The Opening 2014: Full Invitation List Revealed

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The Opening 2014: Full Invitation List Revealed
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The rosters and teams for "The Opening 2014," the biggest summer showcase of high school football talent in the country, were released Friday afternoon, and man, is this year's lineup loaded.

Of the 33 consensus 5-star players in the 2015 class, 31 are attending. The two absentees, defensive linemen Trent Thompson and CeCe Jefferson, check in as the respective No. 1 and No. 4 overall players in the country, but that only has a slight diminishing effect.

The event itself, which will take place this year from July 6-10, includes physical testing and the SPARQ National Championship along with a series of non-contact seven-on-seven football games designed to showcase the best players' abilities.

Only 161 players from the 2015 class (and one from the 2016 class) will be heading to Beaverton, Oregon—lest we forget this is a Nike event—in a couple of weeks to show scouts what they've got.

Here's a look at who will be playing:

Note: All rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite.

 

The Quarterbacks

The quarterbacks will not be assigned to a seven-on-seven team until July 7. For now, although we do know which players will be doing the passing, we do not know whom they will be passing to.

Here are the 18 QBs attending the event:

The Opening 2014: Quarterback Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
Blake Barnett 6'4", 190 lbs California 67 Alabama
Ross Bowers 6'2", 180 lbs Washington 992 ––
Ryan Brand 5'10", 190 lbs Michigan 1,561 ––
Sam Darnold 6'4", 209 lbs California 382 ––
Deondre Francois 6'3", 211 lbs Florida 152 ––
Ben Hicks 6'2", 192 lbs Texas 1,184 Houston
De'Andre Johnson 6'1", 190 lbs Florida 368 Florida St.
Sheriron Jones 6'3", 184 lbs California 186 Florida
Brian Lewerke 6'2", 184 lbs Arizona 426 Michigan St.
Drew Lock 6'4", 210 lbs Missouri 174 Missouri
Alex Malzone 6'2", 200 lbs Michigan 300 Michigan
Kyler Murray 5'11", 173 lbs Texas 20 Texas A&M
Josh Rosen 6'4", 205 lbs California 6 UCLA
Jarrett Stidham 6'2.5", 180 lbs Texas 38 Texas Tech
Ricky Town 6'3", 205 lbs California 27 USC
Travis Waller 6'3", 188 lbs California 79 Oregon
Brady White 6'2", 186 lbs California 91 Arizona St.
Brandon Wimbush 6'2", 215 lbs New Jersey 111 Penn St.

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

It's important to note these are not technically the only quarterbacks in attendance. Players such as Torrance Gibson, for example, have been placed on Team #AlphaPro and labeled as athletes even though they are likely to play quarterback in college.

On that note…on to the teams:

 

Team #AlphaPro

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #AlphaPro Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
WR Cordell Broadus 6'2", 185 lbs Nevada 107 ––
WR George Campbell 6'3.5", 187 lbs Florida 25 ––
LB Cecil Cherry 6'0", 225 lbs Florida 391 Tennessee
LB Tevon Coney 6'3", 220 lbs Florida 363 ––
TE CJ Conrad 6'4.5", 230 lbs Ohio 251 Kentucky
ATH Derrick Dillon 6'0", 174 lbs Louisiana 148 Florida
ATH Torrance Gibson 6'4", 204 lbs Florida 16 ––
OL Noah Green 6'4.5", 283 lbs S. Carolina 360 Clemson
DB Tyler Green 6'2.5", 186 lbs Maryland 531 Ohio St.
RB Taj Griffin 5'10.5", 175 lbs Georgia 49 Oregon
S Jaquan Johnson 5'10", 181 lbs Florida 166 ––
LB Osa Masina 6'4", 215 lbs Utah 82 ––
CB Tarvarus McFadden 6'3", 195 lbs Florida 34 ––
CB Rico McGraw 6'0", 200 lbs Tennessee 120 Georgia
DL Adam McLean 6'2", 290 lbs Maryland 110 Penn State
DL Kahlil McKenzie 6'4", 340 lbs California 31 ––
WR Ryan Newsome 5'8", 166 lbs Texas 217 ––
CB Darius Slayton 6'2", 182 lbs Georgia 215 ––
DL Josh Sweat 6'5", 229 lbs Virginia 2 ––
S Will Sunderland 6'2", 189 lbs Oklahoma 33 ––
DL Maea Teuhema 6'4.5", 340 lbs Texas 28 LSU
RB AJ Turner 5'11", 187 lbs Virginia 340 ––
OL Jerry Tillery 6'7", 312 lbs Louisiana 117 Notre Dame
RB Mark Walton 5'10", 185 lbs Florida 124 Miami

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: ATH Torrance Gibson

Star Defensive Player: DL Josh Sweat

Team #AlphaPro is middle-of-the-road in terms of average composite grade, but in Gibson and Sweat it features two of the highest-profile prospects in the country. Scouts will line up to see those two play.

