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FSU Top 5: The Opening standouts 

July, 9, 2013
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NoleNation takes a look at five Florida State targets or commitments who helped their stock at The Opening:

5. ATH Derwin James (Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale)
6-2, 199 pounds
2015 prospects not yet rated


The Seminoles' first commitment for 2015 was one of the few 2015 players at The Opening. He was thought of relatively highly heading in, and he made enough of an impression to show that he definitely belonged out there with the rest of the top prospects. James ran good times and performed well in other skill tests and was definitely one of the top rising juniors.

4. WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
6-2, 191 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 126




The Opening provided prospects with the opportunity to showcase their skills. It also gave them the chance to compare themselves against top competition. This type of camp can be a good recruiting tool as well, if prospects perform well and improve their stock.

Here is a look at five Michigan commits and targets who helped themselves at The Opening:

5. TE Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central)
6-6, 223 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: No. 116

Bunting was hampered by a minor hamstring issue during the week, but he still participated in every event. The soreness wasn't enough to stop him from displaying some excellent qualities in his routes and 7-on-7 play.

The Michigan commit probably didn't help his stock in a traditional sense, but because he is so new at playing tight end, this event was outstanding practice for him at the position. Getting the opportunity to play tight end against the top defensive prospects in the nation will only help him in the future.

4. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep)
6-0, 183 pounds
2015 prospects not yet rated


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There were several Florida commits or targets who shined at The Opening in Beaverton (Ore.) last week. Here's a closer look at five players who helped themselves with their performances.

1. QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day)
ESPN 300 rank: 53


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The Opening provided prospects with the opportunity to showcase their skills against the best in the nation. It also gave them the chance to see where they stacked up and provided a good recruiting tool as well, if prospects perform well and improve their stock.

Here is a look at four Ohio State pledges and six targets that helped themselves at the three-day camp:

1. WR Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral)
6-0, 181
Unranked


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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fans tuned into The Opening coverage on ESPNU last week to see how the Bulldogs committed recruits were faring and to watch the performances of some of Geogia’s top targets. They were not disappointed as a number of prospects being recruited by the Bulldogs’ coaching staff had impressive outings. Here are five that saw their stock raised.

QB Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford)
6-4, 206 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 182


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What PSU targets and commits helped themselves the most at The Opening?

NittanyNation took a closer look at five players' impacts and ranked them in order.

1. DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln)
6-4, 303
Four stars, No. 85 in ESPN 300


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The Opening wasn’t a showcase of any Oklahoma commits, but some major top targets displayed their talents last week in Beaverton, Ore.

With The Opening in the books, here are five prospects from that event the Sooners are still solidly in the hunt to sign.

1. ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central)
6-0, 170
ESPN 300 rank: No. 32


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The Longhorns only had two representatives at The Opening last week but had numerous other targets in attendance. Here is a look at five commitments/targets who improved their stock with solid performances against the nation’s best.

1. DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)
6-3, 256
ESPN 300 Rank: 33


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LSU Top 10: The Opening standouts 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana and LSU targets were well represented at the Opening. Speedy Noil won the Nike SPARQ competition. Plenty of others performed admirably.

Who did the most to help themselves? Here's a quick look:

1. DT Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington)
6-foot-1, 257 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: 108


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