clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The Opening Finals schedule 2017: When top recruits are competing

New, comment

The action gets started on Friday.

Nike’s The Opening Finals are this weekend, and dozens of the nation’s top recruits are participating in the event. The Finals from Beaverton, Ore. features a variety of competition-based events, including a 7-on-7 tournament, a lineman competition, and a Nike training camp.

You can also follow along with all of the action by following @SBNRecruiting on Twitter, and our live blog for The Opening.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

July 3, Monday

  • LINEMAN DRILLS: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • NIKE 7ON7 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • LINEMAN 1ON1 FINALS: 3:35 p.m. ET
  • LINEMAN INTERVIEW SESSION: 4 p.m. ET
  • NIKE 7ON7 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: 7 p.m. ET
  • INTERVIEW SESSION: 8 p.m. ET
  • THE OPENING AWARDS CEREMONY: 8:30 p.m. ET

Nike training camp: Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET

This event is like the NFL Combine, with each player receiving an athleticism score and the winner being crowned.

Each prospect will run through drills, which are rated through Nike’s Football Ratings system. Some notable winners from the event include Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil and former Alabama safety and New York Giant safety Landon Collins.

7-on-7 pool play begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Championships begin on Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET, with the finals at 7 p.m. ET.

There are a total of five teams for the 7-on-7 tournament, including Team Vapor Speed, Team Untouchable, Team Savage Pro, Team Mach Speed, Team Hyper Strong, and Team Alpha Menace.

Team Savage Pro is led by Clemson commit and the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit for 2018, quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams is also on the team, as well as four-star linebacker Xavier Peters, four-star running back Cam’Rom Davis, and five-star receiver Brian Hightower.

Team Vapor speed features four-star quarterback Justin Rogers, running back Ricky Pearson Jr., five-star receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., linebacker and Ohio State commit Teradja Mitchell, and defensive back Sevyn Banks, both Ohio State commits.

Team Alpha Menace features four Michigan commits in four-star linebacker Emil Ekiyor, defensive back Myles Sims, three-star running back Christian Turner, and defensive back Gemon Green. The quarterbacks are Matt Corral and UCLA commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Five-star receiver Jalen Hall is also on this team.

Team Hyper Strong features Virginia Tech commit Quincy Patterson and Utah commit Jack Tuttle as the quarterbacks, as well as running back and Florida State commit James Cook and wideouts Tommy Bush and Isaah Crocker. The defense has three Florida State commits in linebacker Amari Gainer, defensive backs A.J. Lytton and Asante Samuel Jr. Five-star defensive lineman P.J. Mustipher is also on Team Hyper Strong.

Team Mach Speed has Washington State commit Cammon Cooper and Justin Field at quarterbacks, and five-star Justin Fields. There are also a couple of Penn State commits, in running back Ricky Slade Jr. and Justin Shorter. Five-stars in Texas commit B.J. Foster and Zachary Harrison will anchor the defensive line.

Quarterbacks Tanner McKee and UNC commit Tyler Shough will lead Team Untouchable. Other notable stars on offense include running back and Oklahoma commit Tj Pledger, Nebraska commit Joshua Moore and Alabama commit Xavier Williams at wide receiver, and five-star offensive lineman Brey Walker. Some of the bigger defensive stars include five-star linebacker Micah Parsons, five-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson, and five-star defensive lineman Jowon Briggs.

The Lineman Challenge begins Sunday, and the Lineman 1-on-1 finals are Monday at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Some big-name offensive lineman include Oklahoma commit Brey Walker, Devontae Dobbs, Jackson Carman, and Jamaree Salyer, all whom are five-stars.

There are several five-star defensive lineman to watch for, including Clemson commit Xavier Thomas, Georgia commit Nolan Smith, and Ohio State commits Brenton Cox Jr. and Taron Vincent. Some of the uncommitted stars on the defensive line include Jowon Briggs, KJ Henry, P.J. Mustipher, and Zachary Harrison.

Follow along with our 2017 Opening Finals live blog: