NCF On The Trail: 070113 Opening nation site stories

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Even with dynamic two-way athletes Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) and John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) lining up with the offense Monday in the first day of The Opening, the defensive backs were a standout group as it relates to USC recruiting.

Roommates Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), as well as 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), four-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and four-star safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) all turned in good showings during one-on-one drills. Brown, the nation’s No. 5-rated cornerback and No. 3-rated prospect in the state of Texas, also reached the SPARQ championship finals after posting some impressive numbers in preliminary testing, including a pair of 4.35 times in the 40-yard dash.

Tony Brown
Blair Angulo/ESPNNo. 5 cornerback Tony Brown is still very interested in USC.
“On a daily basis, I try to contact coaches that recruit me,” said Brown, a world-class sprinter ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 300. “I try to contact every coach. I’m still open. My month of June was all track and field, so I haven’t had time to chill and go through everything. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll definitely start narrowing everything down.”
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Oklahoma is hoping to sneak back into the picture with ESPN 150 receiver Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) since he came out with his top two schools. Notre Dame and UCLA are the teams to beat for now, but Holmes said there is still a chance that can change.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Three-star cornerback Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) had been close to committing to another Pac-12 school before deciding on Washington this past weekend at the Huskies' Rising Stars Camp.

Situations change quickly in recruiting, though.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Penn State has a pair of commitments participating in The Opening in four-star athletes Troy Vincent Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and De'Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro). The two future Nittany Lions are on opposite sides, but both have the opportunity to represent their future school.

Thompkins, who is No. 54 in the ESPN 300, impressed on the day and seemed to take well to the coaching given to him. The nation's No. 5 athlete put his talents on display, and it didn't go unnoticed.


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BEAVERTON, Ore -- Michigan tight end commit Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) tried to compete as much as he could at the first day of The Opening on Monday. The No. 116-ranked player in the country was battling a hamstring injury, so he wasn't 100 percent for the event.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Five-star running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is the nation's No. 1-ranked player.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound athlete thinks he performed well at the first day of The Opening.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Keeping top in-state players home is always a priority and that's most definitely the case with linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) and Georgia. The No. 13-ranked player in the country says the Dawgs are in his top group, but Mark Richt and Co. might have some work to do.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) has been committed to Florida State since April, which means he has his recruiting hat on at The Opening. The No. 36 ranked player in the nation has his eye on a few uncommitted prospects to target for the Seminoles.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas./Hebron) was orginally planning to make a decision between his top six schools in August.

Jamal Adams
Tom Hauck for Student SportsNo. 24 recruit Jamal Adams has strong reasons to pick each of the final six schools on his list.
But now, the 6-foot, 199-pounder thinks he may delay his decision until after he has taken all five official visits.

"I'm at six right now," said Adams, who's the nation's No. 24 player. "I have a mindset of what I'm looking at and an idea of who I'm really looking at I just haven't released anything or told anyone yet. So really, before the season, I want to knock it down to probably about three. Originally I was going to announce in August, but sometimes you have second thoughts. I just want to make the right decision for myself -- I don't want to rush it."

His list of finalists include Texas A&M, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas, Ole Miss and Ohio State. Adams talks about each of final schools.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is one of the most sought-after athletes in the country. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound athlete is attempting to visit five schools this summer, including two right after The Opening concludes on Wednesday.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- One of the biggest surprises of the Nike camp circuit was wide receiver Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral). The new Ohio State commit came away with the highest SPARQ rating for all wide receivers in the SPARQ testing and is hoping to come out on top on Monday at The Opening when the SPARQ Rating National Championship takes place.


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Paris aiming to woo for LSU 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- If there were awards for most entertaining interviews at The Opening, safety Edward Paris Jr.. (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) might be the front runner. The LSU commit sat down for what started out as a normal interview. At least it was until his teammate and Stanford commit, safety Brandon Simmons, walked in the room.

Paris was talking about all the players he wanted to recruit at The Opening. He then looked at Simmons and said he was gunning to recruit him as well.


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