Seattle Opening Regional: Top Five Offense & Defense

June 2 -- A look at the top five offensive and defensive performers at The Opening Seattle...

Top Five Offense


QB Connor Neville, Wilsonville (Ore.)

Two years after jumping on to the screen at a regional event, the Washington State commit won QB MVP honors in the state he'll play his college ball.

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


RB Connor Wedington, Sumner (Wash.)

Wedington won SPARQ MVP honors, on his birthday, with a 123.27 and looked terrific during the day when he was working with the running backs.

http://www.scout.com/player/197643-connor-wedington


TE Hunter Bryant, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic

Bryant became the first tight end to win MVP honors at the shared WR/TE spot and the Washington commit earned a spot in The Opening Finals.

http://www.scout.com/player/195465-hunter-bryant


OT Foster Sarell, Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin

Sarell was the most dominant offensive lineman in Seattle, which is what you'd expect from the No. 1 tackle nationally, and he won OL MVP and punched his ticket to The Opening Finals.

http://www.scout.com/player/183469-foster-sarell


OT Dontae Powell, Richland (Wash.)

The Washington State verbal played with violence throughout the day and made it to the Final Five.

http://www.scout.com/player/199434-dontae-powell


Top Five Defense


DL Xavier Banner, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes

Banner was the surprise on the defensive line, winning DL MVP honors.  While he projects as an outside linebacker in college, Banner showed his speed and quickness off the edge as a pass-rusher.

http://www.scout.com/player/193483-xavier-banner


LB Andrew Aleki, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha

Aleki was stout in coverage, staying with running backs in the flats but also bodying bigger tight ends up the seams to eliminate passing windows.

http://www.scout.com/player/207404-andrew-aleki


LB Tayler Katoa, Layton (Utah)

A quarterback for his high school team, this was Katoa's first time working exclusively at linebacker at an event, and he looked plenty comfortable in open space.

http://www.scout.com/player/189914-tayler-katoa


DB DeAngelo Gibbs, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson

Gibbs came all the way across the country to land his second straight invitation to The Opening Finals and did so, en route to earning DB MVP honors.

http://www.scout.com/player/182072-deangelo-gibbs


DB Demetrius Douglas, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Douglas was the top West Coast defensive back in attendance and made a push for DB MVP honors.

http://www.scout.com/player/201926-demetrius-douglas


Mountain/Southwest analyst Blair Angulo contributed to this compilation


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