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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:

Cornell, No. 1 in 2015 class, narrows list 

November, 20, 2013
Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin Derham-Hall), the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, has narrowed his top list. After much deliberation, Cornell has cut the list of schools in the running down to 15.

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What already was an impressive spring for Bobby Okereke (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) jumped up another notch this week, as the 6-foot-1, 213-pound athlete added Oregon and USC to his impressive offer sheet.

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Coveted OLB names a top five 

March, 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Outside linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) isn’t exactly sure of how many offers he has. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior has not counted them. Once he had received over 30 offers to the top programs in the nation, there really seemed no point in doing so. Pugh is more concerned about the five that he has on top.

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2014 CB Jackson finally lands USC offer 

January, 22, 2013
ESPN Watch List cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has accumulated a number of scholarship offers since the end of his junior season, with a pair of SEC schools even entering the fold. Yet, one local school always was missing from his ever-growing list.

That changed Tuesday when Jackson finally received an offer from USC.

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Trojans 25th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

January, 8, 2013
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's 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. After a tough 2012, USC has some ground to make up at No. 25.

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CB Adoree' Jackson on Ducks, Trojans 

November, 5, 2012
One of the top athletes on the West Coast in the Class of 2014 was among the many top recruits on hand for the Oregon-USC game on Saturday night.

Adoree Jackson, Dwight Williams
Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.comAdoree' Jackson (left) and Dwight Williams of Gardena (Calif.) are intrigued with Oregon.
ESPN Watch List CB Adoree' Jackson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra will almost assuredly receive an offer from both of the schools that were on field. With eight offers to date from Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Jackson is looking for more. That's not to say he's in a hurry.

"I'm not really too worried about it right now" Jackson said. "I am worried about getting better and helping my team reach our potential."

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2014 CB Adoree' Jackson has big showing 

October, 17, 2012
If junior cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) went into last Friday's game looking to make a statement, he should feel pretty safe that he was heard loud and clear.

Jackson has made no secret in his desire to impress and eventually earn a scholarship offer from the LSU Tigers. Friday, he had a chance to play against LSU verbal commitment Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral), and Jackson figured the film would eventually find its way to Les Miles and staff.

Jackson made an impact in all three phases during the game. He set the tone with a tackle on the opening kickoff, intercepted a pass on defense, caught a handful of passes on offense and had two long returns on special teams. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior said that, despite his eight scholarship offers, he'd put recruiting in the background lately to focus on his team. After the game, he said he hoped his performance could reignite the spark, especially when it comes to some of his favorite schools, including LSU and USC.

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Two more California standouts will be on their way to The Opening next month, as wide receiver Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) and offensive tackle Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) received their official invitations on Monday evening.

It has been a phenomenal spring for Carrington -- the son of former NFL player Darren Carrington -- who attends a small school in San Diego, but made a big statement on the camp circuit. Carrington holds BCS offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington State among others, and has been hearing from other programs such as Oregon and USC.

"It means a lot," Carrington said of the invite. "For me to go there to compete with the best in the country means that I'm considered one of the best. It's very, very, very exciting."

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The USC Trojans received a big commitment Wednesday night from ESPNU 150 Watch List quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Calif./Skyline), and Lane Kiffin and staff weren't about to let that momentum stall. Thursday afternoon, the Trojans hosted ESPNU 150 Watch List tailback Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln).

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Davis visited USC with his mother, father and brother. The same group visited USC in early February for the Trojans junior day, but Davis said this time around he had many more opportunities to tour the campus and meet with coaches and players.

"They did everything right on this trip," Davis said of USC. "Everything was just about perfect. They made me feel at home."

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Wild week for USC roster 

January, 16, 2012
It’s not too often that there are as many roster changes in one week in college football team as the USC Trojans saw last week.

There were five transfer departures confirmed in RB Amir Carlisle, WR Brice Butler, WR Kyle Prater, DB T.J. Bryant and DB Patrick Hall. There was also an incoming transfer announced with former Florida safety Josh Shaw, who enrolled at USC in time for the spring semester.

Carlisle was the biggest surprise of the group. There weren’t any previously known issues with Carlisle, and his future was thought to be bright within the USC offense. He was a shifty runner with good speed, excellent hands and a surprising amount of toughness in his running style.

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