At The Opening, Team Field Generals featured multiple prospects who improved their stock significantly at the event, including the Elite 11 winner, quarterback Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School). Here are five thoughts from this team, plus a look at every prospect on the roster in the photo feature.
Five stock up- White, Elijah Hood, RB, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic, Braxton Berrios, WR, (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road), Jamal Adams, S, Carrolton (Texas) Hebron, Trey Marshall, S, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Legit question- While quarterback Luke Rubenzer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) performed at a high level during the event, how much better is he going to have to be than Jared Goff and Zach Kline (assuming both are healthy and develop as expected) to compete for the starting job at Cal given the talent advantage both have over him? The answer is it doesn’t matter. Rubenzer knows he has height limitations (5-11.5) and all of the criticisms of his game and yet competes like there is no tomorrow. So don’t count him out.
My oh my on Marshall- We’ve been high on Marshall, who committed to Florida State at The Opening, for some time here at 247Sports because on film, he’s extremely physical, athletic and impressive. What we didn’t realize was how fast he is, which makes his value even higher. Marshall hung a 4.34-second 40-yard dash on the board during the SPARQ national finals (he ran 4.53 in his first preliminary attempt and had a 4.09 shuttle)- combine that with the fact he is almost 200 pounds (weighed in at 196) and you have a fast, head-hunting safety prospect that can cover. The Noles are getting a great one.
Dupre shows he’s elite- While much of the attention during testing and otherwise was on fellow Louisiana receiver Speedy Noil (who won the SPARQ National Championship), Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La./John Curtis) was impressive in his own right. The 6-foot-2.5, 187-pounder showed good body control and hands when given the chance and while his 40-yard dash time was 4.58, his overall athleticism and ability to catch the football counterbalances that nicely. LSU and UCLA are currently the two teams to beat here with a 100 percent Crystal Ball prediction to LSU.
Roberts and the position question- Four-star Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind.) had a very nice showing catching the football and also testing at The Opening (6-foot-2, 211 pounds, 4.51 in the 40-yard dash). The question remains about the big-bodied prospect- will he transition to H-back or tight end in college? After his showing in Beaverton, we aren’t so sure that a transition is a given or even necessary. That being said, he’s much more intriguing as an athletic mis-match against a linebacker than as someone that a safety or corner has to cover. Ohio State is the team to beat, but if something happens and he doesn’t end up a Buckeye, watch out for Miami. While we are at it, has anyone taken note of how many talented receiver prospects there are in the state of Indiana this recruiting cycle?
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