The Opening: West Defensive Preview

A look at the defensive prospects from the West headed to The Opening...

The Opening is a five-day competition featuring the best football prospects in the nation, conducted at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

From the West, 15 players selected are on defense.

Here is a look at the defensive prospects from the West headed to Beaverton.



Frank Buncom, 6-1, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Ranking: #149 Overall, #9 S, Considering Arizona, Cal, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and USC

Buncom has good size and instincts, and looked good at the Los Angeles NFTC, nearly winning MVP honors that day. Buncom returned to the Oakland NFTC to test, and while he was sidelined with a slight ankle tweak during the SPARQ testing, his body of work and his Los Angeles performance garnered him a spot in The Opening.



Breiden Fehoko, 6-3, 275, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington
Ranking: #37 Overall, #6 DT, Committed to Texas Tech

One of the top prospects in the West, let alone Hawaii, Fehoko turned in a monster performance at the Oakland NFTC, much like he did a year ago as an underclassmen. The Texas Tech commit is one of three Hawaiian's selected to this year's showcase and will look to continue to make a case as the top prospect in Hawaii in this class.



Rasheem Green, 6-5, 289, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ranking: #17 Overall, #3 DE, Considering Alabama, Arizona State, Cal, Florida, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and USC

Green recorded a freaky 113.04 SPARQ Rating at the Los Angeles NFTC. Last year's NFTC was his coming out party, this year solidified him as one of the elite prospects nationally. For the second year in a row, Serra will have two players at The Opening, with Green being joined by teammate John Houston.



Porter Gustin, 6-5, 235, Salem Hills (Utah)
Ranking: #61 Overall, #8 DE, Considering Florida State, Alabama, USC, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington

Gustin burst on to the scene, really out of nowhere in March, once his junior film surfaced. After moving from Idaho to Utah before his junior year, he was under-the-radar, then just like that, his film got out and his stock shoot through the roof, with 30+ offers. Gustin earned his invitation to The Opening after the Utah SPARQ combine and he'll play linebacker in Beaverton.



DeChaun Holiday, 6-2, 190, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Ranking: #73 Overall, #11 CB, Considering and Arizona, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC and Washington

Holiday won the DB MVP honors at the Los Angeles NFTC in a loaded group. Not long after, he punched his ticket to The Opening, the first player from San Diego picked for this year's showcase. One of the top defensive backs in the West, it will be interesting to see if Holiday plays corner or safety in Beaverton.



John Houston, 6-3, 200, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ranking: #27 Overall, #3 OLB, Considering Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC

Houston was one of the first to be invited to The Opening from California, one of four invited at the Los Angeles NFTC in March, where he was all-camp for the second year in a row. He'll be flanked by teammate Rasheem Green in Beaverton.



Ben Humphreys, 6-3, 195, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Ranking: #192 Overall, #14 OLB, Considering Cal, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington

Humphreys earned his way to The Opening by winning the LB MVP of the Los Angeles NFTC, giving Mater Dei a player in The Opening for the second year in a row (Jonathan Lockett made it a year ago). Humphreys has been terrific all offseason and will be one of the more intriguing players to watch in Beaverton.



Stephen Johnson, 5-11, 185, San Leandro (Calif.)
Ranking: #241 Overall, #30 CB, Considering Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington

Johnson ran a 4.41 at the Oakland NFTC and performed well there, getting his invitation to The Opening a couple of days later. In Oakland, Johnson worked at both corner and receiver and his invitation was as an athlete, with cornerback being the first look, but it won't be a surprise to see him play some receiver in Beaverton. He has offers as a corner, receiver and quarterback.  Johnson will announce his decision at The Opening.



Isaiah Langley, 6-0, 175, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Ranking: #71 Overall, #10 CB, Considering Cal, USC and UCLA

Langley has all the markings of a great cornerback, but the talent to play just about anywhere. In fact, he looks like a weapon as a wide receiver. Langley is scheduled to announce his decision at The Opening, where he'll play cornerback, after he earned his invitation in his backyard at the Oakland NFTC.



Keisean Lucier-South, 6-5, 220, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Ranking: #22 Overall, #5 DE, Considering Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, LSU, Oklahoma and Florida State

Lucier-South was a beast at the Nike Camp, just too quick and long for any OL to come close to containing him. And after winning DL MVP honors in Los Angeles, Lucier-South earned an invitation that day to The Opening. He's the second OLu prospect invited to The Opening too, following John Lopez (2012).



Iman Marshall, 6-1, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #11 Overall, #3 CB, Considering Cal, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and USC

Marshall, like Christian Kirk, is making a return trip to The Opening. He's been on the camp circuit for three years, and was one of the best DBs at the Los Angeles NFTC as a freshman and sophomore. While he was banged up a bit at this years Los Angeles NFTC, his body of work and previous visit to The Opening puts him back in Beaverton this summer.



Osa Masina, 6-4, 205, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Ranking: #52 Overall, #6 OLB, Considering Stanford, UCLA, Michigan, USC, Utah and Oklahoma

Masina is the top prospect in Utah in the class of 2015 and he was invited to The Opening after the Utah SPARQ in June. The four-star is one of the best jumbo athletes in the country and while he'll play linebacker in Beaverton, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him split out to catch some passes on offense.



Kahlil McKenzie, 6-4, 300, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
Ranking: #10 Overall, #1 DT, Considering Arizona and Tennessee

The West's top overall prospect in the 2015 class, McKenzie emphatically earned his spot in The Opening after a dominant performance at the Oakland NFTC, where he won DL MVP honors but was really the top performer overall. In pads, McKenzie is even more dominant and he's looking to make a case to be the top prospect in the country. McKenzie will also be announcing his decision at The Opening between Arizona and Tennessee.



Cameron Smith, 6-2, 230, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Ranking: #67 Overall, #2 MLB, Committed to USC

After being in the top three at both the Los Angeles NFTC and Oakland NFTC as a sophomore, Smith returned back to the camp circuit this spring 20 pounds lighter and even more fluid and effective and not long after the Oakland NFTC, Smith earned his invitation to The Opening and he's one of two USC commits from the West headed to Beaverton.



Marvell Tell, 6-2, 180, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Ranking: #46 Overall, #3 S, Considering Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Washington State

Tell is the top safety prospect in the West and one of the premier safeties in the country and flourished this spring. He had to miss the Los Angeles NFTC because of a Junior Day visit so he went up to the Oakland NFTC and got his invitation there. He becomes the third Crespi Celt in the last four year to be invited to The Opening.



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