At recruiting showcases, players meet their elite-level peers. At one with the national reach of Nike’s The Opening, future college football stars from all corners of the country get to know each other. It’s common for them to recruit each other, in ways both casual and more-than-casual.
Players should expect to hear a lot about Miami this week.
No school will be better represented at The Opening, which runs Wednesday though Monday at Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon.
Ten players from the Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class were selected, more than Ohio State (eight), Notre Dame and Florida State (five each). Michigan had four, while Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU and Oregon had three each.
Clemson, Penn State, North Carolina, Georgia, UCLA, USC, Texas, North Carolina State and TCU each had a pair of commits invited.
Those with one: Florida, Alabama, Washington State, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, BYU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Washington and Kentucky.
Actually, the program with the most Opening players is Uncommitted U. In total, 91 attendees have yet to announce a verbal pledge.
A long list of future Canes, headlined by five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, will be looking to sway some of them to South Florida.
Other Miami commits who were invited, in alphabetical order: defensive back Al Blades Jr., running back Camron Davis, receiver Brian Hightower, defensive back Josh Jobe, tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, receiver Mark Pope, offensive guard Delone Scaife and defensive tackle Nesta Silvera.
UM targets scheduled to participate include defensive tackle Dennis Briggs, defensive back Tyson Campbell, offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, defensive back Tyreke Johnson, defensive end Micah Parsons, defensive tackle Rick Sandidge and defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr.
A report from 247Sports said NFL Network will carry coverage of the event Monday, but the network’s online TV listings don’t include The Opening coverage. A message to The Opening’s PR department wasn’t immediately returned.
According to Nike, 166 players are selected from 13 regional camps, which ran February through May at locations across the country. Miami and Orlando hosted in February.
This is the 21st edition of The Opening finals, which counts Hurricanes such as Duke Johnson among its alumni. UM notables such as Andre Johnson, Vince Wilfork and Ereck Flowers participated in regionals as prep stars.