For those who don't know Nike's The Opening camp is currently going on in Eugene, Oregon. The Opening is the premiere event of the summer for rising senior high school football players, an invitation only event where the best from around the country compete against each other, recruit each other, and learn from Tavon Austin not to follow porn stars on Twitter.
There are 3 current Bulldog commits competing this week, tailback Nick Chubb, tight end Jeb Blazevich, and QB Jacob Park. So far Chubb has impressed by finishing in the top three of the "SPARQ" challenge, designed to test overall athleticism. After measuring in at 5'11 and 217 pounds, the bruising tailback from Cedartown ran a blistering 4.47 40 yard dash and tallied an impressive 41 inch vertical jump. This performance should put an end to questions about Chubb's speed and explosiveness as a big back. I'm not saying he's another Todd Gurley, but those are Gurley-esque numbers.
247Sports analysts compared 2012 Elite 11 QB and Bulldog freshman Brice Ramsey to Park and proclaimed that between them they'd choose Park. Park is among the 18 quarterbacks competing for one of 11 spots at the Elite 11 in California later this summer, and got off to a great start last night when he led his 7-on-7 team to a surgical win by throwing 3 touchdown passes.
Blazevich hasn't made huge headlines, but he did get his picture taken with a short 40 year old wearing a Transformers hat. So there's that.
Among non-committed players Norcross standout Lorenzo Carter, perhaps the Dawgs' top defensive target for 2014, measured 6'5 and 234 pounds, ran a 4.63 40 and vertical jumped 39.7 inches. Those are incredible numbers given his size, and underscore why he's supplanted Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan in the minds of some for the mantle of top player in the state of Georgia. McMillan by the way measured 6'1 1/2 and 243 pounds but ran a so-so 4.79 40. Of course, based solely upon his performance in Oregon, Chubb may also have something to say about the question of who the top high schooler in Georgia is.
Check back with Dawg Sports later this week, as we'll have more from Eugene as things develop. Until then . . .