NCF On The Trail: 070313 Opening nation site stories

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With five commitments participating, the Gators have been well represented at the Elite 11 and The Opening this week.

Seven-on-seven events aren't really geared for running backs, but four-star back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) said he is just trying to make the most of his opportunities and spend time with the other Florida commits.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Four-star offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) remains open with his recruitment, but the ESPN 300 player recently took a visit to an in-state school.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As a Texas commit, quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer) is focusing more on himself and his growth out at The Opening and Elite 11. That doesn't mean, however, that he isn't putting on the recruiting hat for the Longhorns.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsQuarterback Jerrod Heard is focusing on his overall growth at The Opening and Elite 11.
"My goal was to become a better person, a better athlete and just perfect my game. Then the recruiting when the guys come off the field," he said. "Like right now, we're done, so I'm probably going to start recruiting. Everyone that's undecided, everybody. I'm just being a sponge right now and enjoying it."

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Running back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington) doesn't yet have a clear picture of which school he would like to attend, but he's hoping that starts to sort itself out in the near future. The three-star running back has a top list in order but said nothing is final just yet.

"I'm at a top five, in order: Florida State, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Arkansas," he said. "I know July 13 I'm going to visit Virginia Tech and July 20 going to Arkansas, so that order could change. Those are my top five for now, but I could fall in love with one of those schools and switch it."

At 5-foot-11, 213 pounds, McKenzie has some big-time offers outside his top five, including Oklahoma, North Carolina, Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee among others. Despite saying that his order could change, the Seminoles have a firm grasp on the top spot for now with a slight advantage in its corner.

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