My pick is going to be the guy who was also possibly the top defender at The Opening, Whitehouse’s Justin Dunning. It is the middle of the field that seven on seven can sometimes be won or lost and playing up in the box as a linebacker Dunning was able to force the action away from the hot spots where his defensive backs could make plays on the ball. One of the top prospects at the event regardless of position. – Greg Powers
This week, Houston (Texas) Lamar defensive back Holton Hill was named the Defensive MVP at The Opening, and this weekend, he continued a successful streak. With Lamar's offense struggling the past two days, Hill's defensive skill set is a big reason why his team continued through more than one round on Saturday. He's one of the state's most coveted cornerbacks, and with every event, he continues to show why. – Annabel Stephan
One guy competed all week at The Opening in Oregon showed up Friday and Saturday and looked fresh, as if he had not been grinding away on the other side of the country: Whitehouse 2015 safety and Texas A&M
commit Justin Dunning. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Dunning played middle linebacker during 7v7 and helped Whitehouse shock Mesquite Horn in the quarterfinals, leading the Wildcats to the championship game, where they lost to Katy Seven Lakes. Dunning will play safety in college, but showed that opponents better fear him this fall, when he is expected to play outside linebacker for Whitehouse. – Gabe Brooks
For the two-day performance, the choice is Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend
. Ideally, he should not be much of a factor in a competition without the guys in the trenches because Townsend is used about 90 percent of the time as an edge rusher in the fall. But Townsend matched up well against inside receivers. And though he plays the linebacker position, he has the build of more of a hybrid type. During the weekend, he had at least five interceptions and was key in his team making a deep run in the tournament. – Ahmard Vital
Scout.com was on hand for the Texas State 7-on-7 tournament. Several top teams and players were in action. Today, we look at the top defensive performers from the weekend’s tournament. More than half of the selections were participants in The Opening in Oregon.