The Opening 2013: Top 10 40-Yard Dash Times from the Sparq National Championship

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 2, 2013

Speedy Noil | Photo Credit: 247Sports
Speedy Noil | Photo Credit: 247Sports

The 2014 college football recruit who won the SPARQ national title at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., on Monday goes by the name "Speedy" Noil.

If that isn't insight enough into how much speed was on display during the meeting of the nation's most elite high school football prospects, check out the top 10 40-yard dash times from the competition at the Nike World Headquarters.

Remember these names, as they'll be some of the fastest players in college football as soon as they step on campus next year.

Honorable Mention No. 1: Braxton Berrios—4.46 seconds

Just a 3-star receiver, Braxton Berrios turned heads at the SPARQ National Championship finals.

He posted the competition's best 20-yard shuttle time at 3.81 seconds and finished fifth overall with a SPARQ rating of 138.78. Not known for his straight-line speed, Berrios turned in a respectable 4.48-second 40 in his final run of the day.

He is one of a few players who will see his stock soar after this week in Oregon.

Honorable Mention No. 2: Dalvin Cook—4.46 seconds

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Florida commit and 5-star running back Dalvin Cook was sitting at No. 10 in the competition with a 4.46-second 40, but he was ousted when the No. 1 guy on this list turned over an incredible time at the end of the day.

Cook is one of the top running back prospects in the nation and is definitely one to keep an eye on.

10. Terrence Alexander: 4.45 seconds

Composite 3-star defensive back Terrence Alexander is another naturally gifted athlete who could see his stock and ratings rise as a result of his performance at The Opening.

Ohio State recently came onto the trail of Alexander, extending him an offer on May 29. Alexander then camped with the Buckeyes on June 21, according to 247Sports.

Thanks to his great 40, Alexander turned in an excellent overall SPARQ rating of 114.78. 

He's just the No. 46 corner in the nation as it stands, but that rating could rise in the coming weeks.

T8. Arrion Springs and Adoree' Jackson: 4.44 seconds

A pair of highly touted defensive backs—4-star Arrion Springs and 5-star Adoree' Jackson—both turned in strong 40 times at 4.44 seconds.

Jackson narrowly edged Springs overall, thanks to an outstanding 39' power-ball toss.

Jackson, the No. 2 corner, and Springs, the No. 10 corner, are both uncommitted at the moment and are considering long lists of schools.

Wherever these two end up, they'll challenge for early playing time with those measurables.

7. Parris Campbell: 4.41 seconds

It is clear that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is looking to bring "SEC speed" to his new home in the Big Ten Conference.

Composite 4-star receiver Parris Campbell is one of two Buckeye commits on this list, as the Akron native turned in a 4.41-second 40-yard dash.

Campbell, a product of St. Vincent-St. Mary (the same high school as LeBron James), is rated the No. 26 receiver in the nation and is just about everything a coach could want in a wide receiver prospect.

In addition to his speed, Campbell posted a 40.1" vertical jump.

T6. Speedy Noil and Terry McLaurin: 4.40 seconds

By the time the SPARQ National Championship was coming to its conclusion on Monday night, it was essentially a two-man competition between 4-star Speedy Noil and 3-star Terry McLaurin.

Noil is one of the most coveted athletes in the nation and will likely earn his fifth star after taking the big prize on Monday night with the second-highest SPARQ rating in history at 153.90.

McLaurin, on the other hand, commented on ESPNU that he enjoys the underdog role that comes with being an under-the-radar recruit. 

The previously unheralded receiver won't be under the radar anymore, as he showed off some incredible physical ability, including his 4.40-second 40 and 44.8" vertical jump. Meyer is undoubtedly thrilled to have him on board as an Ohio State commit.

4. George Campbell: 4.36 seconds

Remember the name George Campbell.

The No. 1 wide receiver recruit for the class of 2015 was invited to The Opening and didn't disappoint with a 4.36-second 40 in the preliminary round.

Though he didn't make the finals, he was invited back to run again during the finals, and he turned in a 4.37-second 40.

Immediately after, ESPNU commentators asked how he was going to improve on that next year at The Opening, and he called his shot: a 4.2-second 40.

Whether he matches that time or not, we haven't heard the last of Campbell.

3. Curtis Samuel: 4.36 seconds

Representing the Northeast well was Brooklyn native and 4-star athlete Curtis Samuel, who ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash.

In addition to his blazing 40, he showed off elite jumping ability with a 40.7" vertical. 

He also churned out a strong 4.07-second 20-yard shuttle.

Hello, Brooklyn!

2. Tony Brown: 4.35 seconds

One of the 10 finalists, 5-star cornerback Tony Brown ended the preliminary round with the fastest 40 time in the camp.

He showed some fatigue during the finals, as he wasn't able to break 4.40 en route to finishing ninth overall—ahead of only Elijah Hood, who did not finish.

Despite tapering off at the end of a long day, Brown lived up to his 5-star billing with an outstanding 40.

Keep an eye on this Beaumont, Texas, native if you can.

1. Trey Marshall: 4.34 seconds

Drum roll please...and your The Opening 2013 40-yard dash king is: 4-star safety Trey Marshall.

The Lake City, Fla., native ran just a 4.53 during the preliminary round, and it didn't look like there was anyway he would break 4.40 in the finals.

Then, he stepped up for his last run of the day and turned in an incredible time at 4.34 seconds.

After the time was announced, Marshall was mobbed by his fellow competitors who were all pumped by that awesome time at the end of the day.

Coming up with that time after a day full of competition and practice is no joke. For a safety like Marshall, that could equate to a game-sealing interception with time winding down in the fourth quarter.

All ratings are based off of the 247Sports composite ratings, unless otherwise noted.


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