The Opening 2016: Results, Rankings, Highlights and Reaction from Saturday

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2016


The best talent that high school football has to offer in the United States has descended upon Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, for The Opening, one of the most prestigious showcases that young athletes take part in. 

The festivities began Wednesday and included two days of drills and practices where some big names in the NFL managed to give these recruits some pointers, via Bleacher Report NFL:  

Bleacher Report NFL @BR_NFL

.@NdamukongSuh gives 4-star DT Greg Rogers some pointers and the kid takes care of the rest https://t.co/YLeCp4IlEk

Positions were stacked up against one another in one-on-one drills, such as wide receivers against defensive backs, which exposed and highlighted each individual's skill set:

It helped create the Nike+ SPARQ ratings system:

2016 The Opening Nike+ Football Ratings
RankPlayerPositionCollege CommitmentSPARQ Score
1J.K. DobbinsAthleteOhio State146.76
2Jeffrey OkudahSafetyN/A142.56
3Cam AkersRunning BackN/A140.13
4Devon HunterAthleteN/A139.53
5Darrian FelixRunning BackN/A138.38

On Saturday, it was all about the seven-on-seven games between six different teams. Here are the rosters for each team, where the players are headed to college if available and some of the day's best plays:

Team Lunarbeast
Dylan MosesOLBN/A
Shaun WadeCBOhio State
D'Andre SwiftAPBN/A
Isaiah PryorSOhio State
J.K. DobbinsAPBOhio State
Maleik GraySTennessee
Jeff ThomasWRN/A
Devonta SmithWRN/A
Anthony HinesILBN/A
Greg JohnsonATHArizona
Brendon WhiteSOhio State
Amir RiepCBN/A
Mark WebbWRN/A
Marcus WilliamsonCBOhio State
Hunter BryantTEWashington
Jack SearsQBN/A
CJ HolmesATHNotre Dame
Antjuan SimmonsOLBOhio State
Connor WedingtonATHWashington
Tommy DevitoQBSyracuse
Team Hypercool
Donovan Peoples-JonesWRN/A
Dylan McCaffreyQBMichigan
Thomas GrahamCBN/A
Devon HunterSN/A
Drew SingletonOLBN/A
Jhamon AusbonWRLSU
Deommodore LenoirCBOregon
Jordan AnthonyRBN/A
Ambry ThomasCBN/A
Josh FaloTEN/A
Josh RossILBMichigan
Isaiah Pola-MaoSN/A
O'Maury SamuelsRBMichigan
A.J. DillonRBMichigan
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRBLSU
Myles BrennanQBLSU
Benjamin St-JusteCBMichigan
Donovan JohnsonCBN/A
Oliver MartinWRN/A
Team Alpha Pro
Jalen HallWRN/A
Patrick Surtain Jr.CBN/A
Jeffrey OkudahSN/A
Tyjon LindseyWRN/A
Trevon GrimesWRN/A
Tate MartellQBOhio State
Richard LeCounte IIISGeorgia
Jake FrommQBGeorgia
D.J. MatthewsWRFlorida State
Justin FosterOLBN/A
William Poole IIICBGeorgia
Toneil CarterRBN/A
Zaquandre WhiteRBFlorida State
Jaden HunterOLBGeorgia
Elijah MoldenCBN/A
Leonard WarnerILBN/A
Marco WilsonCBN/A
Christopher HendersonATHMiami (FL)
Trey BlountWRGeorgia
Jake FergusonTEWisconsin
Team Fly Rush
Baron BrowningOLBN/A
Joseph LewisWRN/A
Stephen CarrRBUSC
Deangelo GibbsCBN/A
Colby ParkinsonTEStanford
Jamyest WilliamsCBN/A
Davis MillsQBStanford
Todd HarrisSN/A
AJ TerrellCBN/A
OrTre SmithATHN/A
Tylan WallaceWROklahoma State
Sam EhlingerQBTexas
Addison GumbsWDEN/A
Bubba BoldenSUSC
Jeremiah HollomanWRN/A
Jaylen Kelly-PowellSN/A
Chase HaydenRBN/A
Sherrod GreeneOLBN/A
Kobe BoyceCBTexas
Darrian FelixAPBN/A
Josh ThompsonCBTCU
Owen PappoeOLBN/A
Team Mach Speed
Darnay HolmesCBN/A
Tee HigginsWRN/A
Hunter JohnsonQBClemson
Jaelen GillAPBN/A
Khalan LabornAPBFlorida State
James RobinsonWRN/A
Lamont WadeCBN/A
Anthony McFarland Jr.APBN/A
D.D. BowieWROle Miss
Grant DelpitSN/A
Willie GayOLBOle Miss
Amari RodgersWRClemson
Jaylon JohnsonCBN/A
Salvon AhmedATHN/A
Omar ManningWRN/A
Alex PerryCBN/A
Markquese BellATHN/A
Will IgnontILBN/A
Sean CliffordQBPenn State
Matt DotsonTEMichigan State
Kenney BrittILBN/A
Derrek PittsATHN/A
Team Vaporspeed
Najee HarrisRBAlabama
BJ FosterRBN/A
Cam AkersRBN/A
Stanford SamuelsCBFlorida State
Jerry JeudyWRN/A
Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama
VanDarius CowanWDEAlabama
Markail BentonOLBAlabama
Xavier McKinneySAlabama
Levi DraperILBOklahoma
Tyrell ShaversWRAlabama
Tre BrownCBOklahoma
Chris RobisonQBOklahoma
Robert BarnesSOklahoma
Justin BroilesCBOklahoma
Jalen ReagorWROklahoma
Trajan BandyCBOklahoma
Grant CalcaterraTEOklahoma
Tre' McKittyTEN/A
Harrison HandCBN/A

