clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Opening 2013 Roster: Football recruits gather at Nike headquarters

The Opening features the top collection of recruits in 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. Here are this year's participants.


The quarterbacks for The Opening are picked by the Elite 11 staff. From hundreds of hopefuls, 18 quarterbacks were selected for the Elite 11 Finals, and can be found here.


RB Charles Buchannon, 5-9, 185, Pleasant Grove, Ala.
Buchanon put up one of the top SPARQ Ratings of the year with a 132.21 at the Atlanta NFTC and included a 4.56 in the 40, a 4.15 shuttle time, a 41 foot power ball throw and an eye-opening 42 inch vertical. He put that athleticism to use on the field as well, rushing for 1,335 yards and 18 total yards as a junior.
RB Nick Chubb (@NickChubb21), 5-10, 210, Cedartown, Ga.
Chubb rushed for over 2,700 yards and 38 TDs as a junior and had college offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and several others before committing to Georgia in June. Had the second best SPARQ Rating at the Atlanta NFTC with a 122.43 on a 4.58 in the 40 and a 40.4 inch vertical.
RB Dalvin Cook, 5-11, 187, Miami (Fla.) Central
Cook was Class 6A All-State as a junior when he ran for 1,452 yards and 21 TDs. Cook has committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, LSU, Miami, Clemson and USC.
RB Leonard Fournette (@_fournette), 6-1, 225, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine
A big back, Fournette ran for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns on 196 carries and added 313 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions. The 2012 AP Class 4A All-State and Maxpreps Junior All-American selection has offers from LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, and Texas A&M among others.
RB Royce Freeman, 5-11.5, 220, Imperial, Calif.
Freeman is as prolific of a rusher as you'll find in the nation, running for 2,482 yards and 34 total TDs as a junior after running for 2,075 yards and 35 scores his sophomore season. Freeman showcased his athleticism with a 110.58 SPARQ Rating at the Los Angeles NFTC and has 20 offers including almost all the Pac12 as well as Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin
RB Elijah Hood (@EHood34), 6-0, 220, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic
Hood had the top SPARQ Rating at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Charlotte when he ran a 4.56 in the 40 and jumped 37 inches in the vertical for a 108.84 SPARQ Rating. The Notre Dame commit performed on the football field as well rushing for 2,868 yards and 45 TDs with a 12.9 average per carry.
RB Jeff Jones (@WaveyJJ_10), 5-11.5, 195, Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn
Jones will stay instate to play at Minnesota. He choose the Gophers over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Syracuse and Wisconsin. Jones ran for 1,002 yards with nine TDs as a junior, following up on a strong sophomore year when he ran for 1,415 yards with 28 scores.
RB Shai McKenzie (@ShaiMcKenzie_), 5-11, 210, Washington, Pa.
McKenzie put up huge numbers in 2012, rushing for over 2,700 yards with 42 touchdowns on the ground. A Class AA All-State selection, he has run a 10.68 in the 100 meters. McKenzie has nearly 30 offers covering the nation including Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
RB Joe Mixon (@MixonItUp28), 6-1, 210, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
He rushed for 1,443 yards as a junior with 20 rushing TDs and also had six receiving scores. Mixon has 20 offers including Arizona State, California, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC and Washington.
RB Derrell Scott (@SilkySm00th24), 5-10.5, 185, Havelock, N.C.
Scott rushed for over 1,800 yards each of the last two years and scoring 34 times in 2012. Chosen to the D.C. NFTC All-Camp Team, he has over 20 offers including schools of interest such as Florida State, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina.
RB Racean Thomas (_@El_GoldenChild), 5-10, 205, Oxford, Ala.
Thomas rushed for 1,768 yards with 24 TDs as a junior to earn Class 6A All-State honors. He ran a 4.62 at the Atlanta Nike Football SPARQ Combine and has offers from his early favorites of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Oregon and LSU.
RB Joseph Yearby (@joe_yearby), 5-9, 190, Miami (Fla.) Central
The prolific runner was Class 6A All-State after rushing for 1,448 yards and 20 TDs as a junior. He committed early to Miami after receiving offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and West Virginia.
WR Braxton Berrios (@HNYNUT_BERRIOS), 5-9, 180, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road
Berrios is a multi-threat on the football field. In 2012, he was a dangerous receiver before taking over at quarterback for the final two regular season games and the playoffs. He completed the season with 389 passing yards, 1,260 rushing yards and 23 scores and 740 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Berrios has offers from a dozen programs including Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
WR Justin Brent (@JustinBrent23), 6-1, 190, Speedway, Ind.
