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The Opening presented by Nike Football will take place July 7-10 at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon, with 162 of the nation's top high school football prospects set to compete. With four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition among the best of the best, The Opening is the perfect chance for recruits in the Class of 2015 to make big jumps and shine on the national stage.

Here are five prospects with the most to gain at the prestigious event:

LEANDER, Texas -- The 2013 Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament saw a number of college football targets put on a show. It also saw some of the lesser-known players make a case for more publicity.

Graham (Texas) High School won the Division II (small-school) competition, while Southlake (Texas) Carroll claimed the Division I (large-school) prize. Carroll won the first 7-on-7 state tile 15 years ago in College Station, Texas.

Here are five things we learned from the state tournament:

2015 has one over former Carroll QBs

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comClass of 2015 QB Ryan Agnew showed poise in leading Southlake Carroll's aggressive passing attack to the Division I title.
Southlake Carroll has a tradition of producing quality quarterbacks. Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy and Kyle Padron all have NFL experience, and Daniel, McElroy, Chase Wasson, Riley Dodge and incoming Texas A&M freshman Kenny Hill have won state championships. Ryan Agnew hopes to follow those footsteps.

The 2015 quarterback did something that the others hadn’t, and that’s lead Carroll to the state 7-on-7 title. Agnew connected with receivers such as Luke Timian and Keaton Duhon en route to an undefeated run in the tournament.

Agnew, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback, has early looks from Northwestern, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Ole Miss.


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Houston Cypress Ridge 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand saw the race for his services officially begin Thursday when Texas extended him his first offer.

Now, he can officially count Texas A&M among his suitors.


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The spring has been good to 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cypress Ridge). Plenty of college coaches have come through the school to see him and on Thursday, he scored his first offer, from Texas.

He'll attend Longhorns camp on June 9 in Austin, but first is a stop this weekend in College Station, Texas, at Texas A&M's first camp of the year. The 6-foot, 178-pound prospect feels good about where he stands with the Aggies after assistant coaches Clarence McKinney and Jeff Banks stopped by Cypress Ridge last week to evaluate him.


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MANVEL, Texas — December marked the first time in 20 years that a team from Houston ISD made it all the way to a Class 5A state football title game, but Houston Lamar is showing why it shouldn't be considered a fluke.

The Redskins have a plethora of talent in the current and future classes and much of it was on display on Saturday as they claimed the Maverick 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament on Saturday at Manvel (Texas) High School.

The prize in the 2014 Lamar recruiting class is four-star safety John Bonney, who holds 30 offers and is uncommitted at the moment.


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HOUSTON -- Most of the nearly 200 athletes that attended the Next Level Athlete South Houston Video Showcase on Sunday at Houston Kinkaid came from all around the Houston area, and in some cases, from other parts of Texas.

But a handful of players didn't have to go farther than their current daily commute, as Kinkaid had its own set of hopefuls hitting their home turf at Barnhart Stadium to compete against other up-and-coming football prospects.

One Kinkaid Falcon whom colleges are already taking notice of is 2015 quarterback J.T. Granato.


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KATY, Texas -- After a visit to Texas for its junior day and a flurry of offers that followed, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson had a good feel for where he stood in the recruiting process.

In mid-February, Johnson tabbed Texas as his favorite school and Texas A&M as his No. 2 choice. At the time, he hadn't yet visited the A&M campus.


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Aggies fifth in Way-Too-Early Top 25

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Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There are still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. Perhaps no team was hotter at the end of the season as the Aggies, who are at No. 5.

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HOUSTON -- Houston Westfield defensive tackle Hardreck Walker remembers seeing his former high school teammate, Desmond Jackson, go through the All-American game experience. It was something he wanted to experience for himself.

The 6-foot-2, 281-pound three-star prospect is getting that opportunity now, participating in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl festivities this week, leading up to Sunday's game at Reliant Stadium.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDefensive tackle Hardreck Walker is rated No. 47 in the nation at his position.
"I just am looking forward to comparing myself to some of the top talent in the country and just getting to know different people," said Walker, a Texas A&M commitment. "I was real excited to get invited. All my high school career I got to see Desmond Jackson go to an All-American game. I said, 'I want to be there. I want to do that.' Being here is just amazing."

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2014 DB Bonney adds OSU offer 

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This is a special time for the Houston Lamar Redskins. They're making history as the first Houston ISD team to make a Texas Class 5A state championship game in 20 years. The last team to do it was Houston Yates in 1992.

And the Redskins ar doing it with defense.

Leading the way are two SMU commits, defensive end Zelt Minor and cornerback Cedric Lancaster, and rising 2014 prospect John Bonney, a safety. They'll lead the Redskins into a battle with Allen (Texas) High School for the Class 5A Division I championship Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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One of many 2014 prospects who were present at Kyle Field when Texas A&M took on LSU last week was Houston Cypress Falls outside linebacker Otaro Alaka.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Alaka has been picking up momentum in recruiting this fall. He recently added offers from Mississippi and Northwestern to add to offers he already had from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Several other in-state schools are showing interest in Alaka, including Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.


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Since reopening his recruitment last month, four-star offensive guard Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) has been enjoying the process on all angles. Part of his fun has been hearing from the already-committed players on a regular basis.

“I hear from Jake Raulerson a lot,” Benenoch said of the Celina, Texas, offensive lineman who has committed to Texas. “We’re pretty good friends and very good competitors. It’d be fun to be teammates with him. I’m probably going to let him know which school I’ll commit to before I announce it.

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