The linebacker position doesn't often receive much attention during 7-on-7 events, where quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs dominate headlines. But with hundreds of players descending upon Las Vegas for the Pylon Elite 7v7 event this weekend, Caleb Kelly and Lokeni Toailoa -- the top outside and inside linebackers in the West region -- were among several must-see prospects on hand.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite being overcast and rainy, the Orlando Nike regional camp had an incredible turnout of some of the top prospects in the ESPN Junior 300.

The impressive list of prospects in attendance was led by the 30th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, No. 30 Isaac Nauta, No. 32 Feliepe Franks, No. 42 Demetris Robertson, No. 66 Rahshaun Smith and No. 92 Shaq Quarterman. The 10th-ranked player in the country, Nate Craig-Myers, was also in attendance but did not participate due to an injury.

While Saturday’s camp in Miami showcased many defensive top defensive back prospects, the offensive line was dominant on Sunday in Orlando.

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No. 14 Trayvon Mullen names a leader 

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PLANTATION, Fla. -- The 14th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Trayvon Mullen, was one of only four players to get invited to The Opening at the conclusion of the Nike regional football camp on Saturday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Coconut Creek (Florida) High School was impressive and won several one-on-one battles against an extremely deep and talented group of receivers at the Nike Football The Opening Miami Regional.

Mullen arrived to the camp decked out in an LSU back pack, jacket and gloves. So is it safe to assume that the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the country has the Tigers on top?

“Right now, yes LSU is my leader,” Mullen said. “I just like the people, coaches and just the atmosphere there. Coach [Corey] Raymond is a great dude. I talk to him everyday actually. He’s just a great guy. We just talk about everything; we barely talk about football. Mostly we just talk about life and things like that.”

PLANTATION, Fla. -- The Nike Opening Regional at Miami always brings out some of the top skill prospects in the country, with Broward and Dade counties being the most talented neighboring counties in the country. On Saturday, the event at American Heritage High School brought out more than the future stars of college football, but also some of the area's most popular former stars such as Edgerrin James and Chad Johnson, as well as Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew fame.

Here are some of the best sights and sounds from the talent-laden Miami Regional.


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PLANTATION, Fla. -- The Nike football camp in Miami is generally regarded as one of the top camps, talent-wise, in the country every year and this year’s camp held at American Heritage School didn’t disappoint.


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RecruitingNation Camp Live

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Follow the action from Nike The Opening regionals in Miami and Orlando and Pylon Elite 7v7 Las Vegas.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS programs from Feb. 20 - Feb. 26th:

ACC
Boston College
Scooter Harrington TE-Y
HT: 6-5 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sean Ragan OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Florida State
Jamel Cook S
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Keir Thomas DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Zaquandre White RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 201
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Miami-FL
Robert Burns RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tyler Dunning OLB
HT: 6-1 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Deion Jackson CB
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Bentavious Thompson RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Samuel Denmark WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 176
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Troy Pride Jr. CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jovonn Quillen ATH
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
TCU
Austin Myers OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Shane Buechele QB-DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Positional Rank: #8 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#246)

Big Ten
Michigan State
Matt Allen OC
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State

Hunter Kampmoyer DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 240
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Marquel Dismuke S
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #4 S
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#82)

Armani Rogers QB-DT
HT: 6-5 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oregon State
Jadarius Byrd CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 170
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Bo Peek DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

SEC
Georgia
Tyrique McGhee CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 170
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kentucky
Justin Rigg TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Asim Rose Jr. ATH
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Benny Snell RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

LSU
Saivion Smith ATH
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Positional Rank: #1 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#19)

American
SMU
Joshua Shelmire WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 180

Tulane
Kwanzi Jackson DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 210

Mid-American
Western Michigan
Joe Bachie OLB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Stefan Claiborne S
HT: 6-1 WT: 168
Positional Rank: #17 S
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#228)

Mike Caliendo OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 275

Emanuel Jackson RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 170

Adetokunbo Ogundeji DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 220

Kalebb Perry WR
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
When looking out west, it’s USC, Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona State receiving the majority of recruiting headlines. On Thursday, it was California’s turn picking up its first ESPN Jr 300 commitment, safety Marquel Dismuke. The Golden Bears equaled the 2015 class on Thursday after having signed just a single ESPN 300 in the 2015 class and finishing No. 53 in the RecruitingNation class rankings.


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The Nike Football Opening Regionals will officially begin on Saturday at American Heritage High in Plantation, Florida, with many of South Florida’s best scheduled to attend with hopes of earning invites to The Opening held in early July at the Nike World Headquarters.

Here are five things of many to know.


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Five under-the-radar 2016 QBs 

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As crazy as it seems in today’s fast-paced recruiting world, not every quarterback is a known commodity early. In the 2016 class that is certainly the case led by the son of former Michigan Wolverines assistant Fred Jackson, Joshua Jackson.

Here are four other signal-callers in the class who are under the national radar headed into the spring evaluation period.


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1The Nike Football Opening Regionals will make stop No. 2 of 13 nationally Sunday in Orlando at Austin Tindall Park. Many of Central Florida and South Georgia's best prospects are scheduled to attend -- hoping to earn an invitation to the fifth annual “The Opening Finals” held in early July at Nike World Headquarters.

Here are five things to look for this weekend:


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Hundreds of the West's top prospects will head to Las Vegas this weekend for one of the region's marquee 7-on-7 events -- the Pylon Elite 7v7. For the past seven years, this event has helped unknown prospects become household recruiting names and provides potential bragging rights for the team who can stake a claim as the West's best. Pool play runs all day Saturday with single elimination games beginning Sunday morning. Here are five things to keep an eye on during the event.

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It’s not easy to start at quarterback as a true freshman. College football is a fast-moving game with a lot of information to process quickly, not to mention the pressure of leading a program in front of up to and over 100,000 fans at times. In the Class of 2016, there are a few prospects who will have an opportunity to come in and compete from Day One.

Here are five who stand out above the rest.


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Five programs in need of a 2016 QB 

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Quarterbacks are committing earlier and earlier in the recruiting process. With 16 of the 27 signal-callers in the ESPN Junior 300 already having given verbal pledges, there is increased pressure to get a top quarterback in the fold early. While some programs are set in 2016 or for the future at the vital position, several programs face the task of having to sign a potential difference maker at the position in the 2016 class.

Here are five programs that must sign a difference maker in 2016, and some of those are well on the way.


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After LSU went to Jacksonville, Florida and plucked five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II for the 2015 class, the Tigers have struck again for 2016. LSU has landed ESPN Junior 300 cornerback prospect Saivion Smith in its 2016 class, making him the Tigers' fifth ESPN Junior 300 verbal, which includes Sunshine State quarterback Feleipe’ Franks.


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