Brent caught 54 balls for 992 yards and 13 TDs last season. Also an outstanding basketball prospect, he has committed to Notre Dame and was one of the top overall players at the Columbus NFTC.
WR Erik Brown, 6-0.5, 170, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
Brown has used several strong performances at passing tournaments and camps--including the Oakland NFTC--to elevate as his stock as one of the top receivers in the country. He has offers from more than a dozen programs including Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
WR George Campbell (@GeorgeCampbell0), 6-3.5, 185 (Class of '15), Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Campbell is a two-way threat, catching 30 passes for 770 yards and nine offensive scores while recording 56 tackles on defense as a sophomore. He showed his size and athletic ability at the Orlando NFTC where he ran a 4.48 in the 40, a 4.22 shuttle, a 37.1 inch vertical and a 34 foot power ball throw to earn a 106.86 SPARQ Rating. He already has 15 offers from national programs like Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
WR Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21), 6-0, 180, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
He impressed at the Massillon Nike Football SPARQ Combine in February when he ran a 4.47 in the 40 and recorded a 38.9 vertical jump. He came back out to the Columbus NFTC where he stood out at the wide receiver position and earned his Opening invite. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Indiana, Michigan State and Tennessee.
WR K.D. Cannon (@IAmKDCannon), 5-11.5, 160, Mount Pleasant, Texas
Cannon was a Class 4A All-State selection after catching 104 passes for 1,592 yards and 26 TDs in 2012. He has offers from Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
WR Johnnie Dixon (@unogohard1), 5-10.5, 195, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer
Dixon was an All-State Class 7A honoree after catching 39 passes for 711 yards and eight scores as a junior. His college offers include home state favorites of Miami, Florida State and Florida.
WR Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre), 6-2.5, 190, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
Dupre was Class 2A All-State in 2012 as he caught 36 passes for 816 yards and 15 TDs for the state champs despite playing in a run-oriented option offense. He has 35 offers including Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane, UCLA and Vanderbilt among others.
WR Drake Harris (@drizzygetbusy01), 6-3, 170, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian
He had an explosive junior season with 2,016 reception yards and a state record 26 TDs. The Michigan star also had a big championship game making a finals-record eight catches for 243 yards. Harris committed to Michigan over offers from Alabama, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
WR Corey Holmes (@coreyholmes4), 6-2, 175, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
He was dubbed by former NFL All-Pro receiver Cris Carter as the "next big thing" at tradition rich St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Holmes had 28 receptions for 511 yards and five TDs last season and fields more than two dozen offers including ones from early leaders Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
WR Lorenzo Joe (@LoJoe12), 6-2.5, 200, Abilene (Texas) Cooper
Joe was the Wide Receiver MVP at the Dallas NFTC and also shined on the football field as a junior when he earned All-District 2-5A honors after rushing for 879 yards and passing for another 1,988 while playing quarterback. Because of his athletic and pass-catching abilities, he's projected to be a receiver at Texas where he committed early over Texas Tech.
WR Ermon Lane, 6-2, 185, Homestead, Florida
He was a Class 6A All-State pick in 2012 when he caught 801 passes for eight scores and also accounted for four interceptions on defense. He has over 20 offers including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC.
WR Allen Lazard (@AllenLazard), 6-4.5, 210, Urbandale, Iowa
The tall receiver, who was a Class 4A All-State honoree as a junior has committed to Iowa State over Iowa, Nebraska, Stanford and Cal and will play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Lazard caught 40 passes for 930 yard and 11 TDs in 2012.
WR Terry McLaurin (@TheTerry_25), 5-11.5, 185, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral
McLaurin is one of the most athletic receivers in the nation and had the highest SPARQ Rating at the Chicago NFTC where he ran a 4.48 in the 40, jumped 41.4 inches in the vertical, ran a 4.36 shuttle and threw the power ball 41 feet for a 126.96 SPARQ Rating. McLaurin committed to Ohio State over early offers that included Ball State, Cincinnati, Iowa, Missouri, Purdue, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
WR Joshua Malone, 6-2, 190, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp
He has two dozen early college offers including Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon State, Tennessee and Washington.
WR Montae Nicholson (@invictaforever), 6-2, 200, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Nicholson can play both sides of the ball, and was the wide receiver MVP at the Columbus NFTC. He was named Class AAAA All-State in 2012 and has 30 offers including Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
WR Devante "Speedy" Noil (@SpeedyNoil), 5-10.5, 175, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Noil put up a strong 120.54 SPARQ Rating at the New Orleans Nike Football SPARQ Combine which included a 4.45 in the 40 and a 41.7 inch vertical. On the field last season, he led Karr to a 4A state title accounting for 47 total TDs. He has an offer list that includes Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas.
WR Michiah Quick (@ItsQuicker), 5-11, 175, Fresno (Calif.) Central
Quick can play several positions including receiver and corner. As a receiver last season he had 37 catches for 592 yards and eight TDs. His offers include Alabama, Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Houston, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Jose State, Tulane, UCLA, USC and Washington.
WR Austin Roberts, 6-2, 220, Carmel, Ind.
He caught 34 passes for 415 yards (12.2 average) as a junior and is a big receiver with impressive athletic ability: a 4.51 in the 40, a 36.6 inch vertical and a 108.57 SPARQ Rating at the Chicago NFTC. Roberts has offers from over 20 universities including early favorites Miami (Fla.), Stanford, Ohio State and Florida.
WR JoJo Robinson, 5-11, 178, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
The speedburner started off the NFTC tour by running a 4.41 40 at the Miami Nike Combine. He came back out to the Miami NFTC in March and tore it up. Has the speed to get behind any defense and showed off good hands in Miami. He committed to Florida State over offers from LSU, Miami, USC and UCLA among others.
WR Travis Rudolph (@TravisRudolph5), 6-0.5, 185, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman
He had 833 total yards on offense and scored 17 touchdowns despite missing three games with an injury. A Class 3A 2nd Team All-State pick, he has offers from Auburn, FIU, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Louisville, Marshall, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
WR Curtis Samuel, 5-11, 180, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus
Samuel lived up to his pre-camp hype as he ran a 4.4 in the 40 and recorded a 111.87 SPARQ Rating. A dual threat running and receiving the ball, the All-Metro pick led his team to the PSAL championship by running for 1,047 yards with 15 TDs on the year. His college offers include Boston College, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
WR Artavis Scott (@ArtavisScott7), 5-10.5, 180 , Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Scott was a Class 8A All-State pick as a junior and a MaxPreps Sophomore All-American two years ago. He has college offers from Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina State.
WR JuJu Smith, 6-1, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Smith was a CalHiSports Jr. All-State pick after catching 47 passes for 689 yards and nine scores to lead Poly to the Pac-5 Division Championship. Smith has already set up two trips--to Michigan and Notre Dame--and also has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah and Wisconsin.
WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (@ThadSnod1), 6-0, 175, Springfield, Ohio
Snodgrass will show up wherever there is competition, having attended a pair of Nike Camps and Nike Combines the last two years and producing a 96.27 SPARQ Rating. A standout at the Columbus NFTC, he caught 30 passes for 452 yards last year and has committed to Kentucky over 15 colleges including Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
WR DeAndre Thompkins (@Calle_Alectia), 5-11, 170, Swansboro, N.C.
Thompkins was an All-Area honoree after totaling 1,359 receiving yards and 10 TDs while making 42 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back. He has committed to Penn State over Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Notre Dame.
WR Trevion Thompson (@the_future_1), 6-2, 180, Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Thompson is rated the No. 8 receiver in his class by and the No. 29 ranked recruit in his class. He made the Charlotte NFTC All-Camp Team and on the field as a junior caught 42 passes for 875 yards and five touchdowns. He has close to 20 offers including Alabama, Cal, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
WR T.V. Williams (@Trey1Williams), 5-7.5, 145, McKinney, Texas
Williams caught 45 passes for 789 yards and 10 TDs as junior and showcased his quickness and explosiveness at the Chicago NFTC in the one-on-one drills and in the testing where he ran a 4.10 in the shuttle and jumped 36.5 inches in the vertical. He has 13 offers from all over the country including Cal, Houston, Iowa, Kentucky, Navy, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Tulsa.
TE Chase Blakley (@chase_blake208), 6-4.5, 247, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho)
The Washington commit was the lead dog in a talented group of tight ends at the Oregon NFTC. A smooth athlete with good size, Blakley is a force both in the passing and running game and should continue the string of great tight ends for the Huskies.
