Previewing The Opening Atlanta

Previewing The Opening Atlanta


Previewing The Opening Atlanta


Clemson will have a couple of commitments and a handful of targets competing at The Opening in Buford, Ga. on Sunday.

Chase Brice is vying for an Elite 11 invite with some other notable names: Jake Fromm, a former Bama commit who recently flipped to Georgia, former Georgia commit Bailey Hockman and Jake Bentley.

Wren’s Jay Urich will be there, as will Atlanta-Grady’s Caylin Newton, the younger brother of Cam.

The 2018 class will be represented by its top prospects from the southeast: Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville, Ga.), Emory Jones (Heard County, Ga.) and Auburn commitment Joey Gatewood (Jacksonville).

Two 2018 prospects will be with the running backs: McCormick’s Mataeo Durant and Jashawn Sheffield of Frederica Academy on St. Simon’s Island.

Rodgers is certain to be among the event’s headliners at wide receiver. So will Nico Collins (Clay, Ala.) and Malcolm Askew (McAdory, Ala.), who’s on the Clemson board as a cornerback.

Chigoziem Okonkwo, who TCI wrote about after his Junior Day visit, is listed as a tight end, the position we think he’ll end up at in college.

Atlanta-Pace Academy duo Andrew Thomas (2017) and Jamaree Salyer (2018) are expected to be the top offensive linemen at the event.

Netori Johnson, a 2017 from Ellenwood, Ga., recently listed Clemson among his 10 favorites. Like Thomas, he’s also a four-star. There are two other 2018s also worth watching: Jalil Irvin (Stephenson) and Tank Jenkins (Park Crossing, Ala.).

The defensive linemen will be headlined by Malik Herring, a high-priority end for Clemson from the Atlanta area. Same goes for 2018 target Justin Mascoll, who’s from South Gwinnett, and T.L. Hanna standout Zacch Pickens, one of the first 2019 prospects to get a Clemson offer.

Tyrone Truesdell is one of the few defensive tackles we’ll keep an eye on. The offered 2017 prospect is from Laney High School in Augusta.

The linebacker group will include 2017 Georgia pledge Jadan Hunter, 2018 prospect K.J. Phillips (Atlanta) and 2017 Woodmont prospect Davonne Bowen.

Tadarian Moultry, who’s from Jackson, Ala., has an offer from Clemson, but he’s also a 2017 target for both of the instate schools.

At defensive back are a few notables from the 2017 class: Alabama safety commitment Xavier McKinney (Roswell, Ga.), Meshael Custis (Hampton, Ga.) and Yusuf Corker (Stockbridge, Ga.).

Two 2018 targets who visited for Junior Day will also be at The Opening: Markeith Montgomery (Ridgeland, Ga.) and Derrik Allen (Marietta, Ga.)


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