The seven-on-seven games did not have any tackling, as it was one-hand touch below the shoulders. With no offensive lines, quarterbacks only had 3.5 seconds to throw the ball before a delay of game was called, which signified a sack. 

All drives started at the 20-yard-line, where offenses would only get three downs to work with. Once they entered the red zone, then they would get four downs. 

Saturday's Best Plays

Team Alpha Pro wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who is uncommitted, made sure that he stood out even if his catch from Georgia commit Jake Fromm wasn't exactly highlight-worthy, via Bleacher Report's Sanjay Kirpalani:

Sanjay Kirpalani @SanjayKirpalani

@FrommJake hits @tyjonlindsey. Great catch, better celebration #GETOPEN https://t.co/9K2OfQBQbm

Fromm was able to thread the needle on that play while showing off his accuracy. In a game against Team Vaporspeed, he recorded three first-half touchdowns.

Ohio State commit and fellow Alpha Pro teammate Tate Martell also had a chance to show his pinpoint eye with a completion to Wisconsin tight end commit Jake Ferguson, via Kirpalani:

Sanjay Kirpalani @SanjayKirpalani

Tate Martell threads the needle to Jake Ferguson https://t.co/LuF9OfgANZ

That didn't mean there were no wide receivers capable of making some sterling catches. Team Mach Speed's James Robinson, who is uncommitted, made this crazy one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone, via Kirpalani:

Sanjay Kirpalani @SanjayKirpalani

You kidding me? James Robinson doesn't need two hands. Sick catch! https://t.co/8BHVxeMoN1

On the defensive side of the ball, Oklahoma commit and Team Vaporspeed cornerback Tre Brown provided one of the defensive plays of the day with this pick-six against Michigan commit Dylan McCaffrey of Team Hypercool, via Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian:

Andrew Nemec @AndrewNemec

Oklahoma commit @T_Brown25 with the #pick6 out of the endzone #BoomerSooner https://t.co/dgfHASGPYR

But McCaffrey had a big moment of his own, leading Team Hypercool to a last-second win over Team Lunarbeast by hitting tight end Josh Falo in the back of the end zone, via 247Sports' Tom Loy:

Tom Loy @TomLoy247

#Michigan QB commit Dylan McCaffrey to TE Joshua Falo for the game winning score. #Hypercool defeats #Lunarbeast. https://t.co/jxnaKuXySi

It wasn't the only last-second heartbreak Team Lunarbeast would experience either, as MaxPreps showed:

MaxPreps @MaxPreps

Lunarbeast lose to Fly Rush 21-20. Video shows how close it was. Agony of defeat even here at @TheOpening. https://t.co/Zv0wKIIyzJ

The final day of The Opening will come Sunday and determine a seven-on-seven champion. 


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