TE Jeb Blazevich (@JebBlazevich), 6-4.5, 230, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian
Blazevich was a 3A All-State pick in 2012 when he caught 30 passes for 379 yards and five scores. He comes from a family of football talent: his grandfather, Ed Tate Parker, played at Ole Miss and his father, Jim Blazevich, played at Northwestern. The latest in the line of athletes was offered by 20 schools before choosing Georgia over other programs such as Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Alabama.
TE Ian Bunting (@BuntingIan), 6-6, 215, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central
He's athletic enough to play receiver, but will grow into a dynamic tight end at the next level. An outstanding student as well, he has committed to Michigan over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, USC and Vanderbilt.
TE Kevin Crosby, 6-0.5, 240, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Crosby played both sides of the ball, but was practically unstoppable on offense as he caught 31 passes for 910 yards and 11 TDs. He was offered by Alabama, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina before committing to South Carolina.
TE Tyler Luatua (@Luatua9), 6-3, 245, La Mirada, Calif.
A Junior All-State pick last season, he has nearly 30 offers from top programs nationwide including Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, and USC.
TE Dalton Schultz (@BinghamBaller9), 6-5.5, 230, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Had 34 receptions last season for 490 yards and three scores. He carries a 4.0 GPA and has college offers from ASU, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.
More: Offensive and defensive line rosters


LB Matthew Adams (@all_in_adams), 5-11.5, 205, Missouri City (Texas) Hightower
Adams was a 23-5A All-District selection in 2012 and impressed at the Dallas NFTC where he recorded a 90.18 SPARQ Rating and was one of the top linebackers throughout the event. He has committed to Houston over offers from Boise State, Southern Methodist and Tulsa.
LB Joey Alfieri (@jalfieri4), 6-2, 215, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
He earned MVP Honors at the Oakland NFTC after what linebacker coach Chris Gizzi called "the most impressive performance for a linebacker this year." Alfieri has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams (@WatchOut4_11), 6-0.5, 220, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Williams was a Class AAA All-State pick after recording 99 tackles (22 for loss) with 16 sacks as a junior. He had over two dozen offers before committing to South Carolina.
LB Dillon Bates (@dillonbates), 6-3, 215 , Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Bates comes from a football family as his father, Bill Bates, played for the Dallas Cowboys and two older brothers are currently at Wake Forest and Northwestern. He will be a three year starter and was a Class 5A All-State pick last year after recording 104 tackles. Bates was invited after a 109.05 SPARQ Rating at the Atlanta NFSC. His college offers include Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio St, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.
LB Kyle Berger (@k_bergs), 6-1.5, 220, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Berger had 39 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a junior to earn Div. I All-State honors. The Ohio State commit had scholarship offers from other Big 10 programs such as Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State as well as Alabama, Arkansas,Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia in part because of his 4.0 GPA. He was the linebacker MVP in a strong group at the Columbus NFTC.
LB Dante Booker (@D_Book47), 6-3, 210, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
Booker earned several honors as a junior including MaxPreps All-American, Army All-American, All-State and Div. III Defensive He will stay within his home state borders to play for Ohio State. Other offers included Indiana, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.
LB D.J. Calhoun (@DJ_Calhoun), 5-11.5, 200, El Cerrito, Calif.
Calhoun recorded 170 tackles with four fumble recoveries and also had nine touchdowns on offense to earn Defensive MVP honors in the TCAL-Rock Division. He has close to 20 offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, UCLA and USC.
LB Jamardre Cobb (@jamardreB), 6-0, 220, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
He recorded 115 tackles and five forced fumbles as a junior and also ran for five touchdowns to earn All-CIF honors. He has 20 offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin.
LB Kain Daub (@DaubKain), 6-3.5, 238, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Daub was a Class 8A All-State pick after recording 74 tackles, seven sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior. He committed to Florida State over offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC and UCLA.
LB Rashaan Evans (@616evans4), 6-2, 215, Auburn, Ala.
Evans was a Class 6A All-State pick last season as he collected 32 tackles (16 for loss) and five sacks. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, TCU and Washington.
LB Clifton Garrett (@CG340), 6-2, 215, Plainfield, Ill.
He compiled 107 tackles including 11 for loss in 2012. He has nearly three dozen offers including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Virginia and Wisconsin.
LB Raekwon McMillan (@Kwon_daTrurth), 6-1.5, 250, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty Co.
