Five things we learned Tuesday from The Opening’s Elite 11 Camp | USA Today High School Sports | USA Today High School Sports
1. The SEC is well-represented among the Elite 11 quarterbacks Of the 18 quarterbacks here for the Elite 11, 16 have already committed, including five to SEC schools: Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash. to Georgia; Feleipe Franks of Wakulla (Crawfordsville, Fla.) to LSU; Jarrett Guarantano of Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) to Tennessee; Shea Pattterson of Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.) to Ole Miss; and Brandon McIlwain of Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.) to South Carolina. "It’s cool," Eason said. "We’re building our friendships now so that by the time we play each other, we’re already close, so that we slap five after the game, no matter what happens. The SEC is going to build up to where it was previously, the power conference"
This year's crop at the Elite 11 does seem to have the potential to mimic the SEC's outlandishly talented QB class of 2013. That year featured Zach Mettenberger, AJ McCarron (Maxwell Winner, Unitas winner, Heisman runner-up, 2X All-SEC,) Aaron Murray (Top 3 in nearly every SEC passing stat, 3X All-SEC,) Johnny Manziel (Heisman winner, Heisman finalist, O'Brien Award, AP POY, consensus AA, 2X All-SEC.)
DB just got a whole lot harder to play in the SEC.
Speaking of E11 talent, want to watch Jawon Pass do his thing? The battle is still very much down to Alabama or Auburn (and Luhvl) for his talents, and we will know the outcome on July 16th when he announces his commitment.
The kid has really good upper body mechanics and surprising zip on those deep throws. A few years in the weight room, and he should be a monster.
The already committed and undecided
5-star Texas A&M commit Greg Little planning official visit to Alabama | AL.com
When he arrived at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon Tuesday for The Opening, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from Allen, Texas, told 247Sports he plans to take all five of his official visits. He hasn't finalized where he'll go, but said the trips will likely be to Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Greg Little is as can't miss an offensive tackle as you'll see. He is a long-time Aggie commit, but has said he is taking all of his officials, so this may be a chance for the Tide to sway him. Little seems to be a very level-headed guy as well. Read the above article and he makes several good points about continuing to do research given the magnitude of the decision ahead of him.
Unrelated, anyone else think it's just a little fishy to see the usual heavy-hitter, title-contending type teams and then...Ole Miss? Nah, it's not fishy. I'm sure top-rated left tackles want to go play in obscurity for an 8-5 Rebels team, just ask Laremy Tunsil.
Did Alabama make top 2 for former Crimson Tide commit Demetris Robertson? | AL.com
Robertson, a Savannah, Ga., native, told reporters, including ESPN and Scout.com, while checking in at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., that his top two schools currently are Alabama and Stanford. Robertson is on Team Fly Rush at The Opening. . .The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Robertson is listed as the nation's top-ranked athlete in the 247Sports composite, as he could play receiver or cornerback at the next level.
Alabama had obtained Robertson's commitment before he broke it off to expand his favorites to include Stanford. At this point, it's a waiting game, but Alabama is still in the running for the nation's No. 1 ATH.
The Opening: Rashan Gary - Scout
Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the nation, arrived at The Opening to check in, which was a perfect time for Scout's latest check-in with the defensive tackle from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. Gary already is well-versed in Michigan and Ohio State, he is planning trips to Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama later this month, still has Notre Dame on his mind and also is looking at possible trips to USC and UCLA.
Now THIS is the guy that I want: the No. 1 player in the nation, and an absolute monster of a defensive end. We have notably missed with Clowney and Nkemdiche, so third time has to be the charm right? There's no one really considered to be a favorite for now, but his finalists are: USC, UCLA, Michigan, ND, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and...Ole Miss? Huh? The Rebels again?
The NCAA is about to nuke Oxford from orbit, methinks.