The 2018 version of the The Opening Los Angeles Regional on Sunday produced a collection of top talent, but none as impressive as the linebacker group that featured seven Scout 300 athletes. That group produced five of the 11 The Opening Finals invites handed out at El Camino College in Gardena, Calif.
One of the camp's position coaches went as far as to say that it was the best linebacker group he's ever seen at an Opening regional.
That collection of talent included the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2018 class, Palaie Gaoteote, along with No. 29 Solomon Tuliaupupu and No. 41 Bo Calvert. Gaoteote and Calvert are USC commits while Tuliaupupu is a Trojan target. But it was another of USC's linebacker commits that stole the show.
Harbor City (Calif.) Nathaniel Narbonne outside linebacker Raymond Scott, No. 46 in the country, was excellent in space covering running backs and tight ends and terrific in the one-on-one 'tackling' drills. The 6-foot-2, 220 pounder showed a complete skill set that earned him MVP honors for the linebacker group.
"There are a lot of good dudes out here -- Merlin [Robertson], the boy from Gorman [Gaoteote]," Scott said. "There's a lot of competition, so I had to come with the mindset that I've got to play to the best of my ability, what I can do to be the best. I came out to showcase today and I thank God for keeping me motivated and focused to do what's right and do what needs to get done."
Scott was also one of the five linebackers to 'Get Open' earning an invitation to Oregon for The Opening Finals this summer.
"Even as a little kid, you always see this Opening thing. You always want to do this," Scott said. "I always wanted to come here and do what I've got to do, so dream came reality and here I am."
Watch Raymond Scott, above, talk about being named the linebacker MVP in a loaded position group at The Opening Los Angeles Regional and the latest with his commitment to USC.
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