The Opening 2014: Full Invitation List Revealed

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Defensive lineman Andrew Williams (79) battles offensive lineman Roderick Taylor (72) during the Lineman Challenge session of the 'The Opening' at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
Blake Barnett6'4", 190 lbsCalifornia67Alabama
Ross Bowers6'2", 180 lbsWashington992––
Ryan Brand5'10", 190 lbsMichigan1,561––
Sam Darnold6'4", 209 lbsCalifornia382––
Deondre Francois6'3", 211 lbsFlorida152––
Ben Hicks6'2", 192 lbsTexas1,184Houston
De'Andre Johnson6'1", 190 lbsFlorida368Florida St.
Sheriron Jones6'3", 184 lbsCalifornia186Florida
Brian Lewerke6'2", 184 lbsArizona426Michigan St.
Drew Lock6'4", 210 lbsMissouri174Missouri
Alex Malzone6'2", 200 lbsMichigan300Michigan
Kyler Murray5'11", 173 lbsTexas20Texas A&M
Josh Rosen6'4", 205 lbsCalifornia6UCLA
Jarrett Stidham6'2.5", 180 lbsTexas38Texas Tech
Ricky Town6'3", 205 lbsCalifornia27USC
Travis Waller6'3", 188 lbsCalifornia79Oregon
Brady White6'2", 186 lbsCalifornia91Arizona St.
Brandon Wimbush6'2", 215 lbsNew Jersey111Penn 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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
WR Cordell Broadus6'2", 185 lbsNevada107––
WR George Campbell6'3.5", 187 lbsFlorida25––
LB Cecil Cherry6'0", 225 lbsFlorida391Tennessee
LB Tevon Coney6'3", 220 lbsFlorida363––
TE CJ Conrad6'4.5", 230 lbsOhio251Kentucky
ATH Derrick Dillon6'0", 174 lbsLouisiana148Florida
ATH Torrance Gibson6'4", 204 lbsFlorida16––
OL Noah Green6'4.5", 283 lbsS. Carolina360Clemson
DB Tyler Green6'2.5", 186 lbsMaryland531Ohio St.
RB Taj Griffin5'10.5", 175 lbsGeorgia49Oregon
S Jaquan Johnson5'10", 181 lbsFlorida166––
LB Osa Masina6'4", 215 lbsUtah82––
CB Tarvarus McFadden6'3", 195 lbsFlorida34––
CB Rico McGraw6'0", 200 lbsTennessee120Georgia
DL Adam McLean6'2", 290 lbsMaryland110Penn State
DL Kahlil McKenzie6'4", 340 lbsCalifornia31––
WR Ryan Newsome5'8", 166 lbsTexas217––
CB Darius Slayton6'2", 182 lbsGeorgia215––
DL Josh Sweat6'5", 229 lbsVirginia2––
S Will Sunderland6'2", 189 lbsOklahoma33––
DL Maea Teuhema6'4.5", 340 lbsTexas28LSU
RB AJ Turner5'11", 187 lbsVirginia340––
OL Jerry Tillery6'7", 312 lbsLouisiana117Notre Dame
RB Mark Walton5'10", 185 lbsFlorida124Miami
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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
DL Michael Barnett6'5", 243 lbsS. Carolina276Florida St.
S Frank Buncom6'2", 190 lbsCalifornia133––
OL Matt Burrell6'4", 305 lbsVirginia61––
OL Lester Cotton6'3", 325 lbsAlabama55Alabama
TE Jordan Davis6'4.5", 200 lbsTexas158Texas A&M
DL Rasheem Green6'4", 298 lbsCalifornia13––
RB Damien Harris5'10", 202 lbsKentucky23––
WR Desean Holmes5'10", 155 lbsCalifornia176––
WR Deondre Farrier6'0", 179 lbsFlorida950––
CB Mark Fields5'10", 181 lbsN. Carolina113S. Carolina
LB Porter Gustin6'5", 235 lbsUtah83––
LB Malik Jefferson6'2", 220 lbsTexas10––
CB Jaylon Lane6'1", 177 lbsTexas194Oklahoma St.
