FOXSportsNEXT reported live from Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., with analysis on top performers from The Opening. We break down the Mountaineers prospects performances and update their recruitment.
Scouting Reports / Recruiting Updates:
Braxton Berrios, WR (Raleigh, N.C.) – Berrios was arguably one of the top performers of the event. At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, the slot receiver displayed his quickness and overall agility. He made the SPARQ finals after posting a short shuttle of 3.81, forty time of 4.48 and vertical jump of 41-inches.
Berrios holds over 20 offers, but recently named five schools standing out the most. Those schools were South Carolina, Clemson, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see other schools jump into the mix. He's intrigued by the offense of the Mountaineers. A slot receiver of his caliber could easily flourish in a spread system.
M.J. Stewart, DB (Arlington, Va.) – Stewart was one of the most consistent players during his time at The Opening. He impressed during individual drills displaying solid footwork and side-to-side movement. During the 7-on-7 portion of the camp, Stewart made several nice plays, breaking on the ball smoothly.
Stewart is expecting to make a decision in the next few weeks. He recently named a top four of North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. The thought from here is WVU isn't the leader and likely has some ground to make up – which may prove to be difficult given his timeline for a decision.
Sean White, QB (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – The 6-foot-3, 180 pound signal caller really impressed during his time in Oregon. White showed great accuracy and appeared to move well during each drill session. One of the most impressive attributes shown by White was his arm strength and ability to fit the ball in a tight window.
White's value has steadily increased over the last couple of weeks, and that trend is likely to continue after his showing. White, who holds a West Virginia offer, is believed to have Wisconsin as the team to beat. The Mountaineers already have a quarterback commitment (William Crest) for 2014 – so getting another isn't a must. However, White is an extreme talent tht the Mountaineers would love to have.
Montae Nicholson, S (Monroeville, Pa.) – Nicholson's scouting report is a bit different than most because he played offense while on the field. He's being recruited mainly on defense, and only played offense to have fun. He has a strong body (6-3, 200 lbs.) and plays very physically – an attribute that could help on offense or defense.
Nicholson has played his recruitment close to the vest, and often makes it difficult to gauge his favorites. He is expected, however, to trim his list once returning from The Opening. It's expected West Virginia could be a competitor until the end for his services.
Trevion Thompson, WR (Durham, N.C.) – Thompson was listed by FOXSportsNEXT East recruiting analyst Brian Dohn as a day two surprise. At 6-3 and 180 pounds, he displayed excellent body control and seemingly always found himself behind the defense. He has a combination of size, speed and athletic ability – a reason he's rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
Just last week Thompson revealed his top six schools – West Virginia, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and North Carolina State. A decision by Thompson isn't necessarily right around the corner, but also isn't a long way off. He's stated he plans to decide when he's completely comfortable. He's planning to visit West Virginia on July 27.