There are a handful of big questions heading into The Opening. It begins next Tuesday in Beavertown, Oregon.
The state of Florida leads the way with 27 selections. There are 162 participants in all. Here are ten story lines from the Sunshine state leading into the event.
4. Who will emerge as the top wide receiver?
This is a huge question going into next week. Here are the wide receiver participants from the Sunshine State – George Campbell (Tarpon Springs East Lake), Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek Monarch), Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech), Deondre Farrier (Orlando Lake Nona), John Burt (Tallahassee Lincoln), Jovon Durante (Miami Norland), Da'vante Phillips (Miami Central), and Auden Tate (Tampa Wharton).
This is an excellent group that I broke down here.
My money would be on Ridley [video just below]. This kid from South Florida has been awesome everywhere this spring and summer. Last month at the IMG National 7v7 he was unstoppable. His explosiveness, especially off the line of scrimmage is exceptional. Ridley has true deep speed, terrific hands and wonderful ball skills.
Cain is certainly one to watch [video just below]. What's amazing about this Clemson commitment is that he only plays wide receiver during the off-season. Cain is his high school team's quarterback. The only reason why he's in this position today was that he couldn't beat out Deiondre Porter (Florida signee) at the quarterback position for his 7v7 team, Unsigned Preps. Instead of being second string he moved to wide receiver. The rest is history. Cain is one smooth cat who I am sure will turn a lot of heads next week.
Then of course you have Phillips. He's certainly the most physical of this bunch. This kid runs good routes and has strong hands. If the ball is anywhere in his vicinity, Phillips will catch it.
Of course Campbell can hang on to the top spot in the state if he plays well. It should be very interesting, as this state if loaded at this position again.
Last year it was Ermon Lane (Homestead) that really set himself apart at this event. Will one of these top wide receivers do the same?
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No. 2 – The Rematch
No. 3 - How will George do?
No. 5 - Watch These Two
No. 6 - The McFaddens
No. 7 - WR or S?
No. 8 – Is Toliver Top CB?
No. 9 – Opening Sleepers
No. 10 – Just How Explosive?