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The Opening Review: Apocalypse

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Team Apocalypse not only had the most intriguing team name at The Opening, it had many of the top national prospects competing in the 7-on-7 championships and had one of the highest representations of “stock up” prospects in the field. Here are five thoughts on this particular team, plus a breakdown of each prospect in the photo feature.

Eight stock up- Jacob Park, QB, Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford, Kyle Allen, QB, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, Brad Kaaya, QB, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, Joe Mixon, RB, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, Royce Freeman, RB, Imperial (Calif.), Rashaan Evans, LB, Auburn (Ala.), Budda Baker, ATH, Bellevue (Wash.)

Legit question- Why doesn’t Kavin Alexander (North Little Rock, Ark.) have any offers? Well the answer is that there isn’t a ton of cornerback film on him, but he’s an exception athlete and can play the game if The Opening is any indication. He measured in at 5-foot-8.5, 185 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds and put up an impressive 4.04 second shuttle. We anticipate he gets offers quickly once the football season starts. Arkansas, Baylor and others are showing interest.

Cannon is fast- Four-star receiver KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas) has long been considered one of the top prospects at his position in terms of pure speed nationally. His 40-yard dash time at The Opening (4.58 seconds) was not indicative of that type of speed, but one has to look at his performance (very elusive and fast in 7on work) and his 10.6-second 100-meter dash time on the high school track to know that his time in Oregon doesn’t show what he can really do in the speed department. Cannon is considered a Baylor lean.

McMillan and athleticism- This type of setting is never one that can show exactly what a five-star linebacker prospect like Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) can do because his game reaches its full potential in pads. That being said, the 6-foot-1.5, 243-pounder looked good in coverage and tested well in the shuttle (4.15 seconds), showing his ability to move laterally is elite. We often compare McMillan to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes and his game is similar. What’s scary is McMillan may be more athletic. McMillan has maintained Ohio State as his leader for most of the process, but Alabama, Clemson and others are in the mix.

Quick could go either way- Top247 athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East) is an excellent receiver prospect. That being said, his highest upside still may be at cornerback. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder goes from being way above average to close to elite when he switches sides of the field. The last two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him heading to Notre Dame, where he could make an impact on either side of the ball.

Photos by Jamie Oakes

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