McMillan gathered about every award possible last season, including MaxPreps Junior All-American, AP All-State and Defensive Player of the Year honors. His college offers include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Stanford and Texas.
LB Christian Miller, 6-3.5, 215, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley
Miller, whose father, Corey, had a 10 year career in the NFL with the Giants and Vikings, was a force on the field as a junior collecting 121 tackles and 14 sacks. His college offers include Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.
LB Nyles Morgan (@Obey_Pride ), 6-1.5, 235, Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee
He made 106 tackles with four sacks and two INTs last season to earn All-State honors. Miles has over 30 offers including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue in the Big Ten and notables such as Florida, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC across the nation.
LB Chris Register (@HEAD_Hunta6), 6-2.5, 230, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley
Register was one of the top defenders at the Charlotte NFTC and made the All-Camp team. He totaled 110 tackles with seven sacks and five forced fumbles in 2012. He has committed to Clemson over a dozen other offers including Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Virginia.
LB Dwight Williams (_@DW7_ ), 6-1, 200, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Williams had 160 tackles for the Div. II bowl champs in 2012 and has the athleticism to roam sideline to sideline. Invited after winning LB MVP award at the L.A. NFTC. College offers include ASU, Boise St, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Michigan St, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon St, Southern Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, Washington and Washington St.
LB Petera Wilson, 6-2, 215, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station
Wilson was a Class 6A All-State pick last season. His early top three, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State, have offered as have Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Teas Tech, UCLA and USC.
LB Richard Yeargin III (@ryearginIII), 6-3, 220, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
The tall defender was All-Broward Co. last year when he made 45 tackles (20 for loss) and 13 sacks. He has an offer list that includes Boston College, Florida, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
DB Jamal Adams (@ThaJudgeKO), 6-0, 198, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Adams picked off five passes as a junior and collected 80 tackles from his safety spot. He will be a four year varsity starter and has college offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
DB Kavin Alexander (@kavinnManee), 5-8.5, 180, North Little Rock, Ark.
Alexander has been on the national radar since he recorded the highest SPARQ Rating at the 2012 Dallas NFTC with a 129.24. At this year's camp he opened eyes with a 148.17 rating, the second highest ever recorded. He has the ability to play corner or safety and had two INTs as a junior with 43 tackles and a blocked punt. Alexander currently has no offers, but expect that to change soon. His early favorites include Arkansas, where his cousin Darren McFadden played, as well as Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU and Oklahoma State.
DB Terrence Alexander (@Terrence_9), 5-9.5, 175, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
Alexander showcased his athletic ability at the Memphis NFTC when he ran a 4.45 in the 40, jumped 35.8 inches in the vertical and recorded a 105.54 SPARQ Rating. As a junior he had four INTs and 17 pass break ups. He has over 20 offers including Arizona, Arkansas, ASU, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
DB Budda Baker (@buddabaker32), 5-9, 175, Bellevue, Wash.
Considered by most as the top recruit in Washington, he earned Class 3A All-State honors after recording 81 tackles and picking off six passes (returning two for TDs). On offense he averaged 16 yards per carry and 26 yards per catch with a total of 19 scores. He's been offered by all of the Pac 12 except Stanford as well as Boise State and Notre Dame with Oregon, UCLA and Washington being early favorites.
DB Quin Blanding (@TakeOver_7), 6-2, 205, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
Blanding made 111 tackles with five INTs to earn The Beach District Defensive Player of the Year. He also had 1,035 yards at wide receiver with six TDs to lead the Eastern Region in receiving. Blanding will stay instate to play at the next level as he committed to Virginia over offers from Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
DB John Bonney (@JBonney_4), 6-0, 185, Houston (Texas) Lamar
Bonney has 30 offers including Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, UCLA and Virginia.
DB Tony Brown (@JustDoit_TB), 6-0, 190, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
He was a Class 4A honorable mention All-State selection as a junior and has college offers from Alabama, Illinois, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.
DB Duke Dawson (@NoFLYZoNeDawson), 5-11, 197, Cross City (Fla.) Dixie Co.
Dawson had 43 tackles and two INTs last season. He committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21), 5-11.5, 185 (Class of '15), Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Fitzpatrick is one of the top underclassmen in the East and already has offers from Miami, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wisconsin. A two-way threat, he had 21 tackles and two INTs as a sophomore and ran for nearly 500 yards with five scores for a program that has produced several BCS caliber recruits. At the New Jersey NFTC, he ran a 4.16 in the shuttle and jumped 32.8 inches in the vertical.