There is also a celebrity element to the #AlphaPro roster: wide receiver Cordell Broadus, son of rap mogul Snoop Dogg, and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, son of Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, have both been included in the same group.

 

Team #Apocalypse

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #Apocalypse Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
DL Michael Barnett 6'5", 243 lbs S. Carolina 276 Florida St.
S Frank Buncom 6'2", 190 lbs California 133 ––
OL Matt Burrell 6'4", 305 lbs Virginia 61 ––
OL Lester Cotton 6'3", 325 lbs Alabama 55 Alabama
TE Jordan Davis 6'4.5", 200 lbs Texas 158 Texas A&M
DL Rasheem Green 6'4", 298 lbs California 13 ––
RB Damien Harris 5'10", 202 lbs Kentucky 23 ––
WR Desean Holmes 5'10", 155 lbs California 176 ––
WR Deondre Farrier 6'0", 179 lbs Florida 950 ––
CB Mark Fields 5'10", 181 lbs N. Carolina 113 S. Carolina
LB Porter Gustin 6'5", 235 lbs Utah 83 ––
LB Malik Jefferson 6'2", 220 lbs Texas 10 ––
CB Jaylon Lane 6'1", 177 lbs Texas 194 Oklahoma St.
CB Xavier Lewis 5'11", 183 lbs Louisiana 156 ––
LB Joshua McMillon 6'3", 249 lbs Tennessee 213 ––
RB Jacques Patrick 6'2.5", 233 lbs Florida 44 ––
DL Daron Payne 6'3", 325 lbs Alabama 17 ––
ATH Tyler Phillips 6'1.5", 215 lbs Arkansas NR* __
CB Mook Reynolds 5'11", 170 lbs N. Carolina 263 Virginia Tech
S Justin Reid 6'1.5", 188 lbs Louisiana 438 ––
WR Calvin Ridley 6'1", 170 lbs Florida 42 Alabama
WR Equanimeous St. Brown 6'5", 200 lbs California 96 ––
WR Deddrick Thomas 5'9.5", 170 lbs Tennessee 544 Mississippi St.
OL Fred Ulu-Perry 6'2.5", 307 lbs Hawaii 192 ––

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: RB Damien Harris

Star Defensive Player: LB Malik Jefferson

Unless it ends up with a number of the best quarterbacks, defense will have to carry Team #Apocalypse to the title. Its three highest rated players—linebacker Malik Jefferson and defensive tackles Rasheem Green and Daron Payne—all line up on that side of the ball.

All three are also uncommitted.

On offense, former Michigan pledge Damien Harris is the biggest name to watch, but also keep an eye on unranked athlete Tyler Phillips, who got The Opening invite after scoring the highest SPARQ rating on the 2014 Nike Tour. (For laymen, that means he's a freaky athlete.)

 

Team #FlyRush

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #FlyRush Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
DB Calvin Brewton 6'0", 175 lbs Florida 287 Florida St.
DB Kris Boyd 6'0", 180 lbs Texas 125 ––
WR Lawrence Cager 6'5", 200 lbs Maryland 627 ––
TE Chris Clark 6'6", 248 lbs Connecticut 101 Michigan
DB Tyrek Cole 5'11", 165 lbs Florida 57 Florida St.
DL Byron Cowart 6'3", 254 lbs Florida 14 ––
OL Chuma Edoga 6'3.5", 277 lbs Georgia 15 USC
DL Neville Gallimore 6'2", 311 lbs Ontario* 203 ––
WR Terry Godwin 6'0", 168 lbs Georgia 18 Georgia
OL Tommy Hatton 6'2", 280 lbs New Jersey 373 N. Carolina
WR Trent Irwin 6'2", 193 lbs California 136 ––
WR Van Jefferson 6'2", 175 lbs Tennessee 168 ––
DB Stephen Johnson 5'11", 188 lbs California 460 ––
LB Darrin Kirkland 6'1", 227 lbs Indiana 186 Michigan
DL Jonathan Ledbetter 6'4", 269 lbs Georgia 72 Alabama
WR Damarkus Lodge 6'2", 190 lbs Texas 35 Texas A&M
RB Bryce Love 5'10", 177 lbs N. Carolina 191 ––
DB Kendrell McFadden 6'3.5", 193 lbs Florida 220 W. Virginia
OL Drew Richmond 6'5", 323 lbs Tennessee 67 ––
DB Kendall Sheffield 5'11", 180 lbs Texas 9 ––
LB Josh Smith 6'3", 222 lbs Tennessee 301 ––
LB Roquan Smith 6'2", 201 lbs Georgia 77 ––
OL Dallas Warmack 6'2", 306 lbs Georgia 209 Alabama
RB Dexter Williams 6'0", 189 lbs Florida 105 Miami

