Penn State Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

Tim Tolley@@TimTolley_BRContributor IJune 11, 2014

Penn State Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

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    Held by Nike, The Opening is a high school combine of sorts that places the country's elite prospects against one another in various competitions and drills, including a seven-on-seven tournament.

    With the success that James Franklin has had on the recruiting trail, Penn State will be well-represented in Oregon when The Opening kicks off on July 5.

    Here's a list of prospects with Nittany Lion ties who will be competing in The Opening!

Saquon Barkley: 4-Star Running Back

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    Saquon Barkley

    5'11", 190 lbs

    Whitehall, Pa.


    Recruitment Status: Committed to Penn State


    Barkley earned his invite to The Opening when he recorded a 96.78 SPARQ score and was named the running back MVP at the New Jersey Nike Football Training Camp.

    Ranked the 18th-best running back in the country, Barkley will look to prove he's a part of the elite by showing off his athleticism in head-to-head competition.

Matthew Burrell: 4-Star Offensive Lineman

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    Matthew Burrell

    6'5 3/4", 290 lbs

    Woodbridge, Va. 


    RECRUITMENT STATUS: Uncommitted 


    A combo guard/tackle, Burrell was named the offensive line MVP at the Washington, D.C. NFTC, where he was invited to The Opening. The week in Oregon will give him reps against some of the top interior defensive linemen in the country.

    Burrell recently named his top 15 schools on Twitter. Not only did Penn State make the cut, it is expected to be in the race all the way to signing day when Burrell plans to announce his commitment.

    He would nicely round out an already-stellar offensive line haul.

Adam McLean: 4-Star Defensive Tackle

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    Adam McLean

    6'2", 290 lbs

    Gaithersburg, Md.


    RECRUITMENT STATUS: Committed to Penn State


    While Burrell was named the offensive line MVP, McLean was busy winning defensive line MVP honors at the D.C. NFTC. Surprisingly explosive for his size, McLean is a load to handle off the ball and should provide some good clips in the one-on-one drills.

    Penn State has been one of McLean's most vocal recruiters and he could prove to be a valuable asset in this surrounding. He'll be the Nittany Lions' top-rated recruit at The Opening.

Brandon Wimbush: 4-Star Quarterback

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    Brandon Wimbush

    6'2", 205 lbs

    Jersey City, N.J.


    RECRUITMENT STATUS: Committed to Penn State


    Wimbush earned quarterback MVP honors at the N.J. NFTC, where he ran a 4.71 40-yard dash and was invited to The Opening. He'll also be competing in the Elite 11 quarterback competition at The Opening.

    While Wimbush insists he is a pocket passer with the ability to scramble rather than an athlete playing quarterback, his athleticism is what sets him apart.

    It will be interesting to see how he compares to other dual-threat signal-callers in the agility drills. Moreover, the Elite 11 competition really focuses on the mental aspect of the position.

Juwan Johnson: 4-Star Wide Receiver

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    Juwan Johnson

    6'4", 200 lbs

    Glassboro, N.J.


    RECRUITMENT STATUS: Committed to Penn State


    Johnson shined at the Jersey NFTC, drawing comparisons to Keyshawn Johnson. The lengthy track star is considered the 17th-best receiver prospect in the country and could be a player to watch in the overall standings for the top SPARQ score at The Opening.

    Keep an eye out for which seven-on-seven squad Johnson lands on. He's a guy who can excel in that type of setting. If he ends up on the same team as Wimbush, it's an extra treat for Penn State fans.


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