NCF On The Trail: Calvin Ridley

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening presented by Nike Football took place July 7-10 at Nike World Headquarters, with 162 of the nation's top high school football prospects competing. With four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition, The Opening was the perfect chance for recruits in the Class of 2015 to make big jumps and shine on the national stage.

As expected, a number of prospects stood out among the best of the best. Here are the five recruits who helped their stock the most during The Opening.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The word freak purposely doesn't get thrown around a lot in recruiting circles, because it can quickly become cliché. But after dominating during the SPARQ testing Tuesday, there should be no problem giving that label to five-star defensive end Josh Sweat. Plus, an Alabama commitment made the play of the day with a one-handed catch.


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BRADENTON, Fla. — There were as many as 10 games going on at the same time at the IMG 7v7 National Championship over the weekend, and at times it was difficult to determine just who the top performers were. After all, there were more than 30 prospects in the ESPN 300 who participated. Here's a closer look at several seniors who stood out during the two-day event.

ATH Deon Cain
Committed to Clemson
ESPN 300 rank: 25
Cain helped lead his team, Unsigned Preps from Tampa, to the championship game with several acrobatic catches. The trio of Cain, Ray Ray McCloud III and junior-to-be wide receiver Nate Craig proved to be too much for teams to handle. Cain is solidly committed to Clemson and said he is not considering any other schools at this time.
S Derwin James
Committed to Florida State
ESPN 300 rank: 26
James is known for his physical play, but he showed he is more than just a big hitter. James broke up several passes and just always seemed to be around the ball. Like Cain, he is solid with his commitment, but in this case to the Seminoles.
CB Iman Marshall
Uncommitted
ESPN 300 rank: 20
Marshall played wide receiver and defensive back for his team, B2G, and excelled at both. The four-star prospect teamed with another ESPN 300 receiver, Trent Irwin, to form a dangerous pass-catching combo. Marshall is still narrowing his choices but knows he will take visits in the fall to Florida State and Notre Dame.
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Former USC coach Pete Carroll had the Trojans recruiting better than anyone in the country during his tenure at the school. From 2000-09, Carroll consistently had five-star talent, including players such as Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Troy Polamalu, Everson Griffen and Joe McKnight, scattered all over the roster. Some thought Carroll's recruiting success would be hard to top.

Those doubters were wrong.

As the legend of Nick Saban continues to grow with his success on the field, the Alabama coach has become the most dominant recruiter in the modern era of college football.


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Alabama has finished atop the Recruiting Nation class rankings the past three years, and if Saturday’s monster haul is any indication, a four-peat is more probable than possible.

Headed into Alabama’s A-Day game on Saturday, which drew over 73,000 fans, the Crimson Tide sat atop the initial 2015 class rankings released earlier in the week.

A class that already featured nine ESPN 300 pledges quickly jumped to 13.


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Orlando/Miami NFTC awards 

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Florida prospects had a big opportunity to shine this past weekend with a pair of NFTC events taking place in the state. The packed weekend kicked off on Saturday in the Orlando area with a talented group that included two top-10 ESPN Junior 300 prospects. The action moved south Sunday for the Miami NFTC, which featured a strong group of skilled prospects. There were many good performances throughout the weekend, and here are the Recruiting Nation NFTC Awards highlighting some the top and most notable performers.


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One of the top high school programs in the country, Miami Booker T. Washington, lost its head coach on Monday as Tim “Ice” Harris resigned to take a position with the Miami Hurricanes. Miami announced the move on its official website.

Harris will join Al Golden’s staff as assistant director of football operations, and with his extensive experience in South Florida he will be the primary liaison with high school coaches.

Miami signed just four prospects from South Florida in 2013, but after an apparent change in recruiting philosophy the Hurricanes signed 14 players from the talent-rich area in 2014. By adding Harris, who has 24 years of coaching experience in the Miami area and compiled a 99-10 record in his two stints at Booker T. Washington, the Hurricanes are looking to increase their stronghold on the fertile recruiting area.

Booker T. Washington had seven players sign with FBS schools this year, but only two, Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson, signed with Miami. Harris’ own son, quarterback Treon Harris, signed with Florida, but by adding Tim Harris to their staff, the Hurricanes are hoping to start a pipeline from the nationally recognized high school.

The 2015 Booker T. Washington class is not quite as strong as its 2014 class, but the area surrounding the school is loaded with talent so Golden picked a great time to add Harris to his staff. Ten of the top 100 players in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 are from South Florida. The No. 11-ranked junior in the country, athlete Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), is the top South Florida prospect and has visited the Hurricanes multiple times.

Landing a prospect like Gibson, who wants to play quarterback in college, will only help with other elite prospects in the area such as defensive back Tarvarus McFadden (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) and wide receiver Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch).

Harris is easily one of the most recognizable names in South Florida high school football, and his experience and connections in the area should only help the Hurricanes continue to recruit at a very high level.
A top objective for the USC Trojans in the 2015 recruiting class undoubtedly is to build a strong group of receivers around quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), the No. 2-rated pocket passer in the ESPN Junior 300.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian took a productive step in that direction Saturday, hosting ESPN 300 receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) on an unofficial visit. Kirk, the No. 4 receiver in the class and top-ranked player in Arizona, dropped by campus with his family and met with the new coaching staff for the first time.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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Clemson had a huge weekend, for both 2014 and 2015, including a commitment. Miami extended an offer to a nearby star, and Florida State got some interesting news at wide receiver.

Biggest offer: Miami got back in the win column and back on the recruiting trail over the last couple of days. Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) was the newest Hurricane offer issued. Ridley is thought of highly by ESPN's scouts, is ranked as a four-star prospect and No. 32 overall in the country for the Class of 2015. Alabama, Cincinnati, FAU, Florida State, LSU, Marshall, USF, Tennessee and West Virginia are some of Ridley's other offers early on. Miami should have an edge with proximity, if that be is an important factor in Ridley's recruitment. The wide receiver target checks in at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.


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WR Ridley rises through ranks 

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The biggest riser in last week’s updated ESPN Junior 300 was wide receiver Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch).

The 6-foot-1 playmaker had a solid sophomore campaign at Chaminade-Madonna, but he exploded onto the recruiting scene in 2013 with more than 1,100 yards receiving after transferring to Coconut Creek.


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ESPN Junior 300 analysis: ACC 

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It should not be much of a surprise that there seems to be significantly more movement in the ESPN Junior 300 than in the rankings for the Class of 2014. The prospects in the 2015 class are just coming off their junior seasons, and at some of the elite programs across the country there is not much of an opportunity for younger players to see the field.

Here is a breakdown of the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 as it pertains to the ACC:


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