The Opening: Sleepers to Watch
Johnnie Dixon
Johnnie Dixon
Posted Jun 30, 2013

Scout's analysts key on which sleepers from their region they expect to emerge...'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE 
The national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters. Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 150 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.

  1. Which sleeper prospect from your region is poised to breakout after their invite to The Opening?
Derrell Scott
Derrell Scott
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): It's hard to call anyone at this event a sleeper, but there are prospects who get more exposure for various reasons, leaving some talented players with much lower Q ratings. I feel like running back Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C. has been overlooked in a deep year of running backs this year, and with his speed, he might be able to make an impact in what is a receiver dominated event. A good choice is any small, quick receiver that might be undersized for the biggest schools to recruit, but is ideal for the quickness game that is 7on7.

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Curtis Samuel
Brian Dohn (East): Erasmus Hall High (Brooklyn) athlete Curtis Samuel doesn’t do many interviews and has kept a low profile since earning The Opening Invitation at the NFTC in North Jersey, and he gets overlooked because he plays in New York City. However, he can play three positions (receiver, safety and running back) and can excel at each one.

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Travis Rudolph
Travis Rudolph
Jamie Newberg (South): I am not sure if you can call Travis Rudolph a sleeper but I find it hard to believe there are 56 receivers out there in this class better than him. He was absolutely sensational at the IMG regional 7-on earlier this spring on both side of the ball. Rudolph is also a heck of a safety.

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Dwyer WR Johnnie Dixon
Johnnie Dixon
Chad Simmons (South): Hard to call a kid with the offer list Johnnie Dixon has a sleeper, but the three-star out of Florida is one I really want to see live again. He is right on the cusp of the Scout 300 and this wide receiver could make a strong case for that added star in Oregon. I know he can catch the ball well and that he is a very physical wideout, but what type of speed does he have to separate from elite corners? That question could be answered at The Opening.

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David Blough
Greg Powers (Midlands): Purdue came down to the Lone Star State and absolutely cherry picked a great college arm in David Blough, who I expect will have a decent showing. Out of all the three-star rated prospects chances are high that Blough will have the chance to make the biggest impact as a “sleeper”. He will get the chance to shine in two separate days of competition without any other position players in town and should be able to show that he belongs along with the rest of the top arms there.

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Joseph Henderson
Allen Trieu (Midwest): I think Joseph Henderson, the Tennessee commit, is the kid who, maybe isn't getting talked about a ton heading into this event, but I think he will do really well in one on ones and other parts of the event.

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Erik Brown
Greg Biggins (West): Fontana (Calif.) Summit wide out Erik Brown emerged over the spring as one of the most dominant receivers in the region. This will be a major step up in competition for Brown as he'll be going up against the best corners and safeties in the region. If he can step up, he could cement himself as one of the truly elite receivers in the nation.

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Marcus Griffin
Brandon Huffman (West): Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Marcus Griffin has been overshadowed on his own team by Budda Baker, who will be at The Opening, and by two Pac-12 linebackers from last year, so he's never gotten the attention he deserves.  But after being easily the top performer overall at the Oregon NFTC, Griffin earned an invitation to The Opening, where he'll make his presence known.  The Washington State commit was 6-2, 299, at the Oregon NFTC and moves like a defensive end, but with the strength of a tackle and he's trying to break into the Scout 300.

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