The Opening 2013: Daily Results, News and Analysis

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 2, 2013


The SPARQ Championship of The Opening 2013 kicked off on Monday in Beaverton, Ore. featuring top-10 SPARQ performers Speedy Noil, Nick Chubb, Terry McLaurin, Tony Brown, Elijah Hood, Braxton Berrios, Joey Alfieri, Edward Paris, Lorenzo Carter and Trey Marshall.


UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 12:26 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Elite 11 announced their final QB rankings:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 12:17 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren supplies the list of Elite 11 finalists, led by MVP Sean White, along with some quotes from Trent Dilfer.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4 at 12:05 a.m. ET by Justin Onslow

As ESPN's Recruiting Nation reported on Twitter, the final Elite 11 quarterbacks have been announced. The list includes several impressive names, including MVP Sean White:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 3 at 11:15 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow

All four previously mentioned recruits expected to announce their decision have now officially declared their commitment.

Four-star linebacker Dillon Bates made the announcement on his personal Twitter account:

Brandon Huffman of Fox Sports reported linebacker Derik Calhoun's commitment to USC:

Corey Dowlar of ESPN reported 4-star safety Trey Marshall will attend Florida State:

Likewise, Corey Martinez announced his commitment to Florida State, thanking everyone for their support:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 3 at 9:36 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to Michael Carvell of, 4-star lineman recruit Kendall Baker has committed to the University of Georgia. 


As Brian Stumpf of The Opening tweets, four more high-profile recruits are expected to make commitments at the camp. 


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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 3 at 9:15 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

With the seven-on-seven tournament all wrapped up, Brandon Huffman of Fox Sports provided the updates on awards for the entire tournament, including the announcement of quarterback Sean White as tournament MVP:


And the all-tournament team roster:


Ainuu Taua was named the one-on-one defensive line MVP


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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 3  at 8:03 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow

The final day of the Opening features linemen challenges and the finale of the event's seven-on-seven championships. As the Opening tweeted Wednesday evening, No. 6 seed Alpha Pro beat the No. 3 seed Land Sharks 18-12 to secure a championship matchup with the No. 2 Field Generals:

The Opening also tweeted a photo of the Field Generals' uniforms for the seven-on-seven event:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 3  at 1:10 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The Elite 11 quarterback rankings came out on Wednesday, and one omission may surprise you.

Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted:

Carvell added:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2 at 11:10 p.m. ET by Steven Cook

The Opening is all about athletes showcasing their talents, but many elite players take the time to announce their college decisions and five marquee athletes took the time to do that on Tuesday.

Erik Brown started it off, committing to Washington on Tuesday night according to The Opening. He picked the Huskies over Boise State, California, Oregon State and UCLA. The four-star wide receiver is ranked as the 17th-best receiver in the country, per 247Sports

Next, four-star cornerback Arrion Springs announced Oregon as his college choice according to Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, spurning Texas with a last-second jab of getting his commitment hats confused. 

Safety Jaleel Wadood kept the West Coast theme going, announcing that he'd be playing with the California Golden Bears, per VanHaaren.

Four-star cornerback Naijiel Hale was next, choosing Arizona as his destination for college ball, per VanHaaren. 

Highly-touted receiver Artavis Scott finished off Tuesday's announcements by giving the Clemson Tigers a big boost in their 2014 recruiting class, according to on Twitter:

Five programs got some great news from these developments, as some of the most dangerous high school football studs in the nation have spilled the beans on their college plans.


UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The Alpha Pro won the first game in the seven-on-seven competitions on Tuesday, defeating Super Bad, 30-12, via The Opening. The Vapor Carbon defeated the Land Sharks, 20-14.

The Apocalypse later defeated the Field Generals, 43-6. In the victory, Jacob Park and Brad Kaaya had three touchdowns each. 

Then the Field Generals turned around and beat the Vapor Carbon, 26-16, as Sean White passed for three second-half touchdowns.

The Apocalypse and Super Bad followed, with the Apocalypse winning a nail-biter, 16-14.

Super Bad then defeated Vapor Carbon, 20-8. The Land Sharks defeated Alpha Pro, 20-7.

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The official Twitter account of The Opening 2013 tweeted out the pre-qualifying scores of the SPARQ finalists to start things off. 

