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What are The Opening Finals? Explaining Nike's recruiting Super Bowl in a 2-minute read

Every summer, top recruits descend on Nike’s Oregon campus for the star-studded camp.

There are college football recruiting camps all over the country all summer. Every FBS team has one, to take a look at recruitable talent in person in a relatively controlled environment. But none has anywhere near the concentration of talent that Nike’s The Opening does. The full roster of star recruits is below.

It used to be televised on ESPN, but in 2017, only Monday, July 3rd’s 7-on-7 championship will be aired, on the NFL Network. You can also follow along with all of the action by following @SBNRecruiting on Twitter, and our live blog for the event, which begins Friday afternoon ET.

So what the heck is The Opening anyway?

This will be the seventh year of the competition, and it’s technically a few different events rolled into one. In order to score an invite, recruits must qualify by attending and performing well in one of the numerous regional Nike recruiting camps throughout the spring. The component containing the players’ testing numbers is now done in an app.

In total, 166 players made the cut in 2017 and get to go to Nike’s massive Beaverton, Ore. campus with expenses paid by the apparel giant. They’ll receive instruction and guidance from an experienced group of trainers.

And of course, there is swag.

The first two days are QB-centric. The best signal-callers in the nation made the cut at the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles earlier this month. At The Opening, they receive more unique training.

When the rest of the players get there on Day 3, the Nike Football Rating Championship takes place. Think of this like the NFL Combine for the top high school players. You can count on the testing numbers being legit as well as eye-popping. This replaces the SPARQ testing system that you might have heard of.

There’s also a lineman challenge, where the best OLs and DLs go up 1-on-1, many of them wearing pads to give the most realistic assessment of skill. (Players from some states aren’t allowed to strap up, due to restrictions by their high school athletic associations.)

While the linemen do their thing, the skill players do theirs in a 7-on-7 tournament. It culminates with a final on Sunday to close the event.

Which recruits will be at 2017’s event?

