NCF On The Trail: 063013 Opening recruit updates

ESPN 300 CB Tabor has two on top 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 defensive back Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) has a top five consisting of Alabama, Maryland, Florida State, Florida and Vanderbilt, but two might be inching ahead of the others.

Tabor, who is No. 16 in the ESPN 300 and the nation's No. 4 conerback, talked about his favorites during registration for The Opening football camp:
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) will be releasing his top five list Monday morning. The No. 163-ranked prospect decided to release the new list at The Opening but would like to double-check the list with his family before announcing it.

"Me and my parents are going to talk about it. I'll relay the top five [Saturday night], and then we'll release it [Monday]," he said. "After I release this, I'm going to hit all the schools I haven't been to, even if they're not in my top five, schools that I've been unable to see."


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- At one point in his recruitment, athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was committed to Arizona State. Now the Sun Devils find themselves outside of his top three, only days before the four-star prospect makes his commitment announcement at The Opening.

Wadood has narrowed his list to UCLA, USC and Cal over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington among others.


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ESPN 300 OL Martinez set to decide 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) is set to make his decision Wednesday afternoon at The Opening. The ESPN 300 member will choose between his six finalists -- Miami, Alabama, Florida State, Vanderilt, Tennessee and LSU.

Martinez took time out during registration on Sunday to talk about his six finalist.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Seven prospects are set to commit at The Opening in Oregon, and that includes cornerback Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Theodore Roosevelt). The No. 44-ranked prospect in the country will make his decision between Oregon and Texas on Tuesday, but he said his mind still isn't 100 percent made up.

"It's a little blurry still," he said. "I have an idea of what I want to do, but it's still a little blurry."

It might not be crystal clear because the 6-foot, 191-pound corner was just on Texas' campus Saturday. Springs and his mom made the trip and he was the only recruit on campus. The visit was spent with the Texas' coaching staff, which laid out a specific plan if he were to choose the Longhorns.


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Deshaun Watson: No more visits 

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BEAVERTON, Ore. – Close the door on Deshaun Watson's recruiting.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Defensive back Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) is set to make his commitment early this week at The Opening. The three-star prospect is one of at least seven prospects set to commit at the elite event and has narrowed his list down to three.


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ESPN 300 DB McGraw names top 3 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Defensive back Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) has plenty of options for his school of choice, but the ESPN 300 prospect has narrowed his list to three.


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ESPN 300 RB Freeman talks top four 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 running back Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif./Imperial) is starting to narrow things down. The four-star running back announced schools that have started to stand out above the rest.

"I have four top schools," Freeman said. "I like USC, UCLA, Florida and Oregon."

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsESPN 300 RB Royce Freeman has USC, UCLA, Oregon and Florida at the top of his list for now.
Freeman talked about what he likes in each school.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is one of only five 2015 prospects invited to The Opening. The standout prospect is honored by the accomplishment and is looking forward to experiencing the event firsthand.

"It's definitely super special. I remember watching it on TV and now knowing it's a big-time deal. It's the top seniors in the country, so to be invited as a junior is an honor," he said. "All week I was posting it on Facebook and Twitter, like check me out on ESPNU. My parents will be back home having a viewing party, so I have a lot of support."

Kirk will have his family and friends watching him on TV throughout the week, but he will likely have a lot of college coaches watching as well. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and more.

Those offers came in fast and while he doesn't yet have any favorites, there were a few offers that really caught his attention.


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