The Opening 2013 Roster: Offensive & Defensive Line

Nike has gathered the top offensive and defensive line recruits from across the country

The Opening is the premier gathering of top recruits from across the country for three days of intense competition and training at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The event begins Monday. Here are the offensive and defensive linemen who earned the right to compete in 2013.

Offensive Line

OL Brian Allen (@bcallen65), 6-1, 285
Hinsdale (Ill.) Central
Allen was heavily recruited by Big Ten schools with offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin before he committed to play with his older brother at Michigan State. A state champion wrestler who showed good athleticism at the Chicago NFTC, he was All-Area last year on the gridiron and is a standout in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA.
OL Jacob Bragg (@bigtexasjake), 6-3.5, 310
Nacogdoches, Texas
Bragg opened eyes with his OL MVP performance at the stacked Dallas NFTC. A good athlete, he laid down a 97.71 SPARQ Rating at the Dallas Nike Combine the day before when he ran a 5.42 in the 40, a 4.83 shuttle, a 27.7 vertical jump, and 41.5 power ball toss while measuring in at 6-3.5, 310 pounds. He committed to Kansas over offers from Oregon State and Louisiana Tech.
OL Trevor Darling, 6-4.5, 328
Miami (Fla.) Central
Darling was a Class 6A All-State pick after he helped pave the way to a state championship for the Rockets. The four-star linemen is joining the two guys he opens holes for, Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook, at The Opening. Darling ended his recruitment early when he committed to the hometown Miami Hurricanes back in his sophomore year.
OL Kammy Delp (@HateKammy), 6-2.5, 305
Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
Delp is a multi-sport standout who also plays basketball, rugby and throws the shot and discus in track. He was a 2nd team All-State pick as an offensive guard and on defense had seven sacks and five blocked passes. He has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, San Jose State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
OL Tanner Farmer (@tank1309), 6-3.5, 305
Highland, Ill.
Farmer showcased his athletic abilities with a 96.96 SPARQ Rating at the Chicago Nike Football Training Camp where he ran a 4.8 shuttle, threw the power ball 41 feet and jumped 29.7 inches in the vertical. An outstanding wrestler, he went 39-0 last season and won the state heavyweight championship at the Illinois Class 2 level. Farmer is committed to Nebraska.
OL Kenyon Frison (@lancerpride75), 6-5, 280
West Valley City (Utah) Granger
Frison opened a lot of eyes at the Oakland NFTC where he was called the "revelation of the camp" and made the All-Camp team. He has committed to Utah. Oklahoma and Washington have also offered.
OL J.C. Hassenauer (@JCHassenauer), 6-2.5, 290
Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge
Hassenauer was the Memphis NFTC Offensive Line MVP and had a second strong showing at the Columbus Nike Camp that earned him his invite to The Opening. A virtual unknown coming into the Spring, Hassenauer impressed throughout a camp season that was capped by a scholarship and commitment to Alabama.
OL Demetrius Knox (@Ummm_Mr_Knox), 6-3.5, 290
Ft Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal
He was one of the offensive standouts at the Dallas NFTC and has more than two dozen offers from all over the nation including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA.
OL Toa Lobendahn, 6-3, 285
La Habra, Calif.
