty is a top five quarterback nationally and a top three passer in the West and will be the featured guy.  

http://www.scout.com/player/193492-tua-tagovailoa

The top underclassmen on the roster is Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) 2018 passer Colson Yankoff. We first saw Yankoff at the Eugene Opening Regional a year ago and he was the top freshman passer there that day.  He has a half-dozen offers now and is the top quarterback to come from Idaho since Tanner Mangum and should see his recruitment really take off in the next year.

http://www.scout.com/player/202363-colson-yankoff

In fact, the camp is loaded at quarterback, with a number of committed prospects plus a couple not yet committed.  Ryan Kelley from Chandler (Ariz.) Basha will return after being in Los Angeles and the Arizona State pledge is trying to earn a spot in the finals.  His future rival, Braxton Burmeister from La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day, who recommitted to Arizona last week is also making a return trip.  

Washington State pledge Connor Neville, who first caught our eye in Oakland two years ago as a freshman, is another Pac-12 commit as is Aidan Willard from Napa (Calif.) Justin Siena, who committed to Oregon State.  

http://www.scout.com/player/190806-connor-neville

And then there is Dylan McCaffrey, the No. 2 quarterback in the West from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, who is committed to Michigan.  

http://www.scout.com/player/190807-dylan-mccaffrey

Plus UNLV commit Marckell Grayson and Nevada commit Jamaal Evans will be coming from Nevada.  

The top uncommitted quarterback is Jack Sears from San Clemente (Calif.), who is trying to be the third Triton quarterback in the past six years to earn a spot in the finals plus Jake Haener from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista.

Other underclass quarterbacks coming include Blake Stenstrom from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian and Ben Wooldridge from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill.


RUNNING BACKS:

What will Antioch (Calif.) five-star running back Najee Harris do for an encore? He was the RB MVP a year ago and earned a tough-to-get spot for an underclassmen in The Opening Finals.  Now, the No. 1 prospect in the country in the 2017 class will try to make it two-for-two to the Finals and he's the headliner at this camp, and really, on the entire Nike Opening circuit as the best player in this class.

http://www.scout.com/player/191061-najee-harris

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola four-star running back Drake Beasley, who has double-digit offers, is another headliner at running back and he's one of the best backs in the state, just overshadowed by Harris and Stephen Carr.

http://www.scout.com/player/203332-drake-beasley

Washington State verbal Cyrus Habibi-Likio is one of the best two-way prospects in the West, also playing linebacker, but he's set to work out with the backs on Sunday.

Rising Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs back Chance Bell, who's added a number of offers in the past couple of weeks is also making the trip up from Southern California.

Other running backs expected are San Clemente (Calif.) back Brandon Reaves, Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic back Jullen Ison, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom back Ronnie Rivers, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey back Antwone Williams and Vacaville (Calif.) back Daniel Wright.


RECEIVERS:

Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon receiver Alex Cook committed to Washington last month and he's the top receiver from NorCal expected in Oakland on Sunday.  

http://www.scout.com/player/201411-alex-cook

He'll be joined by future Apple Cup rival Isaiah Hodgins from Walnut Creek (Calif.) Berean Christian, who committed to Washington State earlier this month.

USC commit Randal Grimes from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines is one of the better out-of-state receivers coming to Oakland and the future Trojan is someone we've liked when we've seen him on the 7v7 circuit.

http://www.scout.com/player/199690-randal-grimes

And another Pac-12 commit coming is Jeremiah Hawkins from Buena Park (Calif.).  Hawkins committed to California in early May, one of two Buena Park players committing to the Bears.

One of Southern California's top pass-catchers, Jamire Calvin from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral, will make a return trip to Oakland after working out a year ago in Oakland at The Opening Regional.  This time, he comes with 30 offers in his back pocket.

http://www.scout.com/player/198200-jamire-calvin

El Cerrito (Calif.) receiver Damon Cole is quickly approaching double-digit receivers and he's another Bay Area prospect coming out from a school that has produced The Opening finalists in the past.