CB Xavier Lewis5'11", 183 lbsLouisiana156––
LB Joshua McMillon6'3", 249 lbsTennessee213––
RB Jacques Patrick6'2.5", 233 lbsFlorida44––
DL Daron Payne6'3", 325 lbsAlabama17––
ATH Tyler Phillips6'1.5", 215 lbsArkansasNR*__
CB Mook Reynolds5'11", 170 lbsN. Carolina263Virginia Tech
S Justin Reid6'1.5", 188 lbsLouisiana438––
WR Calvin Ridley6'1", 170 lbsFlorida42Alabama
WR Equanimeous St. Brown6'5", 200 lbsCalifornia96––
WR Deddrick Thomas5'9.5", 170 lbsTennessee544Mississippi St.
OL Fred Ulu-Perry6'2.5", 307 lbsHawaii192––
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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
DB Calvin Brewton6'0", 175 lbsFlorida287Florida St.
DB Kris Boyd6'0", 180 lbsTexas125––
WR Lawrence Cager6'5", 200 lbsMaryland627––
TE Chris Clark6'6", 248 lbsConnecticut101Michigan
DB Tyrek Cole5'11", 165 lbsFlorida57Florida St.
DL Byron Cowart6'3", 254 lbsFlorida14––
OL Chuma Edoga6'3.5", 277 lbsGeorgia15USC
DL Neville Gallimore6'2", 311 lbsOntario*203––
WR Terry Godwin6'0", 168 lbsGeorgia18Georgia
OL Tommy Hatton6'2", 280 lbsNew Jersey373N. Carolina
WR Trent Irwin6'2", 193 lbsCalifornia136––
WR Van Jefferson6'2", 175 lbsTennessee168––
DB Stephen Johnson5'11", 188 lbsCalifornia460––
LB Darrin Kirkland6'1", 227 lbsIndiana186Michigan
DL Jonathan Ledbetter6'4", 269 lbsGeorgia72Alabama
WR Damarkus Lodge6'2", 190 lbsTexas35Texas A&M
RB Bryce Love5'10", 177 lbsN. Carolina191––
DB Kendrell McFadden6'3.5", 193 lbsFlorida220W. Virginia
OL Drew Richmond6'5", 323 lbsTennessee67––
DB Kendall Sheffield5'11", 180 lbsTexas9––
LB Josh Smith6'3", 222 lbsTennessee301––
LB Roquan Smith6'2", 201 lbsGeorgia77––
OL Dallas Warmack6'2", 306 lbsGeorgia209Alabama
RB Dexter Williams6'0", 189 lbsFlorida105Miami
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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
DB Deontay Anderson6'1", 192 lbsTexas24––
DL Austin Braynt6'4", 246 lbsGeorgia140––
ATH Shawn Burgess-Becker6'1", 190 lbsFlorida89Alabama
WR John Burt6'3", 179 lbsFlorida121––
DB Montrell Custis6'1", 173 lbsGeorgia598Alabama
TE Jackson Harris6'6", 250 lbsTennessee219Georgia
WR K.J. Hill6'1", 190 lbsArkansas197––
LB Justin Hilliard6'0.5", 225 lbsOhio21Ohio St.
DB Donte Jackson5'11", 165 lbsLouisiana189––
RB Soso Jamabo6'2", 207 lbsTexas57––
OL Andre James6'5", 271 lbsUtah195––
WR Tyron Johnson6'1", 185 lbsLouisiana33––
DL Kendell Jones6'4", 246 lbsAlabama661Mississippi St.