Lobendahn was chosen to the L.A. NFTC All-Camp Team and was noted for his versatility to play anywhere along the line. Lobendahn committed early to USC over other Pac 12 offers including Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.
OL Damien Mama (@dmama75), 6-4, 350
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Mama was the Los Angeles Nike Camp Offensive Line MVP and wrapped up his day with an impressive performance in one-on-ones. His college offers include Alabama, Arizona, ASU, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Florida State, Fresno State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and USC.
OL Corey Martinez (@CJMartinez77), 6-4, 300
Tampa (Fla.) Catholic
Martinez was a Class 3A All-State honoree as a junior. He comes from athletic DNA as his father, Ronnie, was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez has two dozen offers including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Tennessee and West Virginia.
OL Montel McBride (@blindside6955), 6-3.5, 330
Plant City, Fla.
McBride was the Offensive Lineman MVP at the Orlando NFTC and impressed coaches with his football IQ and fundamentals in the one-on-one drills. His stock has greatly increased this spring culminating in offers from Alabama, Auburn, Central Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Florida.
OL Quenton Nelson (@BigQ56), 6-4.5, 300
Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic
Nelson is one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the country and had over 30 offers including Boston College, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers before he committed to Notre Dame.
OL Cameron Robinson (@crobinson_68), 6-6, 320
West Monroe (La.)
Robinson is rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country by all four recruiting services. A projected left tackle, he is coming off a season where he earned AP Class 5A All-State and All-District honors on top of being named to the Maxpreps.com Junior All-American squad. Robinson has fielded offers from virtually every program in the country, but it looks to be a two-man race between Alabama and his home-state LSU Tigers.
OL Bentley Spain, 6-5, 295, Charlotte (N.C.) Providence
His college offers include Clemson, Duke, Florida, Houston, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
OL Viane Talamaivao (@VianeTalamaivao), 6-2, 315
Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Despite fracturing his foot last October and missing the rest of his junior season, Talamaivao was invited to The Opening after a strong performance at the L.A. NFTC. After receiving offers from programs like USC, UCLA, Wisconsin, Miami, Arizona, Washington and Washington State, Talamaivao committed to Alabama in May.
OL Roderick Taylor (@jr_roderick), 6-2.5, 310
Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Taylor was a Class 5A 2nd Team All-State honoree in 2012. He has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC.
OL Kyle Trout (@trout75), 6-5.5, 300
Lancaster, Ohio
Trout had a strong Columbus NFTC, the location where he'll suit up in college as he committed to Ohio State over Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Pitt, Purde and West Virginia. Trout, who also plays basketball and throws the shot put and discus, was a Central Div. I All-District honoree in 2012.
OL Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77), 6-2.5, 270, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood
Wynn was Class 5A All-State last season. He has 15 early offers ranging from Florida State, South Florida and Central Florida at home to schools like Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the SEC.