DB Kyle Gibson (@K_Gibson_G), 5-11.5, 170, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Gibson had 65 tackles, four INTs, four forced fumbles and three sacks as an athletic, aggressive strong safety. College offers include Notre Dame, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Louisville and Florida as well as several other in-state programs.
DB Wesley Green (@WGreen_4), 5-11, 170, Lithonia (Ga.) M.L. King
He earned Class 6A All-Region honors as a junior. He committed to South Carolina over offers that included Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, and Tennessee
DB Naijiel Hale (@YoungNateDogg), 5-11, 175, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Son of recording artist Nate Dogg, Hale has been on the map since his sophomore year when he was a All-State pick. He was invited after the L.A. NFTC where he impressed coaches with his quick feet and hips. College offers include Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Washington State and Wisconsin.
DB C.J. Hampton (@_Hamp4dEM), 6-0.5, 195, Meridian, Miss.
Hampton was a Class 6A All-State pick as a junior after making 48 tackles and picking off three passes. Carrying a 3.7 GPA, he has offers from Stanford and Mississippi State but committed early to Ole Miss.
DB Chris Hardeman (@Chris_Hardeman1), 5-7.5, 190, Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
Hardeman was a 18-5A All-District pick as a junior when he recorded 51 tackles and 22 pass deflections. His father, Cedric, is an assistant coach at Alief Taylor. Chris made his college choice official when he committed to LSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
DB Treon Harris (@t5_harris), 5-10.5, 185, Miami (Fla.) B.T. Washington
Harris was a Class 4A All-State pick after leading Washington to a Class 4A state title. Harris passed for 2,576 yards and 33 TDs with only seven INTs while rushing for another 751 yards and 15 scores. Invited after the Miami NFSC where he had a 92.61 SPARQ Rating, his college offers include Arizona, Boston College, Central Florida, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Marshall, Ole Miss and South Florida.
DB Adoree' Jackson (@AdoreeKnows), 5-9.5, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Despite teams not throwing his direction much, Jackson still had five interceptions and was a threat as a receiver and punt returner. He has close to 30 offers including most of the Pac 12 and lists Alabama, LSU, Oregon, UCLA and USC as early favorites.
DB Derwin James Jr. (@derwinjames6), 6-2, 200 (Class of '15), Auburndale, Fla.
James will be a junior this season and impressed at the Orlando NFTC where he ran a 4.66 in the 40, recorded a 35.1 and dominated the one-on-one drills to earn All-Camp Team honors. A Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State player, he has already committed to Florida State.
DB Chris Lammons (@CL1_Era), 5-9.5, 170, Plantation, Fla.
Lammons was All-Broward County last year playing mostly at cornerback. Quick and explosive, he has a 35 inch vertical and has received offers from instate powers Florida, Florida State and Miami as well as Alabama and Ohio State.
DB Jonathan Lockett (@Jlock_21), 5-11, 170, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Lockett was a Junior All-State selection after making 42 tackles, seven INTs and scoring seven touchdowns on offense and special teams. He has offers from several Pac 12 schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington as well as Boise State, Notre Dame and San Jose State.
DB Iman Marshall, 6-0.5, 185 (Class of '15), Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Marshall already has offers from a dozen schools including Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Tennessee, Washington, UCLA and USC. Playing for one of the perennial top talent-producing high schools in the country, he was selected as a Sophomore All-State pick in 2012.
DB Trey Marshall (@Marshall_Era21), 5-11, 195, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Marshall earned Class 6A All-State honors at strong safety where he had 60 tackles, six pass breakups, three INTs and three forced fumbles. He has offers from a dozen programs including Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
DB Mattrell McGraw (@MattrellMcGraw), 5-10, 175, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
McGraw made the Memphis NFTC All-Camp Team after impressing coaches with coverage skills. He totaled 65 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and few in the country have seen such as meteoric recruiting rise this spring as McGraw, who now has over three dozen offers including favorites such as Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC.
