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Haven't seen much info about The Opening so far outside of a little Alex Malzone love. Thought I'd share the SPARQ top-10
The SPARQ test, developed by Nike, accounts for a player's weight (to normalize results), 40-yard dash time, 5-10-5 test, kneeling powerball toss, and vertical jump. SPARQ shows how quick athletes are for their size and speed, and it also measures explosiveness, power and agility. For reference, a score above 130 puts an athlete in an incredibly elite group:
Some info on Josh Sweat - an amazing athlete!
The second overall prospect in the nation, defensive end recruit Josh Sweat ran a 4.46-second forty-yard dash at The Opening — all 6'4, 230 pounds of him. That's an incredible time for a player his size, and it was enough to put him in the top five at the camp.
Looking forward to all the scores to see where Malzone and Kirkland end up...and would love to hear more about their recruiting efforts!
Nike's The Opening will be taking place starting this weekend. There's always a lot of recruiting news, videos, interviews, television coverage, etc., so be prepared for a deluge of content.
Anyway, I put together a list of Michigan targets who will be out there in Oregon for the event. Note that Chris Clark is not attending the event now due to personal reasons, according to Twitter. You may remember that he originally planned to commit at The Opening but then said he wanted to recruit for Michigan while at the event, so that won't be happening.
Includes a couple of drills, short one on one interview, game highlights
Good and bad reviews of the Michigan recruits.
First the bad:
Taco Charlton (Bear Market Award)
This award goes to the player who lowered his stock the most from the camp. While Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton looks the part, he really struggled. He has great size, long arms and he is very athletic. However, he is also very upright, only has an outside move and when coaches tried to teach him misdirection or crossover, he didn't grasp it well at all. He was beaten on almost every 1-on-1 rep he took.
The not so bad:
Shane Morris (Honorable Mention - Tunnel Vision Award)
Honorable mention:Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris was clearly one of the top three quarterbacks at the event, but his team was the favorite to win it all with weapons like O.J. Howard, Taquan Mizzell and Ahmad Fulwood. However, his Land Sharks team was eliminated early mainly because Morris focused on one side of the field and locked in on certain players. He has a cannon of an arm and a ton of upside, but his field vision needs to improve.
Shane Morris (Spin It Award)
It was very clear that Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris had the best arm at the event. He has a cannon of an arm and there's not a throw he can't make. With some of the other quarterbacks showing funky mechanics or not spinning the ball that well, it was fun to see him rear back and let it rip. He has a hose, as they say in the quarterback business.
Also an interesting part on Joe Mathis and his poor attitude.
The Opening just released the awards for the weekend event. Jourdan Lewis won the Skills Challenge competition, and Lewis and Jake Butt both made the 7on All-Tournament team.
The full list of honors:
The all-tourney 7-on-7 team from #TheOpeing: O.J. Howard, Larenz Bryant, Jaylon Smith, Jourdan Lewis, Ryan Green, Max Browne, Jake Butt..
(all-tourney continued): Cam Burrows, Matt Thomas, Ryan Switzer and MVP Torii Hunter Jr.
#TheOpening offensive line MVP is Denver Kirkland.
#TheOpening defensive line MVP is Eddie Vanderdoes.
#TheOpening defensive line one-on-one MVP is A'Shawn Robinson.
#TheOpening offensive line one-on-one MVP is Ira Denson.
7on All Tournament Team (Jake Butt rocking the M Swag shirt...nice):
Jourdan Lewis with Shane Morris & Laquon Treadwell:
Jourdan Lewis in action: