A trio of Clemson’s commits in the class of 2018 will be present at The Opening Finals, which gets underway today, and they will be joined by a host of Clemson’s top targets in this recruiting cycle.
Overall, more than 150 of the nation’s best prospects will convene to compete at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., from today through July 3. The Opening Finals is regarded as the premier invite-only event for high school football players.
The participating players have been divided into six teams — Alpha Menace, Hyper Strong, Mach Speed, Savage Pro, Untouchable and Vapor Speed. Quarterbacks and skill players will compete in the Nike 7-on-7 Championship, while the offensive and defensive linemen will compete in the Final 5 Linemen Challenge. The Opening Finals will again host the Elite 11 quarterback competition, as well.
At the conclusion of competition, the top performers from each position group will be recognized. NFL Network will televise the final day of the 7-on-7 tournament and linemen competition on July 3.
Among the headlining participants are five-star Clemson commits Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas. Four-star defensive back Kyler McMichael will also represent Clemson at the event after committing last Friday. All three commits will be on Team Savage Pro.
A number of five-star Clemson targets are set to compete, including offensive tackle Jackson Carman, cornerback Anthony Cook, defensive end K.J. Henry, wide receiver Justyn Ross, offensive guard Jamaree Salyer and cornerback Patrick Surtain.
Other marquee names pertinent to Clemson include wide receiver Jordyn Adams, defensive back Tyson Campbell, offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, offensive guard Trey Hill and defensive end Azeez Ojulari.
Adams, whose recruitment is down to finalists Clemson and North Carolina, will announce his decision at the event on July 3.
A couple of Clemson’s top targets in the 2019 class will be there, as well, in linebacker Owen Pappoe and defensive end Nolan Smith, a Georgia commit.
Below is a full breakdown by team of the Clemson commits and prospects at The Opening Finals:
Team: Alpha Menace
Jordyn Adams, WR, Cary (N.C.) Green Hope
Jovaughn Gwyn, OL, Charlotte (N.C.) Harding
K.J. Henry, DE, Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth
Trey Hill, OL, Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County
Owen Pappoe, LB, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy
Nolan Smith, DE, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Team: Hyper Strong
Derrik Allen, DB, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
Tyson Campbell, DB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage
Richard Gouraige, OL, Tampa (Fla.) Cambridge Christian
Patrick Surtain, DB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage
Team: Mach Speed
Kelvin Joseph, DB, Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville
Team: Savage Pro
Kevin Austin, WR, Pompano Beach (Fla.) North Broward
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (Ga.) Cartersville High – Commit
Kyler McMichael, DB, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian – Commit
Azeez Ojulari, DL, Marietta (Ga.) Marietta High
Justyn Ross, WR, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
Xavier Thomas, DL, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy – Commit
Devon Lawrence, RB, Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest High
T.J. Pledger, RB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Mychale Salahuddin, RB, Washington (D.C.) Woodson
Team: Vapor Speed
Jackson Carman, OL, Fairfield (Ohio) Fairfield High
Anthony Cook, DB, Houston (Texas) Lamar
Brennan Eagles, WR, Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
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