The Opening is the most prestigious recruiting event of the summer, featuring over 150 of the best players in the country. Five of those recruits have fathers who played in the NFL.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams 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. The 6'1, 220-pounder ranked as the 162nd best prospect in the Class of 2014 by 247 Sports and had over two dozen offers before committing to South Carolina. Find him on Twitter @WatchOut4_11. His father, Georgia Williams, played four seasons as a defensive lineman for the New York Giants.
LB Dillon Bates, 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. The 6'3, 215-pounder 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, though he is expected to commit to the Volunteers while in Oregon. He's on Twitter @dillonbates. Bill Bates, his father, was a longtime special teams standout for the Dallas Cowboys during their glory years.
LB Christian Miller, 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. Rated as the No. 76 player nationally by ESPN, the 6'4, 215-pounder's college offers include Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech. Corey Miller, his father, played nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, registering seven interceptions and starting the majority of games for four seasons.
ATH Austin Roberts, Carmel (Ind.): Roberts is rated as the No. 166 prospect in 2014 by ESPN. 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. The 6'2, 220-pounder has offers from over 20 universities including early favorites Miami (Fla.), Stanford, Ohio State, and Florida. His father, Alfredo Roberts, played tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys and is now the tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
DB Troy Vincent, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman: Vincent, a consensus four-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, is the son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Troy Vincent and had a strong showing at the New Jersey NFTC. Vincent committed to Penn State over offers from more than 20 schools.