The 2017 Opening Finals continued Saturday in Beaverton, Oregon, as the best high school football players in the country received a national showcase.
The fun really begins Sunday, with the start of the seven-on-seven tournament and the lineman challenge. However, players participated in a training camp Saturday night that provided fans a look at some of the top stars who will make a big impact at the next level.
The Miami Hurricanes had an up-and-down year in head coach Mark Richt's first season. Now that he has an entire year to work, Richt is making his presence felt on the recruiting trail. Miami has the No. 1 class in Scout.com's 2018 team rankings.
ESPN.com's Craig Haubert showed Jordan in action:
247Sports' Steve Wiltfong praised Davis' route-running:
When Howard Schnellenberger laid the foundations for Miami to become a national powerhouse, he famously focused recruiting from "the state of Miami." Davis, who attends Miami Carol City High School, carries that tradition on.
Jordan, meanwhile, shows Richt's recruiting reach. Jordan stars at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
If Richt can continue to build upon what he has already added to his 2018 class, then the Hurricanes will be on the path to contending for a national title again.
The Clemson Tigers were fortunate in that when Tajh Boyd—the school's all-time leading passer—graduated in 2013, they had Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings. Trevor Lawrence doesn't arrive for another year. When he does, he could help carry on the success the Tigers enjoyed with Boyd and Watson under center.
Lawrence is the No. 1 player in 2018, and, according to MaxPreps, he threw for 3,904 yards and 51 touchdowns as a junior for Cartersville High School in Georgia.
Haubert and 247Sports' Keith Niebuhr offered a glimpse of Lawrence's work from the pocket:
On the defensive side of the ball, Xavier Thomas will inherit the legacy left by standout pass-rushers Shaq Lawson, Gaines Adams, Vic Beasley and Da'Quan Bowers. Thomas is ranked sixth overall and the second-best defensive end behind Micah Parsons.
Thomas delivered what might be the single biggest highlight from Saturday's training camp during a one-on-one drill. Haubert showed him running right over his blocker:
Terrace Marshall Jr., a 5-star wide receiver from Bossier City, Louisiana, has yet to commit to a school, with the LSU Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies, TCU Horned Frogs and Texas Longhorns all on his radar.
It's not hard to see why Marshall is the No. 2 wideout nationally after seeing some of his work from The Opening. Scout's Greg Powers and 247Sports' EJ Holland showed Marshall beating his man deep en route to the end zone:
Marshall was timed at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He showed at The Opening that he can be a dynamic downfield threat despite the absence of otherworldly speed.
According to SEC Country's Connor Riley, pool play in the seven-on-seven tournament will begin at 1 p.m. ET and run until 8:30 p.m. ET. The first round of the tournament is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Sunday night.
Last year, Team Vapor Speed beat Team Fly Rush in the seven-on-seven finals. The backbone of Team Vapor Speed came from Alabama's top-ranked 2017 recruiting class. Among the champions were running back Najee Harris, the No. 1 player overall in 2017, outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan and 4-star wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tyrell Shavers.
Two years ago, Shea Patterson, who threw for 880 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions as a true freshman for Ole Miss, played a starring role as Team Lunarbeast earned the seven-on-seven title.
The next two days will give college football fans a great opportunity to witness the next generation of FBS blue-chip recruits.
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