The top scorer headed into the finals, athlete Speedy Noil, registered a score of 153.51. He was followed by (in order): running back Nick Chubb (143.91), wide receiver Terry McLaurin (141.96), cornerback Tony Brown (136.26), running back Elijah Hood (133.47), wide receiver Braxton Berrios (131.37), linebacker Joey Alfieri (131.28), defensive back Ed Paris (130.80), defensive end Lorenzo Carter (129.75) and defensive back Trey Marshall (126.99).

ESPNU noted during the competition that players with a SPARQ rating of 110 or better were 14 times more likely to earn a scholarship. Running backs with a 4.65 or better in the 40-yard dash are seven times more likely to grab a scholarship. Running backs with a rating of 85 or better are nine times more likely to be drafted in the first two rounds.

Marshall and Carter got things off to a hot start on Monday, posting vertical jumps of 39.3" and 41", respectively. Berrios was next with a 40.9" vertical. 

Brown wasn't that impressive early, posting a vertical of 35.5" after Berrios. 

Then came McLaurin, who made everyone look bad. 

The electric receiver's vertical of 44.8" broke the NBA combine's vertical record of 44.5", according to Mike Farrell of

DJ Nature hit us with video:

In the 20-yard shuttle, Marshall was first again. The defensive back ran the drill in 4.16 seconds (scores just over four seconds are solid, scores under four seconds are excellent). 

Linebacker Joey Alfieri impressed mightily after Marshall, posting a time of 4.07 seconds in a drill that generally doesn't favor the bigger players on the field.

Berrios and Brown lit up the 20-yard shuttle with times of 3.86 seconds and 3.89 seconds, respectively. 

While Chubb has been lauded throughout the event, his time of 4.49 seconds in the shuttle on Monday wasn't that impressive.

After Noil ran the drill in four seconds flat, Mike Farrell of once again put it into perspective:

Josh Newberg of tweeted out Marshall's numbers in the short shuttle:

On Berrios' second attempt, he performed even better, running the drill in 3.81 seconds.

McLaurin followed with a time of 4.07 seconds in his second attempt. Noil posted a time of 3.87 seconds in his second attempt.

Former NFL player Dexter McLeon tweeted out a picture of 2014 defensive back C.J. Hampton during the competition:

After the short shuttle, non-finalists Curtis Samuel, George Campbell and Parris Campbell competed in the 40-yard dash.

George Campbell, the No. 17 overall recruit in the 2015 class according to, was named the fastest man with a time of 4.37 seconds. He claimed he would run the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds next year.

Student Sports hit us with the video:

The next drill was the power ball toss. Lorenzo Carter and Ed Paris started it off, each throwing the power ball 42 feet.

Tony Brown followed, launching the ball 37 feet.

And, once again, McLaurin impressed, tossing the ball 42 feet. The fact that this kid was a 3-star recruit headed into the event is astounding.

Student Sports tweeted out video of McLaurin's toss:

Noil followed with a 41-foot power ball toss.

That set up the fourth and final drill of the finals: the 40-yard dash.

Brown started things off, posting a time of 4.42 seconds in the drill. 

Hood ended up bowing out of the 40-yard dash due to cramps, per Irish Sports Daily:

At 230 pounds, Alfieri registered a time of 4.71 seconds. Not to be outdone, Carter ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at 6'5", 234 pounds.

Of course, McLaurin refused to disappoint, running the event in 4.40 seconds. Noil was upstaged in the final drill by McLaurin, running it in 4.52 seconds.

Matt Baxendell of tweeted:

Then, as the crowd was still buzzing, Trey Marshall exploded off the line to shock just about everybody, registering a time of 4.34 seconds.

As doubts were about to creep up about some of the times in the competition, Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report tweeted:

Berrios finished things off with a time of 4.48 seconds.

When all was said and done, Speedy Noil posted the highest combined score in the four drills, winning the SPARQ national championship.

Jeremy Crabtree of quipped:

McLaurin ended up finishing just behind Noil for second place.

Here are the final results.


Name SPARQ Rating
Speedy Noil 153.90
Terry McLaurin 149.88
Nick Chubb 142.59
Trey Marshall 139.62
Braxton Berrios 138.78
Lorenzo Carter 135.06
Edward Paris 133.95
Joey Alfieri 133.32
Tony Brown 128.49
Elijah Hood DNF


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