NFTC Columbus: MVPs and Opening Invites
Da'Shawn Hand
Da'Shawn Hand
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 2, 2013


A loaded Columbus NFTC produced several new invites to The Opening. The players who won MVP ranged from those who were expected to some sleepers who emerged by proving themselves against the best.

Note: Stay tuned for a more in-depth recap, interviews, video and more from the event.

MVPs (Chosen by the camp)

QB: Drew Barker, Hebron (Ky.) Conner
The Kentucky commit earned a coveted golden ticket to The Opening and Elite 11, building upon his performance from Saturday.

RB: Jalen Hurd, Beech HS (Tenn.)
A big back, Hurd showed he could run routes and catch the ball. He also was physical and ran over a would-be defender.

WR: Montae Nicholson, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
A safety by trade, Nicholson switched positions and showed his athleticism and hands. He was also physical and tough to re-route.

OL: Martesse Patterson, Marion-Franklin (Ohio)
Patterson put on an impressive performance. He will be an inside guy but showed he's a guy to look out for. He has quick feet and plays with good leverage.

DL: Joseph Henderson, Shaker Heights (Ohio)
The recent Tennessee commit was quick off the ball and was able to use his speed rush to beat guys outside. He's a hybrid pass rusher type who will get after the quarterback in college.

LB: Kyle Berger, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Berger showed his athleticism and abilities in space. He was comfortable in coverage and changing directions and showed some soft hands as well.

DB: Damon Webb, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
Webb locked it down at his future home as the Buckeye commit took on all comers. They kept yelling for the best receivers to come out and challenge him and Webb won a majority of the battles.

Top SPARQ Rating: Beau Huffman, TE, Massillon (Ohio) Washington
Huffman ran in the 4.7s today and put up other strong testing numbers. He currently has a Toledo offer.

Invites to The Opening
DE Dylan Thompson - Lombard Montini (Ill.)
S/WR Montae Nicholson - Gateway (Pa.)
C J.C. Hassenauer - East Ridge (Minn.)
DE Da'Shawn Hand - Woodbridge (Va.)
RB Jalen Hurd - Beech (Tenn.)
CB Damon Webb - Cass Tech (Mich.)
TE Ian Bunting - Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
LB Kyle Berger - St. Ignatius (Ohio)
QB Drew Barker - Conner (Ky.)
WR Justin Brent - Speedway (Ind.)



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