Nike The Opening 2013 Schedule: Dates, Invites, Roster and TV Info

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 28, 2013

Photo courtesy of ESPN
Photo courtesy of ESPN

Some of the best college football prospects in the nation are getting together for Nike's showcase recruiting event "The Opening" and it's a must-watch, as elite players are featured on each team.

The rosters are loaded with five-star talent and highly-touted recruits who will be looking to one-up each other and prove their abilities on a big stage.

There are 162 players in total making up these rosters, and more than a few are household names in class of 2014 recruiting. Most of the blue-chip recruits of this class will be taking their talents to Oregon this week.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know for Nike's The Opening.

Dates and Times

Monday, July 1, 7 p.m. ET—SPARQ Rating National Championship

Tuesday, July 2, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET—7 on 7 Pool Play

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Wednesday, July 3, 9 p.m.-midnight ET—Lineman Challenge Finals and 7 on 7 Finals

TV Info

All telecasts will be shown on ESPNU.

Rosters and Invites

All roster information courtesy of Student Sports


QB Will GrierQB Keller Chryst
QB Andrew Ford 
RB Charles Buchannon RB Derrell Scott
WR JuJu Smith WR Ermon Lane
WR Curtis Samuel WR Corey Holmes
TE Henry Mondeaux OL Bentley Spain
OL Isaiah Wynn OL Montel McBride
DL Andrew Brown DL Josh Frazier
DL Andrew Williams OL/DL Jacob Bragg
LB Dante Booker LB Richard Yeargin
LB Joey Alfieri CB Damon Webb
CB Chris Hardeman CB Duke Dawson
CB Iman Marshall S Brandon Simmons
S Armani Watts ATH Parris Campbell


QB Jacob ParkQB Kyle Allen
QB Brad Kaaya 
RB Joe Mixon RB Royce Freeman
WR Miciah Quick WR KD Cannon
WR Artavis Scott WR Trevion Thompson
TE Jeb Blazevich OL Viane Talamaivao
OL Quenton Nelson OL Tanner Farmer
DL Da'Shawn Hand DL Ainuu Taua
DL Anthony Moten OL/DL Joe Henderson
LB Raekwon McMillan LB D.J. Calhoun
LB Rashaan Evans CB Quincy Wilson
CB Terrance Alexander CB John Plattenburg
CB Kavin Alexander S John Bonney
S CJ Hampton ATH Budda Baker


QB Sean WhiteQB Morgan Mahalak
QB Luke Rubenzer 
RB Elijah Hood RB Jeff Jones
WR Malachi Dupre WR Erik Brown
WR Thaddeus Snodgrass WR Braxton Berrios
TE Chase Blakley OL Damien Mama
OL Kyle Trout OL Kammy Delp
DL Solomon Thomas DL Jalyn Holmes
DL Garrald McDowell -
LB Dwight Williams LB Chris Register
LB Matthew Adams CB Adoree' Jackson
CB Adarius Pickett CB Kendarius Webster
CB Minkah Fitzpatrick S Jamal Adams
S Trey Marshall ATH Austin Roberts


QB K.J. Carta SamuelsQB DeShone Kizer
QB Drew Barker 
RB Dalvin Cook RB Racean Thomas
WR Allen Lazard WR Travis Rudolph
WR JoJo Robinson WR Terry McLaurin
TE Dalton Schultz OL Cameron Robinson
OL Kenyon Frison OL Corey Martinez
DL Gerald Willis DL Thomas Holley
DL Chad Thomas OL/DL Dylan Thompson
LB Nyles Morgan LB Jamardre Cobb
LB Bryson Allen-Williams CB Tony Brown
CB Arrion Springs CB Chris Lammons
CB Jonathan Lockett S C.J. Reavis
S Mattrell McGraw ATH Montae Nicholson


QB David BloughQB David Cornwell
QB Stephen Collier 
RB Leonard Fournette RB Shai McKenzie
WR Drake Harris WR Josh Malone
WR Johnnie Dixon WR Speedy Noil
TE KC Crosby OL Demetrius Knox
OL Trevor Darling OL J.C. Hassenauer
DL Lorenzo Carter DL Bijhon Jackson
DL Derek Barnett OL/DL Marcus Griffin
LB Clifton Garrett LB Christian Miller
LB Shaun Hamilton CB Jalen Tabor
CB Jaleel Wadood CB Kyle Gibson
CB M.J. Stewart S Ronald Walker
S Derwin James ATH Treon Harris


QB DeShaun WatsonQB Manny Wilkims
QB Jerrod Heard 
RB Joseph Yearby RB Nick Chubb
WR Lorenzo Joe WR De'Andre Thompkins
WR Justin Brent WR T.V. Williams
TE Ian Bunting OL Roderick Taylor
OL Toa Lobendahn OL Brian Allen
DL Kentavius Street DL Khairi Clark
DL Enoch Smith Jr. -
LB Kain Daub LB Dillon Bates
LB Kyle Berger CB Ed Paris
CB Wesley Green CB Naijiel Hale
CB Troy Vincent S Quin Blanding
S Dylan Sumner-Gardner ATH George Campbell

Top Recruits to Watch

Da'Shawn Hand, Defensive End

My pick for the most exciting player in The Opening also happens to be the most talented prospect in the nation in Da'Shawn Hand.

The 6'5", 247-pound pass rusher has emerged as the most dangerous defensive player in the class of 2014, and the top-ranked recruit overall according to 247Sports. 

His size and athleticism matches the perfect blueprint to be an unstoppable rusher in today's world of football. Hand's speed to get around the corner is only topped by his undeniable strength in shedding blockers.

He's not the physical specimen that Jadeveon Clowney is, but with a few years of a top college workout plan, he could be. At worst, he's a Julius Peppers breed and that's a heck of an 'at worst' to say the least.

Hand will be on team #Apolcalypse with fellow elite recruit Raekwon McMillan, who will line up at linebacker, and it'll be awfully tough to score against that duo. 

Quin Blanding, Safety

The five-star safety has tops the charts at his position in the 2014 class, and it's no surprise. This kid can defend, pursue and make big plays. 

The 6'2", 220-pound Blanding is cerebral in his play, with his biggest strengths being the ability to decipher runs from passes and get in on any action. You'll rarely see him away from the ball carrier during runs, but he's always ball-hawking and looking to keep the deep ball contained.

He's never found out of position, and tends to always be in the right place in the right time. That's an underrated trait for a safety, as they're the last line of defense in almost any case.

Blanding will be balling it up for #VaporCarbon, and is currently committed to Virginia

David Cornwell, Quarterback

David Cornwell, everybody. Get used to the name, because he's the next quarterback to step into the shadow of Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron.

Cornwell is the fourth-ranked quarterback in the 2014 class according to 247 Sports Composite, but Bleacher Report recruiting guru Andrew Kulha has him as the top quarterback of the class.

He's committed to Alabama, where he'll look to continue the role of playing in a comfortable offense and managing games to multiple national titles.

However, Cornwell will be able to bring to Tuscaloosa what neither of the previous QBs did, and that's the potential of being an elite quarterback. The 6'5", 230-pound gunslinger is a prototypical NFL quarterback as a high schooler, and with some fine tuning and a successful college career, he'll be playing on Sundays.


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