The Opening 2018: Results, Rankings, Highlights and Reaction from Sunday

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2018


It was skills showcase night at The Opening 2018. 

Suffice it to say these young men are quite skilled.

Alabama commit Taulia Tagovailoa showed off his arm and running back Chris Tyree showed off his speed to highlight the day of action.

Tagovailoa, the brother of Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, won the long toss competition after throwing the ball 66 yards:

DSPN. @ncaarecruits

Alabama commit Taulia Tagovailoa wins long toss competition at #TheOpening with 66-yard bomb. #RollTide @PolynesiaBowl https://t.co/brYBTJP2zt

A 5'11" pocket passer, Tagovailoa is the seventh-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He's the nation's No. 149 recruit overall.

Tyree won the fastest man challenge in a close race:

Stefan Adams @stefan_adams305

Chris Tyree wins #TheOpening Fastest Man Challenge by a hair https://t.co/ZcXJ1C8i9n

A 5'9" all-purpose back, Tyree is the nation's top all-purpose running back and the 35th-ranked recruit in the 2020 class, per the composite rankings. Penn State is currently considered the leader in the clubhouse.

The evening also featured a tug-of-war competition, which was won by a team spearheaded by offensive tackle Evan Neal.

Football Recruits @FootballRecruit

Team Impact wins tug of war competition at #TheOpening https://t.co/WNlO5YXth7

The skill drills also included John Emery Jr. showing off his foot speed and juking ability: 

Barton Simmons @bartonsimmons

John Emery is impressive. Great frame. Elite speed. Did work in space. https://t.co/OoUF6q7CiD

The actual football portion of The Opening will get underway Monday, when the six-team seven-on-seven tournament begins. The tournament starts Monday and will conclude Tuesday night in what's widely viewed as the highlight of the event.