Jaelan Phillips

The Opening Top 10 Performers on Offense and Defense

July 9 -- Scout looks at the Top 10 performers at The Opening so far, and the list includes some UCLA prospects...



Quarterback Tate Martell is the definition of competitor. When the one-on-ones started he proved it. He completed pass after pass finding a way to get the ball to his wide receivers and could fit it into a tight windoe. Its hard to have instant rapport, but Martell found a way to get it done. He is committed to Ohio State. 


ATH J.K. Dobbins

Dobbins was the Nike+ Football Rating champion with a 146.76 rating that included a 4.45 40-yard dash and a 4.09 pro-shuttle, but that was not all. He was also very slick in the the one-on-ones and was one of the quickest guys at the camp. He is hard to contain. Dobbins is verbally committed to Ohio State. 


RB Najee Harris

The nation's No. 1 running back showed why with his excellent body control, great burst and his change of direction. But what stood out the most was his desire to compete. He took more reps than anyone, and always wanted to be at the front of the line. Harris is committed Alabama, but he's still a little open and considering UCLA. 


RB Cam Akers

Akers showed how explosive that he is. He has good hands and is very coordinated. He as good in the cat and mouse drill. He was also strong in testing with a 4.41 40-yard dash, which is really moving at his size.  Akers is considering a long list of schools including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  


WR Trevon Grimes

Big receiver but it was surprising how he ran past smaller defensive backs down the field. He was on fire today.  He was playing with an attitude and a lot of confidence. He was snatching the ball away from his body, he was making play after play, and he did a lot of talking. Ohio State leads Florida, FSU and Miami. 


Jack Anderson

Anderson showed just how versatile a prospect he is. Rated as the No. 1 center he was fierce playing guard. He is smart and strong. Plays in a option-based offense but you would not have guessed it by his technique and skills. Anderson is committed to Texas Tech. 


WR Jeff Thomas

One of the fastest players in testing with a 4.38 40-yard dash and he was the fastest player when they lined up and raced. Thomas used that speed and his ability to cut at full speed to consistently get open and make catches in one-on-ones. Considering offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri and Texas A&M. 


OT Foster Sarell

Sarell was arguably the top lineman on either side of the ball and won every one of his one on ones reps. Has great feet for a big lineman and moves with ease, is very strong and has tremendous upside. Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame are all chasing him. 


OT Josh Myers

Myers, who is another massive offensive lineman at the event, was very strong in the one-on-ones.  He had a great base, he anchored well, and he won a lot reps against top defensive linemen. Myers is committed to Ohio State. 


WR Tyjon Lindsey

Lindsey was so quick, and tough to touch coming off the line of scrimmage. He created immediate space, he ran past coverage, and he will be a nightmare for defensive backs in the slot on the next level. There are many schools in the mix for Lindsey like Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ohio State and USC. 


VanDarius Cowan moved downhill quickly but his body control was outstanding. He was rarely caught leaning the wrong way, and his length made it tough for running backs to get around him.  He is committed to Alabama.

Darnay Holmes was one of the more physical defensive backs Friday.  He was out there rep after rep and he broke up a couple of passes.  He then tried a little offense as well. Holmes has official visits scheduled with Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State, then plans to visit UCLA and USC unofficially before committed at the Army All-american game.

The five-star safety Jeffrey Okudah finished No. 2 in the Sparq testing and he was also very solid in the one-on-one portion of the camp of the event.  He has safety size with corner skills.  Okudah favors Ohio State currently with Oklahoma being another school to keep an eye on.

Safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell  made two of the top plays of the day in one-on-ones, running with five-star receiver Jalen Hall and grabbing an over the shoulder interception. Then he, after initially having to recover, caught up and made a beautiful break up which drew a lot of cheers from the crowd against Jeremiah Holloman. ArkansasMichiganNebraskaNotre Dame and Ohio State are the main schools for Kelly-Powell.

Jaelan Phillips had his jersey torn on his first rep of the day but was virtually unblockable all day long. He's a converted linebacker and this was the first time we've actually seen him play with his hand down rather than rushing in a two point stance. The UCLA commit was able to speed rush just about every tackle he went up against but was also able to win a few reps with a bull rush or a nice outside-in move.

Patrick Surtain is only a junior, but he stood out throughout the training camp in the afternoon.  He is long, but was strong in coverage, and he made plays on the ball.  He currently favors LSU with Florida State running No. 2.

Ambry Thomas is a complete cover man. Thomas caught up with five-star receiver Joseph Lewis and went up high to grab an interception. He's a big, fast corner who is tough to beat. He ran a 4.43 second in the 40 yard dash in testing as well.  Michigan and Michigan State are the main two with Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State among others hanging around.

Jay Tufele had a very good workout and was our top defensive tackle of the day. He has great quickness for an interior lineman, uses his hands well and can really get up the field. He's still learning technique and counter moves but right now, he's able to get by strictly using his strength and initial burst off the snap. Tufele is currently looking at BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah.

Leonard Warner really stood out at linebacker on Friday.  He was aggressive, but under control, and he had a very strong showing in the cat and mouse session.  He showed good length and the ability to stay with some of the best running backs in the country.  Georgia and Georgia Tech are his favorites.

Jordan Williams is an impressive looking rush end with a college body right now. He looks all of 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and showed a nice combination of strength, physicality and quickness. He's versatile enough to line up inside or outside at the next level but worked out with the rush ends today and was very good. ClemsonTennessee, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Brandon Huffman, Greg Powers and Allen Trieu contributed to this report.


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