Sights and Sounds: The Opening New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS —The Opening New Orleans regional camp featured some of the top prospects from the talent-rich area of Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. Several participants received invitations to The Opening, held in Beaverton, Oregon, in July. The list of invitees included Alabama offensive tackle commit Alex Leatherwood, running back Cam Akers, wide receiver Devonta Smith, defensive back Todd Harris and another offensive lineman, Nick Brahms.

Leatherwood also took home offensive line MVP honors with his stellar performance on Sunday. Despite being committed to Alabama, Leatherwood has still shown interest in both Florida and LSU and visited both teams this weekend.

Smith took home wide receiver MVP honors, making several great catches on the day such. LSU appears to have a good chance to land the playmaking wideout.

Not to be outdone, Harris, No. 54 in the ESPN Junior 300, had arguably the play of the day with this incredible end zone interception. Harris has LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in his list of top schools but Alabama could also jump to near the top of his list if the Crimson Tide offer.

Akers, a top-50 prospect and the No. 5 running back in the class, did well in some of the open field running drills of the camp, but also in the pass-blocking portion of the camp. The former Alabama commit remains open and is planning to visit several schools including Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State over the summer.

Despite the windy conditions, Mississippi State quarterback commit Keytaon Thompson was able to throw several nice passes on the day. While none of the quarterbacks where consistently accurate, Thompson showed why Mississippi State was thrilled to gain a commitment from the Louisiana native. Lowell Narcisse, a one-time Auburn commit, also made a few nice throws on the day.

Outside linebacker Chris Allen, the 58th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, excelled in the pass rush drills, but then looked fluid dropping in coverage in the seven-on-seven portion of the camp. Overall, it was very easy to see why Allen is so highly ranked.

Finally, national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert weighs in on who he thought were some of the players of the day in New Orleans.