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College Football Recruiting: The Opening's Offensive Stars

Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell

BEAVERTON, OR -- SB Nation was in attendance at Nike World Headquarters for The Opening. Here are the top offensive performers from the prestigious event:

  • Max Browne, Sammamish (WA) Skyline quarterback -- The USC commit was clearly the top quarterback in attendance and lead his team to the 7on7 finals. He can hit all the routes, consistently threw the football well with placement, accuracy, and anticipation. No other quarterback was as good going through his progressions to spread the football around.
  • Shane Morris, Warren (MI) quarterback -- The Michigan commit was quick and decisive with his reads throughout the tournament to avoid four-second counts. He demonstrated a live arm.
  • Ryan Green, St. Petersburg (FL) -- Committed to Florida State, Green consistently showed good hands to make himself a viable threat in a format that doesn't feature running backs.
  • Alvin Kamara, Norcoss (GA) -- He showed the versatility to stretch the field vertically and finish plays, becoming a favored target for his quarterback Max Browne.
  • Torii Hunter, Jr., Prosper (TX) -- The overall 7on7 MVP dominated the final day by making big plays downfield, including two long catches in the championship game. Not only did he separate, but he showed the ability to track the ball in the air, then adjust and get to it before defensive backs could make plays.
  • Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy (TX) -- The cousin of Eric Dickerson silenced doubters as to his future position by consistently creating separation with his deceptive stride and willingness to battle defensive backs with his hands. The best aerial threat, Seals-Jones showcased a wide catching radius.
  • Ryan Switzer, Charleston (WV) -- The diminutive North Carolina pledge was the most productive receiver overall with his blend of unique quickness out of the slot and an ability to get downfield in a format that suited his skillset. He made one game-winning catch and scored numerous other touchdowns.
  • Laquon Treadwell, Monee (IL) -- A major collision over the middle sidelined Treadwell for part of a game early on Sunday, which only served to illustrated how valuable he was to his team. With a frame like a smaller Seals-Jones, Treadwell has remarkable quickness for his size, which allowed him to get in and out his breaks.
  • Tramell Terry, Goose Creek (SC) -- A thick frame and explosive first step allowed Terry to consistently threaten opposing defenses.
  • OJ Howard, Pratteville (AL) -- Arguably the best-looking prospect overall at the event, Howard uses his size like a power forward to consistently box out defenders and win jump balls like an elite rebounder.
  • Marcus Baugh, Moreno Valley (CA) -- An Ohio State commit, Baugh is a big target who attacked the ball well.
  • Ira Denson, Madison (FL) -- Impossible to bullrush with his strong base, Denson has an excellent pass set and was a consistent force when firing off the ball in the run-blocking drills. His battles against A'Shawn Robinson were among the highlights of the one-on-one drills.
  • Devin Kirkland, Miami (FL) -- Rated as a three-star prospect, Kirkland outplayed his ranking and surprised everyone with his ability to play tackle and stone opponents in a format that heavily favors pass rushers, even in pads with his strong base that earned him the OL Overall MVP award.
  • Cameron Hunt, Corona (CA) -- One of the lightest offensive lineman demonstrated excellent technical proficiency. The Cal commit has the flexibility to play all three offensive line positions and even showed the ability to play tackle if necessary.
  • John Lopez, Orange (CA) -- The uncommitted prospect had some of the heaviest hands at the event, the 6-5, 320-pounder needs to learn how to consistently bring his feet after contact. When he does, he could become one of the better line prospects in the class.

Wescott Eberts and Paul Wadlington contributed to this report.