DB Edward Paris (@323Eddie_P), 6-0, 200, Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Paris received several major honors last season including MaxPreps Junior All-American, AP Class 5A All-State and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Super Team. Paris accounted for seven interceptions (two for TDs) and 37 tackles with eight passes broken up last year. He has verballed to LSU with other offers coming from Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
DB John Plattenburg (@ITS_PLATTnum), 5-10, 175, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Plattenburg was the Defensive Back MVP at the Oakland NFTC and earned All-Camp honors. As a junior he made 71 tackles with five interceptions. Plattenburg has 15 offers including favorites like Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor and Washington.
DB Adarius Pickett (@YoungPickett_8), 5-11, 175, El Cerrito, Calif.
A second team Junior All-State pick on the field and a 3.7 GPA student in the classroom, he has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Purdue, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State and Virginia.
DB Brandon Simmons (@GoldenMongoose2), 6-1, 185, Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Simmons traveled from Texas to attend the Oakland NFTC in large part so he could visit where he will play his college ball: Stanford. He has a 4.2 GPA and on the football field had 101 tackles as a junior to earn All-District 7-5A honors.
DB Arrion Springs (@A_Springs4), 5-11.5, 190, San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt
At the Dallas NFTC he showed off his athleticism as he ran a 4.49 in the 40 and a 4.04 shuttle as part of a 113.76 SPARQ Rating. An All-District selection as a junior when he made 65 tackles and intercepted four passes, the Texan has college offers from more than a dozen schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Kansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
DB M.J. Stewart (@PhillyBoy_Marv), 5-11, 190, Arlington (Va.) Yorktown
Stewart was a Class AAA All-State pick because of his prolific stats on both sides of the ball: at running back he rushed for 1,842 yards with 28 TDs and also had 323 yards receiving and four more scores. As a defensive back Steward recorded 52 tackles and 10 INTs. In addition, he also had three punt returns for scores. He has offers from several favorites including Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner (@_TheRealDSG), 6-1, 195, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite
He was selected All-District 10-4A last season and has committed to Texas A&M over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and TCU.
DB Jalen Tabor (Twitter), 6-1, 190, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate
Tabor was a MaxPreps Jr. All-American and Washington Post All-Metro honoree after not allowing a single completion all year. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and several others.
DB Troy Vincent, 5-9, 190, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman
Vincent is the son of former NFL All-Pro Troy Vincent and chose Penn State over offers including Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
DB C.J. Reavis (@C_Reavis11), 6-0.5, 200, Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale
Reavis recorded 107 tackles, 17 pass breakups, three sacks and two interceptions last year and emerged from a strong pack of DB's at the DC NFTC to take home an Opening invite. Reavis has committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others.
DB Jaleel Wadood (@OGLeel_2), 5-10, 165, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Wadood was a Junior All-State selection as a junior when he recorded 50 tackles and an interception and added six touchdowns on offense. He made the L.A. NFTC All-Camp team and has pulled in offers from USC, UCLA, ASU, Arizona Boise State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State and Vandebilt.
DB Ronald Walker (@RonaldWalkerD1), 6-1, 185, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Walker committed to Ole Miss in December so he may not have gotten the publicity of some recruits, but the safety/outside linebacker prospect showed why he's SEC bound during his junior year when he recorded 80 tackles, including 12 for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles. At the Memphis Nike Football Training Camp he ran a 4.67 in the 40 and recorded a 34.7 vertical.
DB Armani Watts (Twitter), 5-10.5, 180, Forney (Texas) North Forney
Watts was a All-District 10-4A selection and went both sides of the ball, scoring nine TDs rushing and catching the ball with 22 tackles on defense. He starred in the one-on-one drills at the Dallas NFTC and has announced he will play at Texas A&M despite offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UCLA.
DB Damon Webb (@DameWebb), 5-10, 175, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
He was a two-way standout scoring seven TDs as a receiver and picking off seven passes on defense. Webb will cross state borders to play at Ohio State, who he chose over other offers from major schools such as Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
DB Kendarius Webster (@d1_kendarius), 5-10.5, 175, Stockbridge, Ga.
Webster was one of the stars at the Atlanta NFTC where he shined in the one-on-one drills and also tested well with a 4.41 in the 40, a 34.2 inch vertical and a 97.68 SPARQ Rating. He is also a track standout--running the 100 and 400 meters--and has 20 offers for football including Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Vanderbilt.
DB Quincy Wilson (@DC_WILSON954), 6-1, 200, Ft Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Wilson was a 2nd Team All-Broward County 5A pick as a junior after making 40 tackles and recording one INT. He has close to 40 offers including Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia, UCLA and USC.