There are a number of underclass receivers we're eager to see including Medford (Ore.) South 2018 four-star Chase Cota, who impressed at the Opening Eugene Regional a year ago and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Camren McDonald, who has been terrific in a number of events this spring.

http://www.scout.com/player/200862-chase-cota

They're two of a handful of underclass receivers with plenty of recruiting attention along with Tulare (Calif.) Union receiver Emoryie Edwards, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger receiver Andre Hunt, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Delon Hurt and Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Kobe Smith.  A 2019 receiver to watch is Antioch (Calif.) receiver Gaudie Campbell, who already has a BYU offer.

Other receivers of note include Chandler (Ariz.) receiver Johnny Johnson, Puyallup (Wash.) Emerald Ridge receiver Andrew Boston, San Diego (Calif.) Morse receiver Jaylin White and Buena Park (Calif.) receiver Victor Bates.


TIGHT ENDS:

We've been saying all year that the tight end group in the West is as good and deep as it has been in years and Oakland will be hosting so many of those, including a quartet of four-stars.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end Colby Parkinson is the best in the region and the Stanford commit will visit his future school before he camps in Oakland.

http://www.scout.com/player/197547-colby-parkinson

Sacramento is home to a pair of four-stars and both of those will be in Oakland in Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum tight end Josh Falo and Roseville (Calif.) tight end Jimmy Jaggers.

And Sacramento is also home to another top tight end and Stanford commit in Davis (Calif.) tight end Tucker Fisk, who is one of the more physical tight ends in the region.

Stanford's rivals, Cal, will also be represented with a commit in Oakland at the tight end position in Taariq Johnson from Buena Park (Calif.), the second of two future Bears from Buena Park.

http://www.scout.com/player/177672-taariq-johnson

And another one of Southern California's more pursued tight ends, Sire Woods from La Mirada (Calif.), will be back in Oakland after working out in Los Angeles.

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Erik Krommenhoek is one of the fastest rising players at the position in the West, with Arkansas, USC and UCLA his most recent offers and he'll be joined by another Bay Area tight end in Sebastian Olver from Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic.

http://www.scout.com/player/206269-erik-krommenhoek

San Clemente (Calif.) tight end Isaac Rex, a commit to BYU and Jared Poplawski from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro are a few more three-stars coming.

The top underclass tight end coming is Isaiah Foskey from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Foskey, a 2019 prospect, will take over for Devin Asiasi, who was the top tight end in the West in 2016 before signing with Michigan and Foskey already has a handful of offers.

Other tight ends of note are Max Michalczik from Tucson (Ariz.) Catalina Foothills and Jonny Neville from Wilsonville (Ore.).


OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:

Last year, the underclass lineman were some of the standouts of the Oakland regional and most of those guys are back this year, older and bigger.

El Cerrito (Calif.) lineman Aaron Banks had some great reps against Wole Betiku a year ago and earned all-underclass honors and now the four-star is back with over 20 offers.  

http://www.scout.com/player/186114-aaron-banks

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro lineman Kayden Lyles also earned all-underclass honors last year and the four-star commit to Wisconsin will look to earn all-camp honors again.

Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley tackle Jalen McKenzie also had a good day a year ago then missed his entire junior season after getting hurt in the season opener so he's been chomping at the bit to be back and Oakland will be his first event since his injury.

The top offensive tackle in NorCal is Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd four-star Alijah Vera-Tucker, who will try to join a good list of O'Dowd players in the Opening finals after a good day a year ago.

http://www.scout.com/player/203524-alijah-vera-tucker

Kingsburg (Calif.) tackle Andrew Vorhees was also in Oakland last year and now with over 20 offers to his name, is one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the West.

And Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's four-star lineman Popo Aumavae is yet another two-time participant looking to lock in a spot in the finals.

http://www.scout.com/player/200118-popo-aumavae

One of the spring's hottest line recruits is Drew Dalman from Salinas (Calif.) Palma, who's one of the top interior lineman and he's well into double-digit offers.

While a year ago, the underclassmen left the biggest impression and they're all back and inexperienced, there are still a few underclassmen this time around looking to make the same kind of impact.

One of those is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tackle Tommy Brown, a four-star on the Scout 2018 Watch List.

http://www.scout.com/player/202587-tommy-brown

Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge tackle Max Wilhite and Will Farniok from Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington are some out-of-state underclassmen coming to Oakland.

Other lineman of note are Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian guard Nicolo DiFronzo, Chandler (Ariz.) Basha lineman Jonathan Nathaniel, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral lineman Dejon Stuckey and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro lineman Jax Wacaser.



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