There were nine total pass catchers from the West Coast at The Opening when we include the tight end and athlete position and every player performed well on the big stage.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
We had to go with co-top performers as St. Brown was not only the top performer the first three days of the camp among West Coast receivers but overall as well. Unfortunately he injured his hand the first game of 7v7 on play and had to sit out the remaining games.
We still felt his body of work was enough to earn a top performer honor as he solidified himself as the nation's top receiver prospect. No one has a better get off, his ability to shake a defender at the line or out of his breaks was un-matched and he catches everything thrown near him.
Every corner, especially the kids from the South, were constantly in his ear trying to get in his head but it didn't matter as he schooled every player he went up against. St. Brown said he plans to take official visits to Notre Dame and Stanford, and will likely check out Michigan as well. Locally USC is doing well and UCLA is pushing hard as well.
Devon Williams, Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley
Williams also earns a top performer honor for his dominant showing during 7v7 play. Whereas St. Brown was tremendous in the early part of the camp, Williams took over 7v7 play and nearly helped lead his team from the losers bracket all the way to the finals.
Williams was just too big and too athletic for anyone to cover and there were games when he looked like a man among boys out there. We have always loved Williams as a college prospect but thought he needed some time to mature and polish his game. We weren't sure how he would perform on such a big stage but he answered those questions right away and flashed tremendous upside.
Williams even played some safety and looked very comfortable at that position as well, flying around and making plays. The Oregon Ducks currently lead Alabama Crimson Tide, UCLA, USC and Utah Utes, among others.
Rest of the Group (Alphabetical Order)
Chase Cota, South Medford (Ore.)
Cota was one player we had earmarked ahead of the event as a guy we thought would have a dominant performance. Unfortunately, he was one of several players that suffered an early injury and wasn't able to play during the last handful of 7v7 games.
We did like Cota early on in the event and he was solid during the Nike Camp as well. Cota has a very nice combination of size, hands and skill. He's a smart player who knows how to get open, has the body control to jump over a defender and can run well after the catch. Alabama, Cal, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC are on his short list.
Isaah Crocker, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Crocker had some electric moments and made our list of the top 10 overall performers following day two. His body control and ability to make tough catches on 50-50 balls might be the best in the region. He's a high level athlete who projects as a big play receiver in college.
Crocker has a burst to his game as well and has enough speed to run past a defense. He's very good in space and shows the ability to be dangerous in the return game as well. Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Utah are his current top six.
Solomon Enis, Phoenix (Ariz.) North Canyon
Enis was steady throughout the week and was part of a loaded receiver group that took home the championship. He used his long, athletic 6-4 frame to create separation and showed plenty of speed to get open and create space. He came up big several times on Championship Monday hauling in passes from quarterback Justin Fields and didn't drop a ball that we saw.
We liked Enis earlier in the week as well during the QB/WR workouts throwing on air. He plays a lot of quarterback for his HS team and is still learning the WR position but has a ton of upside. Penn State where his father Curtis played along with USC could be the teams to beat and Oregon and Tennessee are heavily involved as well.
Jalen Hall, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
Hall has had a target on his back for over a year with his lofty reputation creating a lot of competition. Everyone wants to knock off the top dog and at times, it looked like Hall struggled with the pressure but he had a solid showing this past weekend in Beaverton. He looked relaxed and seemed to be enjoying himself a lot more than we've seen in previous events.
Hall has a lot of physical tools to work with. He's all of 6-4, uses his body well, is a smart route runner and shows good timing in jump ball situations. We'd like to see him continue to work on his strength and top end speed but it was a nice overall performance for him. He'll cut his list to 10 soon but Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC are just a few schools on his list.
Gunner Romney, Chandler (Ariz.)
Romney was the last receiver added to The Opening after earning WR MVP honors at the Elite 11 Finals in June. He quickly showed he belonged and had a very good week. Romney is another receiver in that 6-3 range who can use his body well, catches everything with his hands and knows how to get open.
He's an underrated athlete who runs better than given credit for and was one of the real surprises of the week. Arizona State, BYU and Utah are the teams to beat right now and a decision will likely come before the summer is out.
Marquis Spiker, Murrieta Valley (Calif.)
Spiker got better and better each day and really came on during 7v7 play. He was one of the key targets for his team that made it all the way to the Championship game. Spiker isn't a dynamic athlete, but is smart, gets open easily and catches the ball extremely well.
Broken record but he was yet another West Coast WR at 6-4 and can go up and get it in a crowd. His timing on jump balls is excellent, as we've seen in pads multiple times, and he's one of those receivers we think will be a quarterbacks best friend because of how well he catches the ball and how easily he can get open. Spiker has committed to Washington.
Brevin Jordan, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Jordan caught a ton of balls over the weekend and was often times his team's go to receiver. He can work the middle of the field, has a strong, physical body and catches the ball well through contact.
At 6-3, 260 pounds, he has a unique tight end frame, being shorter but thicker than every other tight end in the camp. He's a good all around athlete and we can envision him being moved all over the field to take advantage of mismatches. He projects as a player who can block, run and catch and is a very nice fit in the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes offense.