Some of the best college football prospects in the nation are getting together for Nike's showcase recruiting event "The Opening" and it's a must-watch, as elite players are featured on each team.
The rosters are loaded with five-star talent and highly-touted recruits who will be looking to one-up each other and prove their abilities on a big stage.
There are 162 players in total making up these rosters, and more than a few are household names in class of 2014 recruiting. Most of the blue-chip recruits of this class will be taking their talents to Oregon this week.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for Nike's The Opening.
Dates and Times
Monday, July 1, 7 p.m. ET—SPARQ Rating National Championship
Tuesday, July 2, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET—7 on 7 Pool Play
Wednesday, July 3, 9 p.m.-midnight ET—Lineman Challenge Finals and 7 on 7 Finals
All telecasts will be shown on ESPNU.
Rosters and Invites
All roster information courtesy of Student Sports
|QB Will Grier||QB Keller Chryst|
|QB Andrew Ford|
|RB Charles Buchannon||RB Derrell Scott|
|WR JuJu Smith||WR Ermon Lane|
|WR Curtis Samuel||WR Corey Holmes|
|TE Henry Mondeaux||OL Bentley Spain|
|OL Isaiah Wynn||OL Montel McBride|
|DL Andrew Brown||DL Josh Frazier|
|DL Andrew Williams||OL/DL Jacob Bragg|
|LB Dante Booker||LB Richard Yeargin|
|LB Joey Alfieri||CB Damon Webb|
|CB Chris Hardeman||CB Duke Dawson|
|CB Iman Marshall||S Brandon Simmons|
|S Armani Watts||ATH Parris Campbell|
|QB Jacob Park||QB Kyle Allen|
|QB Brad Kaaya|
|RB Joe Mixon||RB Royce Freeman|
|WR Miciah Quick||WR KD Cannon|
|WR Artavis Scott||WR Trevion Thompson|
|TE Jeb Blazevich||OL Viane Talamaivao|
|OL Quenton Nelson||OL Tanner Farmer|
|DL Da'Shawn Hand||DL Ainuu Taua|
|DL Anthony Moten||OL/DL Joe Henderson|
|LB Raekwon McMillan||LB D.J. Calhoun|
|LB Rashaan Evans||CB Quincy Wilson|
|CB Terrance Alexander||CB John Plattenburg|
|CB Kavin Alexander||S John Bonney|
|S CJ Hampton||ATH Budda Baker|
|QB Sean White||QB Morgan Mahalak|
|QB Luke Rubenzer|
|RB Elijah Hood||RB Jeff Jones|
|WR Malachi Dupre||WR Erik Brown|
|WR Thaddeus Snodgrass||WR Braxton Berrios|
|TE Chase Blakley||OL Damien Mama|
|OL Kyle Trout||OL Kammy Delp|
|DL Solomon Thomas||DL Jalyn Holmes|
|DL Garrald McDowell||-|
|LB Dwight Williams||LB Chris Register|
|LB Matthew Adams||CB Adoree' Jackson|
|CB Adarius Pickett||CB Kendarius Webster|
|CB Minkah Fitzpatrick||S Jamal Adams|
|S Trey Marshall||ATH Austin Roberts|
|QB K.J. Carta Samuels||QB DeShone Kizer|
|QB Drew Barker|
|RB Dalvin Cook||RB Racean Thomas|
|WR Allen Lazard||WR Travis Rudolph|
|WR JoJo Robinson||WR Terry McLaurin|
|TE Dalton Schultz||OL Cameron Robinson|
|OL Kenyon Frison||OL Corey Martinez|
|DL Gerald Willis||DL Thomas Holley|
|DL Chad Thomas||OL/DL Dylan Thompson|
|LB Nyles Morgan||LB Jamardre Cobb|
|LB Bryson Allen-Williams||CB Tony Brown|
|CB Arrion Springs||CB Chris Lammons|
|CB Jonathan Lockett||S C.J. Reavis|
|S Mattrell McGraw||ATH Montae Nicholson|
|QB David Blough||QB David Cornwell|
|QB Stephen Collier|
|RB Leonard Fournette||RB Shai McKenzie|
|WR Drake Harris||WR Josh Malone|
|WR Johnnie Dixon||WR Speedy Noil|
|TE KC Crosby||OL Demetrius Knox|
|OL Trevor Darling||OL J.C. Hassenauer|
|DL Lorenzo Carter||DL Bijhon Jackson|
|DL Derek Barnett||OL/DL Marcus Griffin|
|LB Clifton Garrett||LB Christian Miller|
|LB Shaun Hamilton||CB Jalen Tabor|
|CB Jaleel Wadood||CB Kyle Gibson|
|CB M.J. Stewart||S Ronald Walker|
|S Derwin James||ATH Treon Harris|
|QB DeShaun Watson||QB Manny Wilkims|
|QB Jerrod Heard|
|RB Joseph Yearby||RB Nick Chubb|
|WR Lorenzo Joe||WR De'Andre Thompkins|
|WR Justin Brent||WR T.V. Williams|
|TE Ian Bunting||OL Roderick Taylor|
|OL Toa Lobendahn||OL Brian Allen|
|DL Kentavius Street||DL Khairi Clark|
|DL Enoch Smith Jr.||-|
|LB Kain Daub||LB Dillon Bates|
|LB Kyle Berger||CB Ed Paris|
|CB Wesley Green||CB Naijiel Hale|
|CB Troy Vincent||S Quin Blanding|
|S Dylan Sumner-Gardner||ATH George Campbell|
Top Recruits to Watch
Da'Shawn Hand, Defensive End
My pick for the most exciting player in The Opening also happens to be the most talented prospect in the nation in Da'Shawn Hand.
The 6'5", 247-pound pass rusher has emerged as the most dangerous defensive player in the class of 2014, and the top-ranked recruit overall according to 247Sports.
His size and athleticism matches the perfect blueprint to be an unstoppable rusher in today's world of football. Hand's speed to get around the corner is only topped by his undeniable strength in shedding blockers.
He's not the physical specimen that Jadeveon Clowney is, but with a few years of a top college workout plan, he could be. At worst, he's a Julius Peppers breed and that's a heck of an 'at worst' to say the least.
Hand will be on team #Apolcalypse with fellow elite recruit Raekwon McMillan, who will line up at linebacker, and it'll be awfully tough to score against that duo.
Quin Blanding, Safety
The five-star safety has tops the charts at his position in the 2014 class, and it's no surprise. This kid can defend, pursue and make big plays.
The 6'2", 220-pound Blanding is cerebral in his play, with his biggest strengths being the ability to decipher runs from passes and get in on any action. You'll rarely see him away from the ball carrier during runs, but he's always ball-hawking and looking to keep the deep ball contained.
He's never found out of position, and tends to always be in the right place in the right time. That's an underrated trait for a safety, as they're the last line of defense in almost any case.
Blanding will be balling it up for #VaporCarbon, and is currently committed to Virginia.
David Cornwell, Quarterback
David Cornwell, everybody. Get used to the name, because he's the next quarterback to step into the shadow of Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron.
He's committed to Alabama, where he'll look to continue the role of playing in a comfortable offense and managing games to multiple national titles.
However, Cornwell will be able to bring to Tuscaloosa what neither of the previous QBs did, and that's the potential of being an elite quarterback. The 6'5", 230-pound gunslinger is a prototypical NFL quarterback as a high schooler, and with some fine tuning and a successful college career, he'll be playing on Sundays.
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