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2014 coverage of The Opening/Elite 11, the country's biggest recruiting event

SB Nation is on Nike's campus in Beaverton, Oregon for the annual showcase of the best high school football players. Follow along below.

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5-star DT McKenzie commits to Tennessee

The massive California prospect was one of the top performers at The Opening.

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Barnett, McKenzie among Opening award winners

The Opening is wrapping up in Oregon, and the event's top performers have earned some recognition.

Four-star Alabama quarterback commit Blake Barnett won the Elite 11 MVP. Five-star Apopka (Fla.) prospect Martez Ivey won the offensive line MVP, while five-star Clayton Valley (Calif.) recruit Kahlil McKenzie won the defensive line MVP. Three-star North Carolina commit Tommy Hatton won the one-on-one offensive line MVP.

The full all-offense and all-defense teams:

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Deon Cain scores long TD from Kyler Murray

Four-star Clemson commit Deon Cain continues to stand out at The Opening. He's listed by some recruiting services as a potential dual-threat quarterback, but he made his case as a wide receiver Thursday by catching this game-tying touchdown pass from Texas A&M commit Kyler Murray.

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Follow The Opening/Elite 11 right here

You know all about the year's biggest recruiting event and why it matters. You know when it's on TV*. But in case you don't happen to follow dozens of the most relevant Twitter accounts (including recruits, coaches, analysts, and more), keep this tab open for constant updates from Oregon.

* Which isn't all that often ...

  • July 8: SPARQ Championship. 8. p.m. ET, ESPNU and Watch ESPN
  • July 9: Seven-on-seven games. 8. p.m. ET, ESPNU and Watch ESPN
  • July 10: Seven-on-seven semifinals/championship and Lineman Challenge finals. 8. p.m. ET, ESPNU and Watch ESPN

... so you should probably stay plugged in via Twitter. You can also subscribe to this list by clicking here.

In this StoryStream, we'll also have video interviews with recruits, analysis, news on the blue-chips who announce their commitments, and more.

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4-star Burt says Strong can win titles at Texas

Florida wide receiver John Burt has a top three of Texas, Auburn and Florida State, but the Longhorns are in the lead, and it helps that he has family connections in Austin.

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4-star RB Jamabo loves Notre Dame tradition

Blue-chip Texas running back Soso Jamabo won't choose a school for awhile, but he has been to Notre Dame and loves the tradition the Irish have. He is also interested in Oregon, UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma, among others.

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5-star LB likes Texas, Aggies, Baylor

Blue-chip linebacker Malik Jefferson ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at The Opening, which is faster than any linebacker at the NFL Combine since 2006. The Texas product is a big fan of three in-state schools: Texas, Texas A&M, and Baylor.

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Blue-chip Derwin James recruiting others to FSU

James is a longtime Florida State commit, but he's also trying to get others to join him. He has reached out fellow star recruits Jacques Patrick and Ray-Ray McCloud to convince them to join him in Tallahassee.

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4-star Mizzou commit Lock talks Tigers

The top quarterback in the state says he knew early on that he wanted to stay home.

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4-star ATH Kirk talks Ohio State, Texas A&M

The four-star athlete spoke to SB Nation about his relationship with Kyler Murray, Raekwon McMillan and his planned decision in November.

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Tide, Vols commits star in WR vs. DB showdown

Of course Alabama has a standout commit on each side of the ball here.

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Watch tons of blue-chip linemen battle

Future college football trench stars square off on Nike's campus in Oregon.

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Horns, Ags, Noles, etc. battling for 4-star CB

Blue-chip cornerback Holton Hill is receiving a lot of attention from in-state schools Texas and Texas A&M, and A&M commits have been in his ear about joining them in College Station. He is also intrigued by Florida State and a number of SEC schools.

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Blue-chip RB McCloud being recruited by Gator QB

Four-star running back Ray-Ray McCloud III has been recruited by Sheriron Jones (our interview with Jones is here) to join him at Florida. McCloud has also seen Clemson, and he's interested in a group of SEC schools, as well as Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State.

