The Biggest Takeaways from LSU Recruits' Performance at The Opening

Carter BryantContributor IJuly 11, 2014

LSU receiver target Tyron Johnson
LSU receiver target Tyron JohnsonUSA TODAY Sports

LSU head coach Les Miles and his coaching staff probably watched The Opening with a smile from ear to ear. 

A multitude of LSU's commitments and top targets had superb camps in Beaverton, Oregon this week. The Tigers' highest-rated commit so far in the 2015 class, Kevin Toliver II, emphatically proved why he is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country with his dominant play. Toliver II was named to All-Tournament team, per Brandon Huffman of

Toliver II was pleased with his play as well, posting highlights on his Twitter page:

Here are a few more LSU players of interest who shined this week. 


Xavier Lewis' Commitment Was Huge

Xavier Lewis re-committing to LSU this week was one of the biggest stories from The Opening. Lewis renounced his commitment to the Tigers in February after giving his original vow to the Tigers last August, per The Advocate.

Lewis proved his worth on the field in Oregon. The rangy cornerback made an amazing interception in the finals of the seven-on-seven competition, per's Charles Power.

LSU's secondary has plenty of young talent. Tre'Davious White, Rashard Robinson, Rickey Jefferson, Ed Paris and Jamal Adams will all be back in 2015. But Lewis adds even more depth and could form a dangerous duo in the future with Toliver II. 

Tyron Johnson is the Real Deal

LSU brought in four receivers in last year's amazing 2014 class, highlighted by Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn. But if the Tigers reel in Tyron Johnson, the receiving corps of the future will be amongst the nation's best. 

The uncommitted Johnson is a slick receiver who showed off his amazing catching radius in the seven-on-seven competition. Bleacher Report's national college football recruiting writer Tyler Donohue was impressed with the New Orleans prospect:

As Donohue notes, Texas Tech is currently in the lead for Johnson's services. But proximity and his relationship with Dupre could lead to a commitment for the Tigers. 


Nick Brossette Is Elusive

LSU running back commit Nick Brossette can break ankles. Brossette put Tennessee commit Cecil Cherry on skates in a drill this week:

Brossette gives LSU some much-needed depth to the running back corps in 2015 as seniors Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard will depart. Expect the 4-star prospect to contribute right away.


Justin Reid Is a Sleeper

Safety prospect Justin Reid was one of the lowest-rated players that competed in The Opening. But the 3-star Reid proved that stars do not mean everything.

Reid was one of the five players to jump over 40'' in the vertical leap, per's Steve Wiltfong. He also played for the seven-on-seven champions Apocalypse.

Reid is the younger brother of former LSU All-American and NFL Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid. The Dutchtown, Louisiana native says he has a great relationship with the Stanford and LSU coaching staffs, per's Barton Simmons, though neither has offered him. 


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