The Opening Super Team Offense
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
Tagovailoa is on quite a roll right now and there isn't a hotter quarterback anywhere in the country. He had arguably the top performance at the Elite 11 semi-finals in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and kept the momentum going leading his team to a 7v7 championship and taking home MVP honors. His arm strength is tremendous and what everyone talks about but Tagovailoa has made huge strides in his decision making, accuracy and timing and should be in the discussion for top overall QB in the nation. He's currently committed to Alabama but said he will take his visits with USC being one school he has mentioned.
Davis Mills, QB, Atlanta (Ga.) Greater Christian School
Mills was a like a machine once he got rolling. He started off a little slow, but he got into a rhythm by the end of the event. He was very sharp with accuracy, he made quick decisions, and he made every throw with ease. Mills is a strong Stanford commitment. He plans to get back out there this fall for a game and he is not looking anywhere else. He is a future Cardinal.
Cam Akers, RB, Clinton (Miss.)
Akers was lining up at running back, in the slot and at wide receiver at The Opening. He is an elite talent and the five star showed great hands, acceleration and versatility last week. He scored touchdowns when lining up at multiple positions. Akers is nowhere near a decision at this time, but he is starting to focus on less schools. Some of the schools still in the race for this five star are Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Out of these schools, Auburn and FSU may be towards the bottom right now.
Stephen Carr, RB, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Carr, currently rated the No. 2 RB and No. 7 player in the nation, is one of those backs who does everything well. He has a great frame, is a powerful runner with quickness, speed, the ability to change direction and shows great hands out of the backfield. He's currently committed to USC but will take his visits and mentioned Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, Miami, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington as schools heavily recruiting him now.
Colby Parkinson, TE, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Every time we looked up, Parkinson was running wide open and it's easy to see his potential is not just as a great college player but a Sunday player as well. He measured out at 6-foot-7, 222 pounds and was making plays down the field all week. He's both an intermediate threat on key 3rd down situations but has the athleticism to get deep and showed as good of hands as anyone we saw. Parkinson is rock solid in his commitment to Stanford.
Grant Calcaterra, TE, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Calcaterra was one of the big surprises of the week but in reality, it really shouldn't have been. He's a big receiver with very good size, speed and hands so allowing him to play tight end against a linebacker is a major mismatch. Depending on how much weight he puts on, he'll be able to line up in a variety of positions and should do big things for Oklahoma at the next level.
Trevon Grimes, WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Grimes really put on a show last week. He has always had the tools, but he has not always shown what he showed at this event — an attitude. He went after the ball, he played with some fire, and he really showed what he can be on the next level. Grimes is set to commit August 25, and unless he pulls a shocker, it will be Ohio State. He plays football in Florida, but he is from Indiana, and he is likely heading back to the midwest. Florida, Florida State and Miami are the schools trailing the Buckeyes at this time.
Tyjon Lindsey, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Lindsey's team was surprisingly bounced early on Sunday after looking like the tournament favorite on Saturday. He still performed at a high level as always and is the top slot receiver in the nation in our eyes. He combines short area quickness with great route running, hands and the ability to make a big play after the catch. Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon look like the teams to beat right now.
Devonta Smith, WR, Amite (La.)
Smith showcased his speed and his ability to get behind coverage. He caught numerous long touchdowns and he was one of the better route runners at The Opening. His hands are good and he is very fluid as well. Smith is planning to make his decision on August 15 and he is down to Alabama, Miami, Mississippi State and Nebraska. The Crimson Tide is considered the big favorite here.
Joseph Lewis, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins
Lewis was banged up and had to sit out part of Sunday's championship round. When he did play, there wasn't a more impressive receiver. Some guys are bigger, some are faster and some may have better hands but we didn't see anyone who matched his combination of all three traits. Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC are the front runners right now.
Foster Sarell, OT, Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin
Sarell is the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2017 class and looks like a college lineman right now. He was outstanding all week at The Opening, making the Final Five and was the most dominant lineman there. He's a natural tackle with great feet and athleticism with technique and strength to go along with it. His footwork is what you see in next level lineman, a tribute to his basketball background. He made a major case to be ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Sarell is highest on Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington but Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska and UCLA are still in the mix.