DL Keisean Lucier-South6'4.5", 218 lbsCalifornia19––
DL Daylon Mack6'1", 316 lbsTexas12Texas A&M
DB P.J. Mbanasor6'1", 176 lbsTexas134Oklahoma
DL Javon Patterson6'2.5", 305 lbsMississippi53––
OL Richie Petitbon6'4", 302 lbsWash. D.C.77Alabama
LB Sherrod Pittman6'0.5", 224 lbsFlorida212S. Carolina
RB Jordan Scarlett5'11", 206 lbsFlorida97––
WR Kemah Siverand6'0", 185 lbsTexas170Texas A&M
LB Chad Smith6'3.5", 213 lbsVirginia349Clemson
DB Deionte Thompson6'1", 174 lbsTexas46Alabama
DB Kevin Toliver6'2", 188 lbsLouisiana3LSU
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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
DL Terry Beckner6'4", 290 lbsIllinois22––
OL Quarvez Boulware6'3", 281 lbsWash. D.C.265––
DB Shaun Crawford5'9", 170 lbsOhio103Notre Dame
WR Jovon Durante5'11", 146 lbsFlorida127W. Virginia
DL Breiden Fehoko6'2", 285 lbsHawaii50Texas Tech
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick6'1", 188 lbsNew Jersey32Alabama
RB JaMycal Hasty5'8", 185 lbsTexas231Baylor
DB Holton Hill6'2", 180 lbsTexas177––
OL Tristen Hoge6'4.5", 291 lbsIdaho90Notre Dame
LB Ben Humphreys6'1.5", 202 lbsCalifornia229
OL Mitch Hyatt6'6", 275 lbsGeorgia7Clemson
S Derwin James6'3", 200 lbsFlorida9Florida St.
RB Ray Ray McCloud5'10", 178 lbsFlorida155––
DL Natrez Patrick6'4", 240 lbsGeorgia76Georgia
WR Da'Vante Phillips6'1.5", 197 lbsFlorida73––
OL Dru Samia6'5.5", 296 lbsCalifornia721––
WR C.J. Sanders5'9", 176 lbsCalifornia364Notre Dame
LB Cameron Smith6'2", 236 lbsCalifornia158USC
TE Auden Tate6'4.5", 202 lbsFlorida318––
DB Levonta Taylor (2016)5'10", 165 lbsVirginia45*––
DB Marvell Tell6'2", 184 lbsCalifornia62––
LB Adonis Thomas6'3.5", 214 lbsGeorgia159––
RB Mike Weber5'9.5", 204 lbsMichigan107––
OL Darryl Williams6'3.5", 304 lbsAlabama355––
WR Preston Williams6'5", 200 lbsGeorgia24Tennessee
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
PlayerSizeHome StateRankCollege
RB Saquon Barkley6'0", 205 lbsPennsylvania224Penn St.
RB Nick Brossette5'11.5", 211 lbsLouisiana80LSU
WR Deon Cain6'2", 190 lbsFlorida63Clemson
RB Jordan Cronkrite5'11", 199 lbsFlorida242Miami
DL Jashon Cornell6'2.5", 265 lbsMinnesota37Ohio St.
DB Justin Dunning6'3", 200 lbsTexas173Texas A&M
DL Rashan Gary6'4", 280 lbsNew Jersey4––
TE Will Gragg6'4", 249 lbsArkansas162––
DB Dechaun Holiday6'1.5", 192 lbsCalifornia87––
LB John Houston Jr.6'3", 211 lbsCalifornia30––
OL Martez Ivey6'5.5", 268 lbsFlorida5––
WR Juwan Johnson6'4", 200 lbsNew Jersey142Penn St.
WR Christian Kirk5'11", 197 lbsArizona39––
DB Isaiah Langley5'11.5", 164 lbsCalifornia86––
DB Iman Marshall6'0.5", 200 lbsCalifornia8––
LB Arthur McGinnis6'2", 228 lbsLouisiana506––
WR Kirk Merritt5'11", 206 lbsLouisiana145––
DB Larry Pryor6'0", 204 lbsTexas128Texas A&M
DL Chauncey Rivers6'2.5", 247 lbsGeorgia115Georgia
LB Quarte Sapp6'2", 203 lbsGeorgia294––
DL Tim Settle6'3", 325 lbsVirginia26––
RB Duke Shelley5'10", 171 lbsGeorgia377––
OL Keenan Walker6'6", 274 lbsArizona98Arizona
OL Darryl Williams6'3.5", 304 lbsAlabama355––
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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