Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nike's The Opening 2013

Drake Harris
Nike's The Opening, an invite-only camp for elite recruits, will take place this coming weekend. A lot of media will come out after this weekend, since recruiting analysts and ESPN descend on Oregon for the weekend.

Here's a list of Michigan offerees who are participating, so you may want to keep an eye out for these guys:

Jamal Adams - S - Texas
Bryson Allen-Williams - OLB - Georgia (South Carolina)
Kyle Berger - OLB - Ohio (Ohio State)
Quin Blanding - S - Virginia (Virginia)
Jeb Blazevich - TE - North Carolina (Georgia)
Dante Booker - LB - Ohio (Ohio State)
Andrew Brown - DT - Virginia
Ian Bunting - TE - Illinois (Michigan)
George Campbell - WR - Florida*
Lorenzo Carter - DE - Georgia
Khairi Clark - DT - Florida (Florida)
Kevin Crosby - TE - South Carolina (South Carolina)
Malachi Dupre - WR - Louisiana
Leonard Fournette - RB - Louisiana
Wesley Green - CB - Georgia (South Carolina)
Da'Shawn Hand - DE - Virginia
Drake Harris - WR - Michigan (Michigan)**
Ja'Von Harrison - ATH - Florida (Virginia Tech)
Joe Henderson - DE - Ohio (Tennessee)
Corey Holmes - WR - Florida
Elijah Hood - RB - North Carolina (Notre Dame)
Jalen Hurd - RB - Tennessee (Tennessee)
Adoree' Jackson - CB - California
Demetrius Knox - OG - Texas
Tyler Luatua - TE - California
Josh Malone - WR - Tennessee
Mattrell McGraw - S - Louisiana
Shai McKenzie - RB - Pennsylvania
Joe Mixon - RB - California
Nyles Morgan - LB - Illinois
Montae Nicholson - ATH - Pennsylvania
Edward Paris, Jr. - S - Texas (LSU)
Adarius Pickett - CB - California
Damian Prince - OT - Maryland
Cameron Robinson - OT - Louisiana
Artavis Scott - WR - Florida
Brandon Simmons - S - Texas (Stanford)
John Smith - ATH - California
Bentley Spain - OT - North Carolina
Jalen Tabor - CB - Washington, D.C.
Solomon Thomas - DE - Texas
Troy Vincent, Jr. - CB - Maryland
Damon Webb - CB - Michigan (Ohio State)
Andrew Williams - DE - Georgia
Dwight Williams - LB - California
Petera Wilson - LB - Tennessee
Quincy Wilson - S - Florida
Richard Yeargin III - DE - Florida

*2015 prospect
**Drake Harris is not attending the event. He has to take a summer class that overlaps with the event, and the summer class is what will allow him to graduate in December and enroll early at Michigan.


  1. This may be a stupid question, but I haven't paid much attention to how the camps work. Is it a bigger than usual deal for a Junior to get invited to the opening?

    1. There are usually only a couple or a few guys invited to these things. Da'Shawn Hand was invited to The Opening last year as a junior, and I think there was one other guy. I believe this was the second year that Bo Scarbrough attended the Rivals 5-star Challenge. So yeah, it's kind of a big deal that Campbell got invited.

  2. is it weird that peppers didnt get an invite?

    1. I'm not 100% sure on how kids get invites, but I don't think Peppers went to any of the NFTC events, and that might have prevented him from earning a spot.

    2. I don't think Peppers has camped at all. If he wanted an invite I'm sure he could have gotten one by going to a Nike camp but just chose not to. For a kid as talented as he is, with his music and other extracurricular, I really can't blame him for not wanting to camps.

  3. is it weird that peppers didnt get an invite?

  4. Magnus, general question regarding camps. I know you aren't a fan of camp performance giving any insight into a player's football abilities, but do camps serve any purpose for the players besides exposure? Do they actually learn useful football techniques and skills? Are the coaches there any good and do they have enough time to actually teach the players anything? I've read that they are often disorganized and I have no idea what types show up to coach them. SMSB seems different since you have actual college coaches, but the rest seem suspect. Wouldn't the players be better off going to the university run summer camps if they want actual coaching?

    1. Camps have a lot of different purposes. Camps like The Opening and the Rivals 5-star Challenge are mostly about exposure and competition between elite athletes. It's basically like a showcase or an all-star camp. I think the coaches there do teach good technique, but every coach coaches a little bit differently. If you have a defensive tackle working with a 3-4 coach who's headed into a 4-3 scheme, then the coaching might not be that useful.

      Anytime you get a bunch of coaches together without one common program goal, it's going to be a little disjointed. It's tough to get around that. From what I gather, most of the coaches at these camps are people who make a living as personal coaches for hire or who work at athletic academies.

      University-run summer camps are good for players who are prospects for those particular schools, but if you're not good enough for their liking, a lot of those coaches will ignore you. You'll get more one-on-one attention and coaching if you attend camps at FCS or D-II schools.