Opening attendees

Star rating per 247Sports Name Pos High School State Year Committed to?
Star rating per 247Sports Name Pos High School State Year Committed to?
Five-star Xavier Thomas DL IMG Academy FL 2018 Clemson
Five-star Trevor Lawrence QB Cartersville GA 2018 Clemson
Five-star Nolan Smith DL IMG Academy FL 2019 Georgia
Five-star Lorenzo Lingard RB University FL 2018 Miami
Five-star Brenton Cox Jr. DL Stockbridge GA 2018 Ohio State
Five-star Taron Vincent DL IMG Academy FL 2018 Ohio State
Five-star Brey Walker OL Southmoore OK 2018 Oklahoma
Five-star B.J. Foster DB Angleton TX 2018 Texas
Five-star Palaie Gaoteote LB Bishop Gorman NV 2018 USC
Five-star Amon-Ra St. Brown WR Mater Dei CA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Anthony Cook DB Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Brennan Eagles WR Alief Taylor TX 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Devontae Dobbs OL Belleville MI 2019 Uncommitted
Five-star Jackson Carman OL Fairfield OH 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Jalen Hall WR Hawkins CA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Jamaree Salyer OL Pace Academy GA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Jowon Briggs DL Walnut Hills OH 2019 Uncommitted
Five-star Justin Fields QB Harrison GA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Justyn Ross WR Central AL 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star KJ Henry DL West Forsyth NC 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Matthew Corral QB Long Beach Poly CA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Micah Parsons LB Harrisburg VA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Owen Pappoe LB Grayson GA 2019 Uncommitted
Five-star P.J. Mustipher DL McDonogh MD 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Patrick Surtain II DB American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Tanner McKee QB Centennial CA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Terrace Marshall Jr. WR Parkway LA 2018 Uncommitted
Five-star Tyreke Johnson DB Trinity Christian FL 2018 Uncommitted
FIve-star Zachary Harrison DL Olentangy OH 2019 Uncommitted
Four-star Xavier Williams WR Chaminade-Madonna FL 2018 Alabama
Four-star Luke Ford TE Carterville IL 2018 Arkansas
Four-star Brandon Kaho LB Reno NV 2018 BYU
Four-star Amari Burney DB Calvary Christian FL 2018 Florida
Four-star A.J. Lytton DB Dr. Henry Wise MD 2018 FSU
Four-star Amari Gainer LB Chiles FL 2018 FSU
Four-star Asante Samuel Jr. DB St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 FSU
Four-star James Cook RB Miami Central FL 2018 FSU
Four-star Corione Harris DB Landry-Walker LA 2018 Kansas
Four-star Jarren Williams QB Central Gwinnett GA 2018 Kentucky
Four-star Kelvin Joseph DB Scotlandville Magnet LA 2018 LSU
Four-star Camron Davis RB Carol City FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Josh Jobe DB Miami Columbus FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Will Mallory TE Providence FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Al Blades DB St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Brevin Jordan TE Bishop Gorman NV 2018 Miami
Four-star Brian Hightower WR IMG Academy FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Mark Pope WR Southridge FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Nesta Silvera DL American Heritage FL 2018 Miami
Four-star Emil Ekiyor OL Cathedral IN 2018 Michigan
Four-star Myles Sims DB Westlake GA 2018 Michigan
Four-star Ricky Person Jr. RB Franklinton NC 2018 NC State
Four-star Devin Leary QB Timber Creek NJ 2018 NC State
Four-star Brendan Radley-Hiles RB IMG Academy FL 2018 Nebraska
Four-star Chase Williams ATH Eleanor Roosevelt CA 2018 Nebraska
Four-star Payton Wilson LB Orange NC 2018 North Carolina
Four-star Tyler Shough QB Hamilton AZ 2018 North Carolina
Four-star George Takacs TE Gulf Coast FL 2018 Notre Dame
Four-star Jayson Ademilola DL St. Peter's Prep NJ 2018 Notre Dame
Four-star Derrik Allen DB Lassiter GA 2018 Notre Dame
Four-star Andrew Chatfield DL American Heritage FL 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Jaelen Gill RB Westerville South OH 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Jaiden Woodbey DB St. John Bosco CA 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Josh Proctor DB Owasso OK 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Sevyn Banks DB Jones FL 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Teradja Mitchell LB Bishop Sullivan Catholic VA 2018 Ohio State
Four-star Ron Tatum DL Putnam City OK 2018 Oklahoma
Four-star TJ Pledger RB IMG Academy FL 2018 Oklahoma
Four-star Steve Stephens DB Edison CA 2018 Oregon
Four-star Jamal Elliot RB Hillside NC 2018 Oregon
Four-star Jevon Holland DB Bishop O'Dowd CA 2018 Oregon
Four-star Ricky Slade Jr. RB C.D. Hylton VA 2018 Penn State
Four-star Justin Shorter WR South Brunswick NJ 2018 Penn State
Four-star Tyrone Sampson Jr. OL East English Village Prep MI 2018 Syracuse
Four-star Justin Rogers QB Parkway LA 2018 TCU
Four-star Atanza Vongor DB South Grand Prarie TX 2018 TCU
Four-star Alontae Taylor ATH Coffee County TN 2018 Tennessee
Four-star Rondale Moore WR Trinity KY 2018 Texas
Four-star Caden Sterns DB Steele TX 2018 Texas
Four-star Joshua Moore WR IMG Academy FL 2018 Texas A&M
Four-star Leon O'Neal Jr. DB Cy Springs TX 2018 Texas A&M
Four-star Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB Bishop Gorman NV 2018 UCLA
Four-star Stephan Blaylock DB St. John Bosco CA 2018 UCLA
Four-star Raymond Scott LB Narbonne CA 2018 USC
Four-star Jack Tuttle QB Mission Hills CA 2018 Utah
Four-star Marquis Spiker WR Murrieta Valley CA 2018 Washington
