The Scout.com 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 160 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.
Which prospect at a skill position from your region are you most excited to see on the big stage at The Opening?
Director of Scouting
Last year I said that Preston Williams of Lovejoy High School in Georgia was the best wide receiver in the country regardless of class. Now that he's going to be a senior, I'm interested to see if he can build on what I saw as a junior and during the spring. He has the size, body control and hands to dominate an event that typically favors smaller, quicker players.
National Recruiting Analyst, Southeast
Jefferson (La.) Riverdale cornerback Donte Jackson has been red hot the last few months. I have him ranked fairly high right now (No. 208 overall prospect), but is he still too low? I am leaning that way and he has a chance to make a big move this week. Jalen Ramsey did it a couple of years ago and Jackson, a four-star corner out of Riverdale, La. has a chance to shine on the big stage this time.
National Recruiting Analyst, Florida
The one prospect from Florida that I am most excited to see play at The Opening is Calvin Ridley from Coconut Creek Monarch. Every time I see him he dazzles. Last month at the IMG Nationals he was unstoppable. Seriously, no one and I mean no one could hang with him in coverage. This Alabama commitment will have every chance to shine at this event and rocket up the rankings. I think he will emerge as one of the stars of this event and perhaps earn his fifth [star].
National Recruiting Analyst, East
For me, it's class of 2016 five star defensive tackle Rashan Gary of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High. He tears it up everyone he goes, and this time he will go against elite competition, and competition which is a year older than his class. Gary is special, but seeing how he performs in this environment could elevate him into the top five players in the 2013 class.
National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest
Damien Harris comes in as the top guy in the Midwest and number one running back in the country. While running backs have a tough time fully showing their skills in this setting, I believe his speed and pass catching ability will be on display, and it will be good to see how he matches up against the best in the country since many question his level of competition.
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
The player I am looking forward to seeing the most is one of the players I have yet to see in person, but I love on tape, Drew Lock from Lee's Summit (Mo.) High. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Lock should be one of the more imposing figures at the position and comes in to the events after dominating the regional Elite 11 stop in Chicago. He currently rates third amongst Midlands quarterbacks, but the camp should give him the opportunity to compete against No. 1 and No. 2 (Jarrett Stidham and Kyler Murray).
National Recruiting Analyst, West
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones took the spring summer camp/7v7 circuit off so we haven't had a chance to see him since last season. At his best, he's the most athletic tight end in the country who can get down the field and make plays. If he can excel on the biggest stage of the summer, he could reclaim his spot as the top tight end in the land.
National Recruiting Analyst, West
Christian Kirk from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro has starred at every camp he's been to for the last three years, and he's a returner to The Opening. Last year, he more than held his own in Beaverton. He's the highest ranked four-star receiver in the country and the highest ranked four-star in the West and he's making a big push for a fifth-star. I'm looking forward to seeing him one last time before the season starts and see if he can crack the five-star range.
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