Alex Leatherwood, OT, Pensacola (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Leatherwood continued to impress on the big stage last week and he was winning at a high percentage. He was good against the speed rushers, he was good against the bigger ends, and overall, he was one of the top performers of the entire event. He is so naturally strong and it showed. Leatherwood is an Alabama commitment, but he is still eyeing other schools, and planning to take some official visits. He was recently at USC, and the Trojans impressed him. Florida, Miami and Michigan are also on his list of schools he could potentially take official visits to.
Wyatt Davis, OG, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Davis was terrific at The Opening and made a big push to be ranked as the No. 1 overall guard prospect in the nation (he's currently No. 2). Davis more than held his own showing a rare combination of size, strength, balance and toughness and he played both inside and outside over the course of the week. The five-star committed to Ohio State in June.
Cesar Ruiz, C, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Ruiz was stoning defensive lineman after defensive lineman last week. He has great lower body strength, he showed great punch, and he was rarely pushed backwards. It is hard to find a better center out there in 2017. Ruiz is considered to be a strong Alabama lean at this time, but there are others involved here. One to watch is Michigan, but like the Wolverines, all others are chasing the Crimson Tide right now.
Walker Little, OT, Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal
Little is just massively big and if he gets the correct positioning and gets his hands on you then you can pretty much guarantee that it is over. He was a consistent top five pick and ended the competition on a very high note dominating two-of-three of the final reps against Drew Jordan. He has a huge upside. Ole Miss, Stanford and Texas are though to be the schools that have the most serious chance of landing him.
Jamaree Salyer, OG, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy - 2018
Salyer is very advanced for his age. He was one of the handful of underclassmen selected for this event and he showed he belonged. He is wide, he is strong, and he was consistent. His hand placement and feet made him what he was at The Opening. Salyer is a five star junior, so it is still somewhat early for him in recruiting, but there are two schools that sit atop his list — Clemson and Georgia. Most feel the in-state school, Georgia has the edge, but he is not planning to make a decision until next year.
The Opening Super Team Defense
VanDarius Cowan, OLB, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Cowan looks like a college senior, not one in high school, and what stood out most at The Opening was the way he moved in space and how he could cover. He is a jumbo-athlete who can be used in many ways at the next level. Cowan is committed to Alabama and he is locked in on the Crimson Tide. All he is doing now and recruiting other players to join him in Tuscaloosa.
Anthony Hines, ILB, Plano (Texas) East
We all know that he is a headhunter on the tape and he racks up a lot of tackles playing sideline-to-sideline and that ability was verified on the field in the seven-on-seven action. He was good in coverage and can move laterally to pursue. A new age of linebackers may be in the Hines' mold. He named his Top 10 at The Opening: Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA.
Jamyest Williams, DB, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Williams was one of the smallest defensive backs, but like he did a year ago at The Opening, he played big. He was in on numerous pass break-ups showing great quickness and anticipation in coverage. He just plays with an edge. Williams released a top five at The Opening and on that list was Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Behind the scenes, the Gamecocks seem to have some momentum here. Williams plans to commit silently soon, then announce it publicly during the season.
Darnay Holmes, CB, Calabasas (Calif.)
Holmes came in to The Opening with a big rep to live up to and did just that. He kicked off the week with a big time testing performance running back to back 4.32 and 4.35 in the 40 and then was one of the standouts during 7v7 play. Holmes can play corner and receiver and saw action on both sides of the ball. On defense, he played a lot of nickel but projects as a true, lockdown boundary corner capable of taking away his half of the field. He has a rare combination of both short area quickness and top end speed, physicality, instincts and is a very competitive kid as well. He's set up official visits with Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State and is also considering the two hometown schools, UCLA and USC.
Ambry Thomas, CB, Detroit (Mich.) King
Thomas was one of the more reliable targets of any team at the Opening, able to work the underneath routes with quickness before breaking out during deep shots with his top end speed. The 4.43 he clicked Friday was no hoax. Right now, Thomas has been talking about Florida a lot, he's been to Arkansas, he's been to Nebraska. I think Ohio State and Notre Dame are still in it. That said, I think the very likely scenario is that he stays in-state. Michigan is trending, but he has a lot of connections to Michigan State too.
Lamont Wade, CB, Clairton (Pa.)
Wade was physical and showed his closing speed in tracking receivers deep and across the field. His change of direction was exceptional and many times quarterbacks did not even challenge him. He was low and smooth in his backpedal, and he read plays very well. He recently visited Alabama, will be at Penn State for Saturday's Lasch Bash, and is looking at trips to Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State and West Virginia prior to the start of the season. He said he already set official visits to Tennessee (Sept. 24 vs. Florida), UCLA (Nov. 19 vs. USC) and Alabama (Nov. 26 vs. Auburn).