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: WR Terry Godwin

Star Defensive Player: DB Kendall Sheffield

Offensive lineman Chuma Edoga, a USC commit, is the highest-ranked offensive player on Team #FlyRush, but blocking isn't as sexy as scoring touchdowns, so let's instead highlight Georgia commit Terry Godwin, one of the quickest athletes in the class.

On defense, Kendall Sheffield will be tasked with locking up some of the best wide receivers in the 2015 class. He doesn't have the length of the new-age type of cornerback but checks in at a solid 5'11" and is superb with his feet and coverage technique.

 

Team #LandSharks

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #LandSharks Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
DB Deontay Anderson 6'1", 192 lbs Texas 24 ––
DL Austin Braynt 6'4", 246 lbs Georgia 140 ––
ATH Shawn Burgess-Becker 6'1", 190 lbs Florida 89 Alabama
WR John Burt 6'3", 179 lbs Florida 121 ––
DB Montrell Custis 6'1", 173 lbs Georgia 598 Alabama
TE Jackson Harris 6'6", 250 lbs Tennessee 219 Georgia
WR K.J. Hill 6'1", 190 lbs Arkansas 197 ––
LB Justin Hilliard 6'0.5", 225 lbs Ohio 21 Ohio St.
DB Donte Jackson 5'11", 165 lbs Louisiana 189 ––
RB Soso Jamabo 6'2", 207 lbs Texas 57 ––
OL Andre James 6'5", 271 lbs Utah 195 ––
WR Tyron Johnson 6'1", 185 lbs Louisiana 33 ––
DL Kendell Jones 6'4", 246 lbs Alabama 661 Mississippi St.
DL Keisean Lucier-South 6'4.5", 218 lbs California 19 ––
DL Daylon Mack 6'1", 316 lbs Texas 12 Texas A&M
DB P.J. Mbanasor 6'1", 176 lbs Texas 134 Oklahoma
DL Javon Patterson 6'2.5", 305 lbs Mississippi 53 ––
OL Richie Petitbon 6'4", 302 lbs Wash. D.C. 77 Alabama
LB Sherrod Pittman 6'0.5", 224 lbs Florida 212 S. Carolina
RB Jordan Scarlett 5'11", 206 lbs Florida 97 ––
WR Kemah Siverand 6'0", 185 lbs Texas 170 Texas A&M
LB Chad Smith 6'3.5", 213 lbs Virginia 349 Clemson
DB Deionte Thompson 6'1", 174 lbs Texas 46 Alabama
DB Kevin Toliver 6'2", 188 lbs Louisiana 3 LSU

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: WR Tyron Johnson

Star Defensive Player: DB Kevin Toliver

Even more so than Team #Apocalypse, Team #LandSharks should be a defensive force. Seven of its eight highest-ranked players play on the defensive side of the ball. (Paging Josh Rosen, anyone?)

The stars of each respective side are LSU commit Kevin Toliver, one of the scariest cornerback prospects to come along in quite some time, and fellow Louisiana native Tyron Johnson, a pretty scary wide receiver in his own right.

There's a good chance they end up in Baton Rouge together.

 