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Keisean Lucier-South on narrowing his list

California pass rusher Keisean Lucier-South discusses his list of favorites, his official visit plans, and whether he will make a trip to see the Texas Longhorns. He also talks about a possible timeline for a decision and hopes to set a schedule for top-five visits later this summer.

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Top 2016 recruit: 'I'm surrounded by Aggies'

Deontay Anderson was one of the few 2016 prospects invited to The Opening, and the four-star safety discussed the experience, along with his potential schools, with Wescott Eberts. He has a lot of friends pushing for him to commit to Texas A&M, but he is also intrigued by Texas, Auburn, LSU and others.

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Will Gragg discusses his recruitment

The tight end talks about his upcoming visit plans, his top six, the key to his recruitment, and why Arkansas fans shouldn't be worried about his lack of an official visit to Fayetteville. Gragg also discusses advice he's received at the camp and how he can improve.

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4-star RB Jordan Scarlett picks Miami

Scarlett is staying close to home for college.

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Jacques Patrick talks Florida State, Alabama

Running back recruit Jacques Patrick discusses his leaders of Florida State and Alabama, playing the running back position, and his ideal offense. Patrick also talks about advice received from Tony Dungy, the best Nike swag and his recruiting timeline.

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Updated Elite 11 Quarterback Recruit Standings

Texas Tech commitment Jarrett Stidham maintains his top spot.

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Tim Settle hearing from PSU, Clemson, Tennessee

Defensive tackle recruit Tim Settle says he'll be resetting his recruitment come Sept. 1 to see which schools really want him. Recently, however, he has been hearing a lot from Penn State, Clemson and Tennessee. Settle talks about what the three have to offer and the commits who have been recruiting him.

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De'Andre Johnson recruiting for FSU at The Opening

Florida State quarterback commitment De'Andre Johnson is competing at the Elite 11 and trying to bring others to Florida State from Nike's The Opening. Johnson also discusses his relation with five-star Seminoles safety commit Derwin James and how FSU's national title changes recruiting perceptions, particularly against the SEC.

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Vine: One-handed catch by Calvin Ridley

There is no clear-cut No. 1 receiver recruit in the country for the class of 2015, but there are plenty at Nike's The Opening trying to claim that title. One such player is Calvin Ridley, the Alabama commitment from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch. On Tuesday, Ridley made a fantastic grab with one hand during the 1-on-1 portion of the event.

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Nike SPARQ combine results from The Opening 2014

Want to know who are the best athletes in the 2015 college football recruiting cycle? Here are the answers.

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5-star Texas LB breaks out 4.39 40-yard dash

The star outside linebacker has elite speed ... for a wide receiver.

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QB commit Jones says Gators going "to the top"

Four-star dual-threat quarterback Sheriron Jones of California stayed on the West Coast for Elite 11 camp, but next year, he'll be headed to Florida, where he says the players and coaches are like family. More importantly, he says fans should "be ready, because we're about to go to the top."

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Alabama commit says Kiffin 'dominant' as QB coach

New Alabama commit Blake Barnett talks about the Elite 11 camp and his recent commitment to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. He also discusses his decommitment from Notre Dame, and why he fits so well in Alabama's offense. He's particularly impressed by new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who he says is "dominant at putting quarterbacks in the NFL."

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5-star Gibson happy Vols want him as a QB

The uncommitted five-star athlete discusses his time at the Elite 11 camp and his leaders. Particularly, he is happy that Tennessee wants him as a quarterback, rather than a wide receiver, and he feels he can "talk about anything" around Volunteers coach Butch Jones. He's also interested in Auburn, Ohio State, LSU and Arizona, among others.

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Explaining Nike's The Opening 2014 and Elite 11

College football fans will be hearing a lot about Nike's The Opening in the coming week. Here's everything you need to know, including which colleges have the most prospects at the events and how to watch on TV or stream live.

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