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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Previewing The Opening Finals

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All eyes in the recruiting world are focused on what is about to happen in Oregon.

Derrik Allen
Derrik Allen
Twitter @Mansell247

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are busting their butts to assemble a top 10 recruiting class for the 2018 cycle, and a big part of that possible success will be in Oregon for The Opening.

What Is The Opening?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years (or just don’t follow college football recruiting) The Opening is a “campetition” that oversees the best recruits in the country. The Elite 11, Individual testing, Lineman Challenge, and 7 on 7 championship. Nike Football organizes and administers the event. Nike has evaluated over 4000 athletes at 13 regional events all over the country. Worthy prospects were given invitations to the Finals in Beaverton, Oregon.

The even begins today with the arrival, and will continue through Monday, July 3.

Representing Notre Dame

Although college coaches are forbidden to attend these type of recruiting camps, Notre Dame is well represented this year with 5 commitments that received invitations.

Notre Dame Commits At The Opening

Position Commit 247 Ranking
Position Commit 247 Ranking
SAFETY Derrik Allen 4 Star
DT Ja'Mion Franklin 3 Star
LB Ovie Oghoufo 3 Star
TE George Takacs 4 Star
DT Jayson Ademilola 4 Star

Top Irish Prospects

While there are a very large number of recruits at The Opening that hold a scholarship offer from Notre Dame, there are a handful of them that are serious prospects with a chance of ending up in South Bend.

Notre Dame Prospects At The Opening

Position Prospect 247 Ranking
Position Prospect 247 Ranking
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown 5 Star
ROVER Shayne Simon 4 Star
OL Jamaree Salyer 5 Star
WR Kevin Austin 4 Star
CB Houston Griffith 4 Star
LB Jack Lamb 4 Star
LB Cam McGrone 4 Star
DT PJ Mustipher 4 Star
OL Emil Ekiyor 4 Star

Schedule of Events

The Opening consists of:

  • Elite 11
  • Nike+ Football Ratings Championship
  • Final Five Lineman Challenge
  • 7 on 7 Championship

Here is a rundown of the events:

The Opening Schedule

Day Event Time PST
Day Event Time PST
Wednesday ARRIVAL All day long
Thursday QB, WR, TE PRACTICE 10 AM - NOON
Friday QB, WR, TE PRACTICE 10 AM - NOON
Saturday NIKE FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP 7 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday LINEMAN WORKOUT, 7-VS-7 POOL PLAY, 7-VS-7 FIRST ROUND 10 AM - 1 PM 11 AM - 5:30 PM 7 PM - 8:10 PM
Monday LINEMAN DRILLS, 7-VS-7 TOURNAMENT, LINEMAN FINALS, 7-VS-7 CHAMPIONSHIP, AWARDS CEREMONY 10 AM - 1 PM 11 AM - 5:30 PM 12:35 PM - 1 PM 4 PM - 5 PM 5:30 PM - 7 PM