Four-star Aashari Crosswell DB Hawkins CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Al'Vonte Woodard WR Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Anthony Schwartz WR American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Azeez Ojulari DL Marietta GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Bryan Addison DB Serra CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Cameron Latu DL Olympus UT 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Cameron McGrone LB Lawrence Central IN 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Channing Tindall LB Spring Valley SC 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Chase Cota WR South Medford OR 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Christian Tutt DB Heights TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Curtis Dunlap Jr. OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star D'Shawn Jamison DB Lamar TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Dante Stills DL Fairmont WV 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Devon Williams WR Antelope Valley CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Elijah Moore WR St. Thomas Aquinas FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Greg Emerson DL North Side TN 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Harold Joiner III RB Mountain Brook AL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Houston Griffith DB IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Isaac Taylor-Stuart DB St. Augustine CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Isaah Crocker WR Inderkum CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star J.J. Peterson LB Colquitt County GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star JaMarr Chase WR Archbishop Rummel LA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jack Lamb LB Great Oak CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jalen Green DB Heights TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jalen Preston WR Manvel TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jaycee Horn DB Alpharetta GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jeremy Ruckert TE Lindenhurst NY 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Jordyn Adams WR Green Hope NC 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Josh Vann WR Tucker GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Justin Dedich OL Chapparal CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star K'Vaughan Pope LB Dinwiddie VA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kalon Gervin DB Cass Tech MI 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kamryn Babb WR Christian Brothers College MO 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kearis Jackson WR Peach County GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kevin Austin WR North Broward FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kyle Pitts TE Archbishop Wood PA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Kyler McMichael DB Greater Atlanta Christian School GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star L'Christian Smith WR Wayne OH 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Merlin Robertson LB Serra CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Michael Thompson DL Parkway North MO 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Mychale Salahuddin ATH Woodson H.D. DC 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Olaijah Griffin DB Mission Viejo CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Penei Sewell OL Desert Hills CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Rasheed Walker OL North Point MD 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Reuben Unije OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Richard Gouraige OL Cambridge Christian FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Rick Sandidge Jr. DL Concord NC 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Ronnie Perkins DL Lutheran North MO 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Shayne Simon LB St. Peters Prep NJ 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Solomon Enis WR North Canyon AZ 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Solomon Tuliaupupu LB Mater Dei CA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Talanoa Hufanga DB Crescent Valley OR 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Tank Jenkins OL Park Crossing AL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Tommy Bush WR Samuel Clemens TX 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Trey Hill OL Houston County GA 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Tyreke Smith DL Cleveland Heights OH 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Tyson Campbell DB American Heritage FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star William Barnes OL Apopka FL 2018 Uncommitted
Four-star Xavier Peters LB Lakota West OH 2018 Uncommitted
NA Sammiuela Taimaini OL East Salt Lake City UT 2018 Uncommitted
Not rated John Emery Jr. RB Destrehan LA 2019 Uncommitted
Three-star Christian Morgan DB Porter TX 2018 Baylor
Three-star Chris Smith DB Hapeville Charter GA 2018 Georgia
Three-star Micah Baskerville LB Evangel Christian Aca. LA 2018 LSU
Three-star Nelson Jenkins III DL Plaquemine LA 2018 LSU
Three-star Delone Scaife OL Southridge FL 2018 Miami
Three-star Gemon Green DB DeSoto TX 2018 Michigan
Three-star Christian Turner RB Buford GA 2018 Michigan
Three-star Jamion Franklin DL North Caroline MD 2018 Notre Dame
Three-star Ovie Oghoufo LB Harrison MI 2018 Notre Dame
Three-star Quincy Patterson II QB Solorio Academy IL 2018 Virginia Tech
Three-star Cammon Cooper QB Lehi UT 2018 Washington State
Three-star Chigoziem Okonkwo TE Hillgrove GA 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Daniel Faalele OL IMG Academy FL 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star David Reese LB Fort Pierce Central FL 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Dennis Briggs Jr. DL Gateway FL 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Devon Lawrence RB Wake Forest NC 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Gunner Romney WR Chandler AZ 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Jovaughn Gwyn OL Harding NC 2018 Uncommitted
Three-star Kenneth Dicks III DB Lambert GA 2018 Uncommitted
Two-star William Craig OL Granite Bay CA 2018 Uncommitted

These players will join players like Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Fournette, and many other recent top college football talents to “get open.”

One thing there won’t be at the camp is any personnel from a college football program.

This is about players and their families in a showcase of the best talent in the country. The goal at this specific event isn’t to secure a scholarship offer, and again, these players are already the best of the best, with suitors all over the place if they’re uncommitted. College coaches are not allowed, unless their sons happen to be competing in the event.

The point is to compete against the best from all across the country, and many players form bonds here that last even if they don’t end up playing college ball together.

Follow along with our 2017 Opening Finals live blog, starting Friday afternoon: