The All-Opening Team
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
Scout.com
Posted Jul 9, 2013


The Scout Recruiting team selected 11 players on offense, 11 on defense and one all-purpose player for the 2013 All-Opening Team...

All-Offense

QB Sean White
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University
White was the final player picked for the Elite 11 but he made the most of it. Not only did White lead his team to the 7 on 7 tournament championship, he was selected as the Elite 11 MVP by the Elite 11 staff following the event. White showed great poise, made quick decisions and was very accurate throughout the event. Don’t be surprised to see a few more colleges jump on the White bandwagon following the event.

RB Joe Mixon
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
Mixon was a consensus choice by the staff as the top back in the event. He plays in a ton of 7 on 7 competition back home and is a naturally gifted pass catcher so it wasn’t a surprise to see him dominate the way he did. Mixon was often split out wide to take advantage of his size, speed and hands and although a top five running back nationally, Mixon showed he could easily be a nationally recruited receiver as well.

RB Dalvin Cook
Miami (Fla.) Central- Committed to Florida
This is a kid really put together, especially in the upper body. Cook has great speed and is a north-south runner that doesn’t mess around. Cook is a one-cut guy that can make a big play in a hurry. He also took a lot of reps at cornerback this past Wednesday and looked good on that side of the ball.

WR Ermon Lane
Homestead (Fla.)
There isn’t a consensus No. 1 receiver in the country this year but Lane made a strong case after his performance at The Opening. Lane has everything you could want in a potential No. 1 receiver- he has good size, very good speed, catches the ball and competes. He made several big plays all tournament long and was an impossible cover for every opposing corner he went up against. He clocked a 4.52-40 in the SPARQ testing as well and just had an overall great event.

WR Malachi Dupre
River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian
Dupre was right there with Lane in the discussion as who could be the nation’s top overall receiver prospect. He doesn’t have the same explosiveness as Lane but is probably a better pure pass catcher/route runner right now. He has excellent body control, has the speed to get deep and was impressive in jump ball situations. He had an incredible 42” vertical jump during the SPARQ testing and just has the look of a player who could come in and make an early impact at the college level.

TE Henry Mondeaux
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Mondeaux was a late addition and made the most of it with a very strong performance. He has a massive frame and was an easy target for his quarterbacks to find all tournament long. For a big man, Mondeaux runs well, has strong hands and had no problem getting open. His recruitment is still open but expect Oregon,Washington, Cal and Nebraska to be in it until the end.

OL Cameron Robinson
West Monroe (La.)
Robinson came in to the event as one of the list highly rated prospects in the country, No. 3 overall. And he did nothing but improve his stock, which is an impressive feat due to the fact only two players are rated in front of him. Prototype tackle with great feet and strong at the point of attack. Decision will come down between Alabama and LSU. 

OL Damien Mama
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Mama has the arm reach to play offensive tackle but is built like an offensive guard. He is very competitive and had some of the camps most memorable one on one reps. Plays with a real nasty streak that you can instantly appreciate. Good in pass pro and run blocking. Considering national level offers.

OL J.C. Hassenauer
Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge
One of the most pleasant surprises of the camp. He is very quick off of the ball and has the power to fend off the strongest defensive tackles. Plays with good pad leverage, staying low and balanced. Can also handle the quicker DL. The rich get richer. Committed to Alabama.

OL Toa Lobendahn
La Habra (Calif.)- Committed to USC
Particularly good and most importantly very consistent in all of the OL/DL drills. He also got stronger as the camp progressed, hitting his peak in the final set of one-on-one drills where he won three straight reps against Andrew Brown, Scout.com's No. 1 DT. He is committed to USC. 

OL Roderick Taylor
Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Mammoth guard prospect who was the only offensive linemen to top a 100 Sparq rating with a 104.4. He also tied with the top overall 40-yard dash for an OL with a 5.22. Performed well in drills and one-on-ones. Not only strong, but athletic. A great combo. High interest in Alabama and Mississippi.

AP Budda Baker
Bellevue (Wash.)
Baker showed why he was one of the very best players in attendance at the Opening regardless of position. He starred on both sides of the ball. Defensively he has range, speed and superior athleticism. There’s no doubt that Baker solidified himself as one of the premier athletes in the 2014 class as a receiver or defensive back. He’s scary good.

All-Defense

DL Chad Thomas
Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
The overall defensive line MVP, Thomas' athleticism was what first caught your eyes, but he didn't just use his speed and quickness off the ball to win 1on1s, he showed a wide variety of moves and impressive strength to take over in the 1on1s. His ceiling is high and he has a chance to be one of the premier defensive linemen nationally when it's all said and done.

DL Solomon Thomas
Coppell (Texas)
Possibly the most consistent defensive linemen from Day One to Day Three, Thomas has great strength and a motor that doesn't turn off. One of the most technically sound participants in the entire event, Thomas used that with his power to have a sterling performance all week.

DL Ainuu Taua
Lompoc (Calif.)
The 1on1 MVP, Taua started a little slow on the first day but caught fire on the second day.  Generously listed at 6-0, Taua used his quickness off the ball and non-stop motor to take over on Wednesday.  He plays real low and with great leverage and gets off the snap instantly.

DL Gerald Willis
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Willis looks like he could end up as a tackle down the line, but during The Opening, he put his hand down off the edge, and showed great burst and plenty of moves.  He also was one of the few linemen to even hang with Cameron Robinson, beating him twice in fact.

LB Rashaan Evans
Auburn (Ala.)
Evans is a defensive end prospect that had a nice Opening camp playing linebacker, showcasing his speed and athleticism in space and in coverage. He made big plays each of the final days. This is a long and quick cat that has a great future in front of him.

LB Dante Booker
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary- Committed to Ohio State
This Ohio State commitment had one of the big plays of day three with an interception return for touchdown as time expired to lead his 7-on-7 team to a victory over the top seed. This is a speedy ‘backer that ran 4.52 [forty] at 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds on Monday. Wow. He’s big and agile and looks like a kid that could blossom into something special in Columbus.

LB Dwight Williams
Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Williams had a good week across the board, performing well in the NFTC and then also having a strong showing in the Nike 7on, playing most of the defensive snaps and helping his team win the Nike 7on. He measured at 6-1, 208, ran a 4.6 forty and had a 4.26 shuttle and 38-inch vertical.

CB Tony Brown
Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
At 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, Brown is a very good cornerback who’s somewhat raw but has elite size, speed and length. He’s athletic and makes plays on the other side of the ball as well. On defense he’s active and always around the ball. Brown has very good ball skills and can flip his hips and run with anyone in Oregon. He’s showed excellent leadership skills and there’s no doubt that his best football is in front of him.

CB Adoree Jackson
Gardena (Calif.) Serra
This kid is a monster athlete on both sides of the ball. He’s freakishly athletic with outstanding speed and ball skills and the Opening he showed he can be a shutdown cornerback. What’s scary is that he’s better offensively and would be a dynamic receiver in a spread attack.

S Jamal Adams
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
The nation’s No. 2 safety prospect didn’t disappoint at The Opening, showcasing his athleticism and range in coverage. He also has ball skills, instincts and body control in the air. Adams is a ball-hawk with as much upside in the secondary as anyone in this 2014 class.

S Quin Blanding
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside- Committed to Virginia
Blanding was the only unanimous selection for the top 11, garnering first team votes from all eight FoxSportsNext scouts. There may not have been a more steady player at the Opening then Blanding. It seems as though in every game he’s in the right place at the right time with a key pass breakup or interception. This Virginia commitment rarely got beat.
 

Brian Dohn, Greg Biggins, Greg Powers, Brandon Huffman, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Newberg, Allen Trieu, and Chad Simmons contributed to this feature.



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