The Opening 2014: Schedule, Dates, Invites, Roster and TV Info

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2014


Following months of buildup, one of the biggest recruiting events on the schedule will officially get underway on Tuesday. The Opening will see several recruits make their commitments during the week, with many hoping to shine and improve their ranking heading into the summer.

Both rosters have a plethora of talented 5-star recruits ready to take the big stage in Beaverton, Oregon, to make their case as the top player at their respective position. With only 162 players making the final cut, each team will have to wait until Monday to find out who their quarterback will be.

Though the prospects won't find out until Monday about the signal-caller for their squad, Elite 11 posted a preview of the finalists:

Between the 7-on-7 matchups and linemen challenges, there will be plenty of prospects for scouts to drool over throughout the three-day event. Though some have already become popular names thanks to committing to a school, others hope to prove their worth to fanbases as they continue on the recruiting trail.

Here's a look at everything fans need to know heading into Nike's The Opening.

2014 The Opening Schedule
DateEvent(s)Time (ET)TVLive Stream
July 8SPARQ Rating National Championship8-10 p.m.ESPNUWatchESPN
July 97-on-7 Pool Play8-10:30 p.m.ESPNUWatchESPN
July 107-on-7 Semifinal & Championship / Linemen Challenge Finals8-11 p.m.ESPNUWatchESPN
The Opening Rosters
PositionAlpha ProApocalypseFly RushLandsharksMach SpeedVapor Carbon
QBRoss BowersBlake BarnettSam DarnoldRyan BrandBen HicksSheriron Jones
QBAlex MalzoneBrian LewerkeDeandre JohnsonDeondre FrancoisJosh RosenDrew Lock
QBJarrett StidhamTravis WallerBrady WhiteRicky TownBrandon WimbushKyler Murray
RBTaj GriffinDamien HarrisDexter WilliamsSoso JamaboMike WeberNick Brossette
RBMark WaltonJacques PatrickBryce LoveJordan ScarlettJaMycal HastySaquon Barkley
WRGeorge CampbellCalvin RidleyDaMarkus LodgeTyron JohnsonPreston WilliamsChristian Kirk
WRCordell BroadusEquanimeous St. BrownTrent IrwinJohn BurtDa'Vante PhillipsDeon Cain
WRDerrick DillonDesean HolmesVan JeffersonKemah SiverandJovon DuranteJuwan Johnson
WRRyan NewsomeDeddrick ThomasLawrence CagerK.J. HillC.J. SandersKirk Merritt
TECJ ConradJordan DavisChris ClarkJackson HarrisAuden TateWill Gragg
LBOsa MasinaMalik JeffersonRoquan SmithJustin HilliardCameron SmithJohn Houston
LBTevon ConeyPorter GustinDarrin KirklandSherrod PittmanAdonis ThomasQuarte Sapp
LBCecil CherryJoshua McMillonJosh SmithChad SmithBen HumphreysArthur McGinnis
CBTarvarus McFaddenMark FieldsKendall SheffieldKevin ToliverMinkah FitzpatrickIman Marshall
CBRico McGrawXavier LewisTyrek ColePJ MbanasorShaun CrawfordDeChaun Holiday
CBDarius SlaytonJaylon LaneKris BoydDonte JacksonHolton HillIsaiah Langley
CBTyler GreenMook ReynoldsStephen JohnsonMontrell CustisLevonta TaylorDuke Shelley
SAFJaquan JohnsonFrank BuncomKendrell McFaddenDeionte ThompsonDerwin JamesLarry Pryor
SAFWill SunderlandJustin ReidCalvin BrewtonDeontay AndersonMarvell TellJustin Dunning
ATHTorrance GibsonTyler PhillipsTerry GodwinShawn Burgess-BeckerRay-Ray McCloudJordan Cronkrite
ATHAJ TurnerDeondre FarrierMarcus Lewis
OLMaea TeuhemaLester CottonChuma EdogaJavon PattersonMitch HyattMartez Ivey
OLJerry TilleryMatt BurrellDrew RichmondRichie PetitbonTristen HogeKeenan Walker
OLNoah GreenFred Ulu-PerryDallas WarmackAndre JamesQuarvez BoulwareDarryl Williams
DLJosh SweatRasheem GreenByron CowartDaylon MackTerry BecknerTim Settle
DLKahlil McKenzieDaron PayneJonathan LedbetterKeisean Lucier-SouthBreiden FehokoJashon Cornell
DLAdam McLeanMichael BarnettNeville GallimoreAustin BryantNatrez PatrickChauncey Rivers
Add'l OL/DLTommy HattonKendell JonesDru SamiaRashan Gary

Top Recruits to Watch

Josh Sweat, Defensive End, Uncommitted

The top defensive end in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports, still hasn't committed. Oh, you better believe there will be some watchful eyes on this outstanding prospect out of Chesapeake, Virginia.

With an astounding 57 programs reportedly interested in Josh Sweat, only one will ultimately add his immense talent to their roster in the 2015 class. Chris Nee of 247Sports notes the latest predictions for the huge recruit:

He added a new Crystal Ball prediction this week, which was for Virginia Tech. The Hokies lead on his Crystal Ball with 48 percent of predictions. Florida State is second with 38 percent. Tennessee (10 percent) and Ohio State (5 percent) claim the remainder of predictions.

He has visited all of those schools with the exception of Florida State. He is due to see the Seminoles in July.

Sweat posted 94 tackles and an absurd 22 sacks last season with Oscar Smith High School and has clearly made a name for himself with his elite-level play on the field.

In a loaded field with some of the best offensive linemen looking to knock him off, this will be a huge test for Sweat. If he can shine once again on one of the biggest stages on the recruiting calendar, Sweat might just secure the top defensive end spot heading into his final season.

Kevin Toliver II, Cornerback, LSU Commit

Unlike Sweat, Kevin Toliver II has already announced his intentions for his college future.

The LSU commit is the No. 1 corner in the 2015 class, per 247Sports, and will look to put his elite coverage skills to the test yet again. The young man might not have hit a college field just yet, but he's already had some great coaching at the position, as Josh Newberg of 247Sports notes:

Toliver is already viewed as the top corner and knows exactly where he's heading next year, so he surely doesn't have to worry about proving himself anymore. But gaining more experience from covering top receivers like Preston Williams, George Campbell and DaMarkus Lodge will be great for his future.

With all three of those receivers potentially landing in the SEC, Toliver will have his hands full in the years to come with the Tigers. Getting experience now against the big-name wideouts and best quarterback prospects will simply better him for the road ahead.

Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA Commit

Do you like big arms? How about pinpoint accuracy from a pro-style quarterback? Well, quite frankly, who doesn't?

Josh Rosen offers all of those things and more from his 6'4", 205-pound frame and looks every bit the part of the future star quarterback at UCLA. The St. John Bosco signal-caller discussed why he ultimately chose the Bruins for his college future, per Erik McKinney of

I knew for sure it would be UCLA four days ago. I put UCLA in front a few months ago, but the Michigan visit made me go in depth about why UCLA was the right place for me. A lot went into the decision and it wasn't made just for football. I'm going to the university where I fit best in all aspects.

After throwing for 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, Rosen burst onto the scene and is now viewed as the No. 1 quarterback by 247Sports. Already committed and showing flashes of what is to come in the next several years for the Bruins, Rosen might have to compete against players like Toliver and others to prove himself.

In a 7-on-7 setting, look for Rosen to yet again emerge as a star by finding his elite-level receivers down the field with his huge arm. With a huge Pac-12 audience expected in Beaverton, Rosen will prove yet again why he's the next in line of great quarterbacks for the Bruins.

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