BEAVERTON, Oregon -- The Opening unquestionably features some of the top athletes in the country and if there needed to be any more proof of that, some of the testing results from the SPARQ competition confirmed what everyone in attendance already knew.
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr wide receiver Speedy Noil lived up to his nickname with a reported 4.40 time in the 40 (unofficial) and a ridiculous 45.3 vertical as friend and possible fellow future LSU commit Malachi Dupre of New Orleans (La.) John Curtis stood by and watched, hoping that Noil wouldn't surpass his mark of 42.5 inches.
Aided by what is believed to be one of the top 40 times and the insane vertical leap, Noil put his name in the SPARQ record books as he readies for the SPARQ Championship this evening:
Not long before, Georgia running back commit Nick Chubb had taken the lead:
Before Chubb, it was Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood who held the top spot:
Until the official results come out, it's difficult to determine the individual leaders in the 40, the shuttle, the power ball toss and the vertical, but it seems safe to say that Dupre and Noil are at the top of the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Coppell (Texas) defensive lineman Solomon Thomas may well be among the best at the power ball toss with a strong effort:
The best unofficial power ball toss was from 2012 was the 41.9-foot effort from eventual Alabama signee Derrick Henry.
Aside from the 45.3-inch vertical from Noil, the most impressive feat of athleticism may have been the reported 4.35 40 from Beaumont (Texas) Ozen Tony Brown, who has spent most of his summer starring on the track circuit. Aside from the 40 time that matched the "4.35" shirts prospects were wearing as part of their swag from the event, Brown also reportedly ran a 3.83 shuttle, which may be even more impressive than his 40 time. If that latter number holds (and it should), it would best the top unofficial shuttle time, Colin Spence's 3.87, from 2012. The 40 time, however? As impressive as it is, it's not quite in the stratosphere of the 4.32 recorded by eventual LSU signee Jeryl Brazil last year.
So, yeah, The Opening features the best of the best. Now completely confirmed past the point of necessary confirmation.