Team #MachSpeed

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #MachSpeed Roster
Player Size Home State Rank College
DL Terry Beckner 6'4", 290 lbs Illinois 22 ––
OL Quarvez Boulware 6'3", 281 lbs Wash. D.C. 265 ––
DB Shaun Crawford 5'9", 170 lbs Ohio 103 Notre Dame
WR Jovon Durante 5'11", 146 lbs Florida 127 W. Virginia
DL Breiden Fehoko 6'2", 285 lbs Hawaii 50 Texas Tech
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick 6'1", 188 lbs New Jersey 32 Alabama
RB JaMycal Hasty 5'8", 185 lbs Texas 231 Baylor
DB Holton Hill 6'2", 180 lbs Texas 177 ––
OL Tristen Hoge 6'4.5", 291 lbs Idaho 90 Notre Dame
LB Ben Humphreys 6'1.5", 202 lbs California 229
OL Mitch Hyatt 6'6", 275 lbs Georgia 7 Clemson
S Derwin James 6'3", 200 lbs Florida 9 Florida St.
RB Ray Ray McCloud 5'10", 178 lbs Florida 155 ––
DL Natrez Patrick 6'4", 240 lbs Georgia 76 Georgia
WR Da'Vante Phillips 6'1.5", 197 lbs Florida 73 ––
OL Dru Samia 6'5.5", 296 lbs California 721 ––
WR C.J. Sanders 5'9", 176 lbs California 364 Notre Dame
LB Cameron Smith 6'2", 236 lbs California 158 USC
TE Auden Tate 6'4.5", 202 lbs Florida 318 ––
DB Levonta Taylor (2016) 5'10", 165 lbs Virginia 45* ––
DB Marvell Tell 6'2", 184 lbs California 62 ––
LB Adonis Thomas 6'3.5", 214 lbs Georgia 159 ––
RB Mike Weber 5'9.5", 204 lbs Michigan 107 ––
OL Darryl Williams 6'3.5", 304 lbs Alabama 355 ––
WR Preston Williams 6'5", 200 lbs Georgia 24 Tennessee

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: WR Preston Williams

Star Defensive Player: S Derwin James

As was the case with Team #FlyRush, the highest-ranked offensive player on Team #MachSpeed is an offensive lineman, Clemson pledge Mitch Hyatt. Hyatt is the second-best offensive lineman in the 2015 class, and he's joined on this roster by the cycle's top pure receiver, Tennessee commit Preston Williams.

A stacked defense is led by a loaded secondary, which includes future Florida State safety Derwin James and future Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick—the latter of whom the Tide went all the way up to New Jersey to secure a commitment from.

Nick Saban: Putting the "commitment" in the word commitment.

 

Team #VaporCarbon

Full Roster:

The Opening 2014: Team #VaporCarbon
Player Size Home State Rank College
RB Saquon Barkley 6'0", 205 lbs Pennsylvania 224 Penn St.
RB Nick Brossette 5'11.5", 211 lbs Louisiana 80 LSU
WR Deon Cain 6'2", 190 lbs Florida 63 Clemson
RB Jordan Cronkrite 5'11", 199 lbs Florida 242 Miami
DL Jashon Cornell 6'2.5", 265 lbs Minnesota 37 Ohio St.
DB Justin Dunning 6'3", 200 lbs Texas 173 Texas A&M
DL Rashan Gary 6'4", 280 lbs New Jersey 4 ––
TE Will Gragg 6'4", 249 lbs Arkansas 162 ––
DB Dechaun Holiday 6'1.5", 192 lbs California 87 ––
LB John Houston Jr. 6'3", 211 lbs California 30 ––
OL Martez Ivey 6'5.5", 268 lbs Florida 5 ––
WR Juwan Johnson 6'4", 200 lbs New Jersey 142 Penn St.
WR Christian Kirk 5'11", 197 lbs Arizona 39 ––
DB Isaiah Langley 5'11.5", 164 lbs California 86 ––
DB Iman Marshall 6'0.5", 200 lbs California 8 ––
LB Arthur McGinnis 6'2", 228 lbs Louisiana 506 ––
WR Kirk Merritt 5'11", 206 lbs Louisiana 145 ––
DB Larry Pryor 6'0", 204 lbs Texas 128 Texas A&M
DL Chauncey Rivers 6'2.5", 247 lbs Georgia 115 Georgia
LB Quarte Sapp 6'2", 203 lbs Georgia 294 ––
DL Tim Settle 6'3", 325 lbs Virginia 26 ––
RB Duke Shelley 5'10", 171 lbs Georgia 377 ––
OL Keenan Walker 6'6", 274 lbs Arizona 98 Arizona
OL Darryl Williams 6'3.5", 304 lbs Alabama 355 ––

Source: Student Sports / 247Sports Composite

Star Offensive Player: WR Christian Kirk

Star Defensive Player: DL Rashan Gary

Christian Kirk, Deon Cain, Juwan Johnson and Kirk Merritt combine to give Team #VaporCarbon a deep and balanced receiving corps that includes four top-150 overall players. Between that and the presence of Martez Ivey, the cycle's top offensive lineman, at tackle, quarterbacks will be lobbying to join this roster.

The defense ain't too shabby, either. Lineman Rashan Gary and defensive back Iman Marshall give #VaporCarbon a pair of top-10 overall prospects, and linebacker John Houston Jr. gives it at least one top-30 overall player at each level of the defense.

 

For a full schedule of events at "The Opening," click here.

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