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The Opening 2016 and LSU

How will LSU’s 2017 prospects shape the event?

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When you have a top-10 class, The Opening normally turns into a showcase for your team’s premier recruits. LSU is no different this year and has a strong representation this coming weekend in Oregon in all of the events. The Tigers will be a part of everything there, which hasn’t happened all too often.

Myles Brennan Shows The Arm

LSU hasn’t had the quarterback talent they possess in this class with both Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan both making it to the Elite 11 Finals. Brennan was the only one of the two to make it as one of the 12 final QBs to make it to the Opening Finals, where the three-star (yeah, a three-star, that will change) quarterback will look to take home the title

Skills Showcases Highlight the Elite

The top-rated recruits will also go through a combine-esque challenge that will test each player’s 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and a kneeling power ball throw. They tally up the numbers for their unique Nike score to determine the best athlete at the event for them to take a nice-looking trophy.

Let’s Put the Pads On

While high school players aren’t allowed to strap on the pads during the summer, The Opening gets a free pass, allowing the top 20 offensive and defensive linemen to go mano a mano to see who can hold their own. LSU commits Austin Deculus, Saahdiq Charles and Tyler Shelvin will be on hand for this challenge. Recruits of interest competing are Walker Little and Alex Leatherwood on the offensive side, while Marvin Wilson and K’Lavon Chaisson on the defensive side.

We’re All Here for the 7v7

The highlight of the weekend is definitely the seven-on-seven tournament to feature the top at almost every position, and LSU, once again is well represented. The key players to watch:

Team Alpha Pro

Toneil Carter - The running back recruit out of Texas is one of the options to fill in the final running back spot in the class with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but he may be waiting behind Cam Akers first.

Patrick Surtain Jr. - While a 2018 recruit, the cornerback has named LSU his leader, and with his father and former Pro Bowler a New Orleans native, a trip back home would be nice.

Team Fly Rush

Jeremiah Holloman - While LSU has shored up their WR class recently with Ausbon and Netherly to go with Stephen Guidy, Coach Craig is still looking to add one more and Holloman is one of the few finalists for that spot.

Todd Harris - The Louisiana native and top-10 safety could be one of two safeties in this class with the other playing on another team. LSU has a solid lead here.

Team Hypercool

Myles Brennan - The three-star (I know, still shocking) quarterback will already be showing off in the Opening Finals, and will have two future teammates to throw the ball to in...

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Don’t hate on the small size, CEH is a speedy back and is built like a bowling ball. That speed and size makes him hard to bring down and can be a threat out the backfield.

J’hamon Ausbon - The most recent of commits (before the announcements this coming weekend), Ausbon is a load to handle on the outside and can be compared to as a faster Anquan Boldin.

Team Lunarbeast

Dylan Moses - It has been hard to get a read on the top-rated linebacker, but recent indications show that he would like to come back home. He’ll be able to show here that the talent meets the hype.

You can stop worrying about Devonta Smith. He left us off his recent top 4, but Craig has already put together a solid wide receiver class.

Team Mach Speed

Will Ignont - The recent silent de-commit from Alabama, the linebacker from IMG has opened his process, but it is a crowded group of potential commits for LSU’s linebacker class.

Grant Delpit - One of the fastest risers in the rankings, the Louisiana transplant, Texas product and IMG safety will be announcing his decision on Friday and the Tigers are expecting to hear some very good news in that regard.

Team Vaporspeed

Cam Akers - Jabbar Juluke, Cam Cameron and Les Miles are all making Akers a priority to be the second running back in this class along with Edwards-Helaire. The No. 2 back in the 2016 class is basically down to LSU and Ole Miss.

Will LSU’s Class Grows By Two?

Like previously mentioned, Grant Delpit will be announcing his college decision at The Opening on Friday, and it doesn’t seem like there’s any doubt where he will be going. Kary Vincent Jr. won’t be in Oregon, but the cornerback will be announcing his decision back in Houston, and more good news is expected. Remember, if Corey Raymond is recruiting a defensive back, other teams might as well just pack it up.

It should be a solid week for LSU with a lot of their top commits already in the class out there, top recruits with heavy interest in LSU will be the targets of the commits during the weekend, and the LSU class can expand. This elite staff of recruiters has done an excellent job already and this can be a showcase of their work.