As I wrote yesterday, Nike’s The Opening is this week, and it features 10 Miami commits and several targets. Get the lay of the land here:
Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Radar: 10 #Canes commits going to Nike’s @TheOpening #Storm18 https://t.co/aWnAJ1kuVr pic.twitter.com/LfLskuvLz3— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) June 28, 2017
Now that that’s out of the way, I thought to bring in our other Recruiting Writers to see which Miami commit they’re most interested in watching this week. Here are the answers:
For me, its got to be Mark Pope from Miami Southridge. While Lorenzo Lingard is probably Miami's consensus top prospect at the event and overall, I'm more looking at someone that can make an impact raising their stock during The Opening.
Pope is one of a few Cane commits that has a shot at the ever elusive 5-star status and he has an enormous opportunity to reach that threshold competing against the nation’s best this weekend. These types of events are made to show off skill players and Pope combines speed and elusiveness with the polished route running to work underneath or in space to dominate in a camp setting. Really excited to see him ball against the cream of the crop and further his 5-star case.
Josh Jobe, if not just to see him working out with fellow Miami commits. After a lot of news came out in flurries on his front, and interesting trolling tweets, he has been fairly quiet the last month or two. He is a guy that is a solid 4-star right now but with good performances over the summer and/or next season, could move up to the 5-star range. I don't know if that helps Miami's chances in regards to retaining him or not, but he might be due for a rankings bump with the extra high-competition exposure.
Miami will have 10 verbal commits participate in this year’s Opening Finals. None will make a bigger jump in the rankings than Miami Southridge offensive lineman Delone Scaife. Right now, Scaife is a composite 3-star on 247 Sports. He earned his Opening invite at the Miami Regional, where he dominated. Since then, he was also named the Offensive Line MVP at Rivals’ 5-star Challenge in Indianapolis. As we know, it all starts up front and while Scaife might not be the biggest name in our class of elites, he certainly belongs amongst the elites. This week the nation will be put on notice.
I also expect Southridge WR Mark Pope to receive his 5th star along with Columbus CB Joshua Jobe. These two have been men amongst boys this off-season. When put up against the best in the country, they will thrive and force the hands of the sites to give them their true 5-star ranking.
Its an exciting time to be a Canes fan. Enjoy The Opening and the show your future Canes will put on.
This is probably going to be the obvious choice, but I want to see Lorenzo Lingard go put on a show. He’s the highest rated commit in this class, he’s a top 3 RB nationally, and a straight up baller. I want to see him continue to do what he does — DOMINATE.
With 10 commits at The Opening and tons of other targets, I figure why not start with the guy at the top, the alpha dog, the vocal leader, the ambassador of this class? Seems like a very good place to start, IMO.
Also, I wanna see how the whole Savage Pro team does. All the Miami commits on one team with several targets, and the #1 player in America — 5-star Clemson QB commit Trevor Lawrence — at the controls? It SHOULD be a movie. Hopefully, it works out the way I’m seeing it in my imagination.
Those are our thoughts on who to watch at The Opening. Who will YOU be watching? Let us know in the comments below.