Bubba Bolden, S, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Bolden plays with a big time edge to him and is one of those guys you just never feel too comfortable playing against. He's very physical and has the size to be tough in the run game but is a fluid athlete, very rangy and showed he's among the top cover safeties in the nation as well. Bolden is currently committed to USC but schools like Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA are pushing hard as well.
Robert Barnes, S, Southlake (Texas) Carroll
Barnes has been categorized by many as being an ‘in the box’ type of player once he arrives on the next level, and he could still grow into that, but he showed his coverage skills are elite as well. Vapor Speed shut down the middle of the field and he was the captain of that ship. He runs the field well, is smart and has a nose for the football. Barnes is committed to Oklahoma.
Richard LeCounte, S, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
What stood out most about LeCounte was his recognition, speed to the ball and ball skills. He is a little undersized at saftey, but he is one of the best in the country. He picked off three passes and knocked down many more. LeCounte is constantly talking up Georgia, the school he is committed to, on social media, and he is considered to be a strong commit, but he is still going to take visits. Ohio State and Miami both are in line to receive official visits from LeCounte. It will be a bit of a surprise though if he does not sign with Georgia.
Isaiah Pola-Mao, S, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
You won't find too many safeties at any level with the size Pola-Mao possesses. He's all of 6-foot-4, 200 pounds but can run, clocking a 4.56-40 during testing and jumped 36" in the vertical. He got his hands on a ton of footballs and although some will say he'll have to move to linebacker because he's too big for safety, he showed he has the skill set and range to play safety at a high level in college. Arizona State and Washington are on him hardest and Notre Dame and USC are involved as well.
Jaelan Phillips, DE, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Phillips is one of the nation's top defensive end prospects and had a strong showing at The Opening Finals. Phillips is still getting used to playing with his hand down and rushing out of a three point stance after playing primarily linebacker the past few seasons. That's the thing with Phillips, as good as he is now, he's not even close to hitting his ceiling and his upside is off the charts. He was chosen as one of the top five defensive linemen in the event by the Student Sports staff to take part in the 'best on best' competition Sunday and actually took a rep from tackle Foster Sarell, who was arguably the best player in this event, regardless of position. Phillips has a great frame, measured in at 6-foot-5, 241 pounds, with plenty of room to pack on an additional 20 pounds or so. He remains a solid commit to UCLA.
Chase Young, DE, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic
Young brought speed off the edge, and he was able to use his quick hands to keep the offensive linemen off of him. His ability to get low despite being 6-foot-5 1/2 showed his flexibility and balance. He was not afraid to try different moves, and won reps with speed and by feigning outside and cutting inside. In recruiting, Young will visit Alabama this weekend and he will be at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 22. He is also giving very hard looks to USC, Oregon, Maryland, Florida and Notre Dame.
Jordan Williams, DT, Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox
Williams used his length well in keeping offensive linemen from having a strong punch at the snap, and he was quick with his feet. He showed surprising strength, and his burst enabled him to win reps with his first two steps. He was one of the surprises of the event. In recruiting, Williams is down to Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is announcing Aug. 6.
K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
If you are looking for a great speed rusher on the edge then Chaisson is the prototype. In addition to a great first step he also has a great frame checking in at 6-foot-4, 217 pounds. He ran better than some skill position guys with a 4.69 40-yard dash. He wants to play and is a perfect fit for the ‘Fox’ hybrid DE/OLB position in college. He named a To 10, but placed Oklahoma, Houston and LSU at the top.
Xavier Thomas, DE, Florence (S.C.) Wilson
Thomas was elite off the edge going up against those who are a year older than him. Not only did he show a great burst off the ball, but he showed power and the ability to use his hands. Thomas is a freak off the edge and he has a top four of Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina. He grew up a Florida State fan, but he will be hard to pull out of the Palmetto State. Clemson and South Carolina will likely fight this one out.
B.J. Foster, Angleton (Texas) - (2018)
Foster should be considered as one of the top underclassmen present and will be threatening for future five-star status on Scout. Rated as an athlete his future is in the defensive backfield. he has long arms and is rangy, but at the same time he is well put together. His game sealing interception in overtime was a huge factor in Vapor Speed’s championship run. He will get all of the offers.
Scout analysts Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins, Greg Powers and John Garcia contributed to the super team compilation.