Defensive Line

DE Derek Barnett (@dbarnett25), 6-2.5, 270
Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
Barnett was the Tennessee's "Mr. Football" after recording 52 tackles (14 for losses) and six sacks as a junior. He is also a standout tight end for Brentwood Academy. Has offers from Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt among others.
DT Andrew Brown (@DrizoBeats), 6-4, 290
Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
Brown turned in one of the most impressive NFTC performances for a defensive linemen this year and will pick between Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson and Florida State before getting on his plane to The Opening.
DE Lorenzo Carter (@LCarter_25), 6-5, 230
Norcross, Ga.
Carter posted the top SPARQ Rating for a defensive lineman this year at the Nike events. Carter has offers from over 30 universities including his early leaders of Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Ohio State. As a junior he was a MaxPreps All-American and a 6A All-State honoree after recording 136 tackles with 18 sacks.
DL Khairi Clark (@KhairiClark), 6-1.5, 320
Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna
He had 26 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior to earn All-Broward County honors. The lineman committed to Florida in June over 30 other offers.
DL Josh Frazier (@JoshuaFrazier99), 6-4, 330
Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber
Frazier was an AP Super All-State selection as a junior and MaxPreps 2nd team All-American after making 65 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The mammoth defensive lineman is down to a top 5 of Arkansas, Alabama, USC, Auburn, and Texas A&M.
DL Marcus Griffin (TheRealMG96) 6-2, 300
Bellevue, Wash.
Griffin was the discovery of the Eugene (Ore.) NFTC where he earned Defensive Line MVP honors. Several scouts felt he was the top attendee of the camp at any position. Griffin had 45 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior and has committed to Washington State over offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho and Nevada.
DL Da'Shawn Hand (@TheHand54), 6-4, 265
Woodbridge, Va.
Hand is a returner to The Opening. As a junior he totaled 16 sacks and 78 tackles to earn 1st team Washington Post All-Metro honors. Hand has nearly 40 offers and lists Alabama, Florida, and Michigan as programs he favors.
DL Joe Henderson (@Talent_52), 6-3, 220
Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights
Henderson has recorded 29 sacks over the last two seasons and was the Defensive Line MVP at the Columbus NFTC. The Ohio native has committed to Tennessee over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
DL Thomas Holley (@ctkballer2014), 6-4, 300
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln
Holley was one of the standouts at the New York NFTC where he earned MVP Honors. The 300-pounder has 20-plus offers from programs like Alabama, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
DE Jalyn Holmes (@JayHolmes_), 6-5, 235
Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor
He was Class AAA All-State at TE where he caught 24 passes for 351 yards and seven scores. On defense he had 78 tackles and 11 sacks and helped the Titans win the Div. Five state title. Holmes committed to Ohio State in June over offers that included North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
DL Bijhon Jackson (@BijhonJ), 6-1.5, 325
El Dorado, Ark.
Jackson made 52 tackles with four sacks as a junior. He earned Class 6A South All-State recognition and choose to stay home when he picked Arkansas over Alabama, Arkansas State and Ole Miss. Jackson also impressed at the Memphis NFTC where he ran a 5.2 in the 40 despite weighing in at close to 325 pounds.
DL Garrald McDowell (@G_McDowell42), 6-1, 245
Covington, La.
McDowell was Class 5A All-State after finishing with 68 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles, 10 1/2 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. He has double digit college offers including four early favorites: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas State and Ole Miss.
DL Anthony Moten (@anthony_moten95), 6-4, 280
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Moten was named All-Broward County as his 30 tackles, including nine for loss, and four sacks helped lead Aquinas to the state 7A title. He showed his strength with the top power ball throw (42 feet) at the Miami Nike Football SPARQ Combine. Moten committed to Florida over a double digit offer list that included Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
DL Enoch Smith Jr. (@ESmithJr_56), 6-2, 275
Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel
Smith compiled an amazing 23 sacks as a junior. A workout warrior who's not afraid to compete, he participated in a Nike Camp and Combine in 2012 and took part in the Charlotte NFTC earlier this year. The defender has committed to Michigan State after receiving more than a dozen offers from programs such as Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse and Tennessee.
DL Kentavius Street (@SupaStreet35), 6-2, 265, Greenville (N.C.) Rose
Street recorded 93 tackles, including 19 for loss, along with four sacks as a junior. His college offers include Clemson, Duke East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
DL Ainuu Taua (@ainuutaua35), 5-11.5, 295
Lompoc, Calif.
Taua, a Jr. All-State selection, led the Braves to a 12-1 mark last season as he recorded seven sacks and plugged the middle. He won Defensive Lineman MVP honors at the L.A. NFTC and has offers from Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.
DE Chad Thomas (@F5_Chad), 6-5, 235, Miami (Fla.) B.T. Washington
Thomas was an All-Class 4A pick last season when he recorded 57 tackles and six sacks. Rated as one of Dade County's top 10 prospects, he has college offers from Florida State, LSU, Marshall, Miami, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
DL Solomon Thomas (@SollyThomas90), 6-3, 260
Coppell, Texas
Thomas was an AP Class 5A second team All-State honoree last season when he had 80 tackles, 13 for loss, eight sacks and blocked seven kicks. He has early offers that include Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, TUCLA, and USC.
DL Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59), 6-4.5, 275
Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic
Thompson attended NFTCs in Chicago and Columbus and the improvement between the two was what sealed his invite to The Opening. Thompson committed to Ohio State over a dozen other universities including Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
DL Andrew Williams (@DrewWill_79), 6-4, 245
McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing
Williams had big numbers as a junior, earning Class A All-State honors with 18 sacks and 60 tackles. He impressed at the Atlanta NFTC when he ran a 4.99 in the 40. His 20-plus offers include favorites such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
DE Gerald Willis (@geee90), 6-3, 260
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Willis, the brother of The Opening 2011 MVP and Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, he dominated at the Atlanta NFTC and lists his early leaders as LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, USC and Alabama.
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