Rivaled in talent quality only by the first Rivals Five-Star Challenge held recently, Nike-sponsored The Opening features 150 of the top prospects in the country at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
SB Nation has been kind enough to send me out there to tag along with Bud Elliott and Scipio Tex and get a look at the handful of Texas commits and targets considered strong enough talents to earn the prestigious invites.
Here are the questions I have about the Texas commits and several of the targets there.
Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright quarterback -- How well does Swoopes test? Is he a guy who looks more athletic by going against a low level of competition or is he really an elite or near-elite athlete?
I haven't had a chance to see him throw in person before, so I'm interested to see his mechanics in person, if he can get off to a stronger start than he did in some of the other settings this spring and summer, and get a sense of his consistency/accuracy.
Jake Raulerson, Celina lineman -- Maulerson is known as one of the best competitors at any event he attends, but he told me he was disappointed with his results at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge. He'll be going against some of the top defensive linemen in the country in a format that favors defensive players. If Raulerson can hold his own in that setting, his pass protection skills are top notch.
Jacorey Warrick, Cy Falls wide receiver -- When I saw him in College Station, Warrick was limited to running short routes due to some limitations in quarterback play for Cy Falls, so he wasn't able to even try to get vertical and that allowed him to get mugged on short stuff by an A&M Consolidated cornerback. With better quarterbacks opening up the field, can he more consistently create separation with his excellent burst in and out of his breaks?
He also told me that he wanted to run a 4.3 there, but would "settle" for a 4.4. High standards. Can he meet them?
Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit wide receiver -- Not known as the best athlete, Oliver will have a chance to either play into that stereotype or prove that he's faster and than people think. More importantly, though, he has the opportunity to show that he can create separation against elite defensive backs, which is what the question of his athleticism really boils down to -- can he get open in college consistently?
A'Shawn Robinson, Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle -- Robinson should have some success going against the guards at the event, just because of his natural strength. Does he have anything more advanced than a bullrush in his pass-rushing repertoire? Robinson will also speak about his recruitment, which has been a rarity in recent weeks as rumors of a possible trip to USC surfaced. The trip hasn't happened, yet, but how solid is Robinson right now?
Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy wide receiver -- Can he match the 4.4 40 he reportedly ran at the Texas camp or did someone help RSJ out with a quick trigger on the stopwatch? How much will the time spent around the Longhorn commits impact his recruitment?
Marcell Harris, Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips safety -- I'm interested in seeing Harris' frame in person to get a better feel for whether or not he will grow into a linebacker, a sense that will be impacted by whether he runs and moves more like a linebacker than a safety.
Torrodney Prevot, Alief Taylor defensive end -- Similarly, I want to get a look at the 200-pound Prevot as well, as I'm having increased doubts about whether he can reach 240 pounds to play a true defensive end position. He's often dominant in these settings as a pass rusher, so I expect a lot of success in one-on-ones, even against this level of competition.
Mike Mitchell, Plano Prestonwood Christian linebacker/defensive end -- The PCA star hasn't spoken much about his recruitment recently, so it should be a revealing weekend from that standpoint. I also want to see how well he moves in space. His coach told me that he loves his lateral quickness, but I've been concerned about his ability to re-direct for some time.