The fellas from the Piney Woods will roll six deep in the Pacific Northwest in four weeks.
Nike's The Opening announced Wednesday evening that Longview 2015 running back JaMycal Hasty (pictured above) had received an invitation to the annual event, which showcases some of the nation's elite high school football talent in a four-day event (July 7-10) at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Hasty, a Baylor commit, will join five prior East Texas invitees to The Opening. Here's a full list of the region's athletes who have been invited to compete in the nationally-renowned event:
EAST TEXAS INVITEES to NIKE's THE OPENING 2014
Kris Boyd, 2015 CB, Gilmer -- the 6-foot, 179-pound Boyd is one of the top cornerbacks in the Lone Star State's loaded 2015 class. Scout.com ranks him No. 6 nationally at his position, as well as No. 47 overall and No. 10 overall within the state. Boyd, who has already visited Alabama and Texas A&M, visits Florida State this weekend. Unsurprisingly, he has offers from all three and has an offer list in the teens. Boyd competed at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp on April 7, running a 4.70 40 and 4.18 shuttle with a 34.3-inch vertical to impress Nike staff.
Justin Dunning, 2015 S, Whitehouse -- Dunning excelled at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp on April 6 at DeSoto High School -- 4.59 40, 4.31 shuttle, 37.3-inch vertical, and 108.48 SPARQ -- to earn an invitation to The Opening. The showing was the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder's football activity coming off a September ACL tear and he did not disappoint. Dunning also has double-digit offers, but committed in November to Texas A&M and does not appear to be changing his mind.
JaMycal Hasty, 2015 RB, Longview -- Hasty is one of the fastest players in the state. The four-star running back burst onto the recruiting scene in May 2013 when he ran a laser-timed 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the ETSN.fm/APEC East Texas Combine. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder recorded a 4.49 40, a sizzling 4.00 shuttle, and 113.13 SPARQ at the Dallas NFTC. Hasty is committed to Baylor and holds nine offers so far. He should be a great fit in Art Briles' offense, whether as a full-time tailback or a gadget back used occasionally in the slot.
Jaylon Lane, 2015 CB, Nacogdoches -- Lane is originally from Nacogdoches, but spent his first three high school seasons at San Angelo Central in West Texas. Now back home, he will also represent East Texas at The Opening. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound four-star Oklahoma State commit is the East Texas leader in total offers with 37. He leapt better than 37 inches in his vertical when competing at the April 7 Houston NFTC.
Daylon Mack, 2015 DT, Gladewater -- at 6-foot-1, 316 pounds, Mack is a scary athlete for a player of his size and mass. He had a great performance at the May 3 Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Arlington, where he scored well for a lineman (89.94 SPARQ) to clinch an invitation to The Opening. Mack holds more than 20 offers, but has remained committed to Texas A&M since October despite very strong pursuit from several programs, including Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. Mack is a five-star prospect ranked among Scout's national top 10 recruits in the 2015 class and No. 3 overall in our state rankings.
Larry Pryor, 2015 S, Sulphur Springs -- Pryor is the third Texas A&M pledge of the six East Texans headed to The Opening. Like Mack, Pryor got the invitation to the event at the Dallas SPARQ combine, where he measured 6-foot, 203 pounds and ran a 4.72 40 with a very impressve 4.07-second shuttle. Pryor has double-digit offers, but has been solidly committed to the Aggies since committing after a late-January junior day visit.