The Opening: SPARQ Nationals

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BEAVERTON, Ore.- The Opening 2013 gets underway today with the SPARQ National Championship and a Nike Football Training Camp today on the Nike Campus. Check back for updates both in this article and in the comments section below from our analysts on site.

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Recruiting Buzz

- Five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va.) has a top three of Alabama, Florida and Michigan, and plans to decide before December.

-Most assume that five-star New Orleans St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette will end up at either Alabama or LSU but he says a Big Ten program might receive a visit.

-Four-star U.S. Army All-American linebacker Nyles Morgan told Steve Wiltfong he's an SEC lean- with the top two being Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.

-Miami quarterback commit Brad Kaaya told Barton Simmons he’s going to work four-star receiver Johnnie Dixon for the Canes.

-Norcross (Ga.) five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter made his first trip to South Bend less than two weeks ago and the 6-5, 235-pound prospect has two official visits locked in.

-Five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor has Florida in his Top 2, and the Gators appear to be sitting pretty along with the hometown Terrapins.

-Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Top100 ATH Curtis Samuel talks weekly with Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and his recruiter Ed Warinner, and the Buckeyes are making a move for his services.

-Relationships will be a key factor in five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson’s thought process and he spoke on his relationships with LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and Alabama assistants Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal.

-New Orleans (La.) John Curtis four-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre still plans to check out Florida State before the summer wraps up.

-Many expect Racean Thomas to eventually choose Auburn or Alabama. But he isn’t quite ready to narrow his list to just two.

-Charlotte (N.C.) Providence four-star offensive tackle Bentley Spain gave some information on his recruitment at "The Opening" on Monday.

-Five-star safety Jamal Adams has gotten plenty of pressure to stay in-state and play at one of the Texas schools, but the allure of playing in the SEC has made Florida one of the top schools on his list.

-New Orleans Edna Karr defensive end Gerald Willis has a top three of Florida, LSU and Texas A&M. While the Tigers don't lose many in-state prospects, it's still a possibility.

-Long Beach (CA) Poly five-star athlete John Smith has four official visits on the schedule and a fifth in mind.

-Four-star linebacker and UT legacy Dillon Bates, one of many scheduled commitments for Nike’s The Opening, spoke with 247Sports about his three finalists (Tennessee, Florida and Alabama).

-Florida State's constant pursuit of Homestead (Fla.) four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane looks likely to finally pay off with a July visit.

-Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley continues to take the recruiting process slow, but the Top100 prospect has a little more clarity on his college future.

-The nation's top outside linebacker Clifton Garrett named LSU his leader two months ago and the Tigers staff continues to impress. While LSU leads, Garrett says Tennessee and Florida round out his top three.

-Jackson (Miss.) Callaway's Roderick Taylor, the nation's top guard, is out in Beaverton, Oregon at The Opening and says he will make a commitment within the week.

The Numbers

Note that complete SPARQ preliminary testing results will be available later. These times are unofficial.

LSU targets, commits impress

Several LSU targets and commits were known to have a good testing run at the SPARQ nationals.

Five-star receiver Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Carr) posted the second-highest all-time SPARQ score at 153.51 during morning testing. This was highlighted by a 45.3-inch vertical and a 4.4-second (laser timed) 40-yard dash. Noil is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 receiver prospect in the 2014 class. His recruitment is considered an LSU vs. Texas A&M battle at present. Crystal Ball says Noil to LSU 72 percent.

-Five-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) also is considered to be an LSU lean. He ran 4.35 in the 40 and posted a blistering 3.85 shuttle.


Chris Hardeman is already committed to LSU and ran a 4.52 in the 40 and a 4.2 shuttle. 

-Other impressive verticals by LSU targets include five-star safety Edward Paris (41 inches), receiver Malachi Dupre (42.3 inches) and five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (39.7 inches).

Future Buckeye McLaurin continues to shine

-Ohio State wide receiver commit Terry McLaurin posted a 4.41 in the 40 and a 42.3-inch vertical. The future Buckeye is a great athlete who has put up stellar testing numbers for the entire spring and summer and earned an offer from the Bucks at their camp. He then committed on the spot. Urban Meyer and company are committed to building the fastest team in college football, so it only makes sense that they took the Indianapolis product.

-Major Ohio State target Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall) posted a 40.7-inch vertical and there were unofficial reports he ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash. The Top247 U.S. Army All-American is a 100 percent Crystal Ball prediction to the Buckeyes.

Odds and Ends

-Top247 safety Jamal Adams posted an impressive 4.48 in the 40 and 4.23 in the shuttle.

-Ole Miss four-star safety commit C.J. Hampton ran a steallar 4.48 in the 40.

Five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) posted impressive numbers. He measured in at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, ran a 5.06 second 40-yard dash, a blistering 4.47 shuttle and threw the power ball 39 feet for a 103.11 score. Brown is committed to Virginia.

-Another five-star Virginia commit, safety Quin Blanding ran 4.62 in the 40 and an excellent 4.18 shuttle.

-Georgia running back commit Nick Chubb (143.91), Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood (133.47) and linebacker Joey Alfieri (131.28) all posted strong scores and led the competition early.

-Five-star linebacker Kain Daub, a Florida State commit, posted a 4.87 40, a 4.38 shuttle and 33.5 feet on the powerball.

-Four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett ran a 4.62 40 and a 4.38 shuttle.

-Fast-rising California defensive back John Plattenburg ran a 4.61 40 and posted a 35-inch vertical.

-Four-star safety John Bonney (Houston, Texas/Lamar) ran a 4.61 in the 40 and an outstanding 4.1 shuttle.

More live coverage Ohio State-related updates (247Sports) Alabama-related updates (Charles Power)
BGI: Notre Dame-related updates (Tom Loy) Florida-related updates (Luke Stampini)
Noles247: FSU-related updates (Josh Newberg)
InsideTheU: Miami-related updates (David Lake)
AuburnUndercover: Auburn-related updates (247Sports)
TheBigSpur: South Carolina-related updates (247Sports)

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