The Opening 2014: South Storylines

162 of the top prospects in the country are set to compete at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon next week and Scout takes a look at five storylines out of the South...

There will be a lot going on at The Opening 2014. So much talent will be in one place competing and trying to make their name appear even higher in the rankings.

There are plenty of storylines we will be tracking, but here are five we will be looking at hard next week.

Who is the top offensive tackle?

This is a big one for me. I saw the top three (Martez Ivey, Mitch Hyatt - Clemson commit, and Chuma Edoga - USC commit, in their ranking order) compete at the different Nike Football Training Camps a few months ago and it was clear, Edoga was the best of the trio.

It is not about who is best in this setting only though. Edoga definitely showed he belonged in the conversation though.

All three have their strengths and all three have bright futures ahead of them, but all three have their question marks too.

We will get to see all three at the same place, at the same time, and competing in the same drills and against the same competition. Will the order change? Will Edoga add a fifth star? We will see a lot to help us determine those things and more.

What will Gibson do?

Where will Torrance Gibson line up? He is a five-star quarterback on Scout, but he was invited as an athlete.

Gibson was up and down as a passer at the Miami NFTC, but he is one of the best athletes in the country. His preference is quarterback, so we will see next week if he is throwing the ball some or only catching the ball in Oregon.

When he's been asked to play wide receiver at different events, he has wowed many. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound senior has big-play ability.

Auburn and Tennessee are his top two schools.

Who is the top prospect in Georgia?

Trenton Thompson has not done anything wrong here, but Terry Godwin has done a lot right the last few months, and Preston Williams is on Thompson's heels as well.

The problem here is, Williams and Godwin will be competing at The Opening, but Thompson will not. Scout has seen Williams once, Godwin three times competing at events in recent months, and Thompson has not been seen.

All three are five-star prospects on Scout with Thompson holding the top spot at No. 8 in the country. Williams, a Tennessee commit is No. 12 and Georgia commit Godwin is No. 18.

Two-way star Godwin has closed the gap here. He is a phenomenal athlete and has so much ability at wide receiver and corner. He is expected to work at wideout at The Opening.

The answer to this question may not be answered in Oregon next week, but we will have the chance to evaluate Williams and Godwin further for down the road.

Is Ridley best at corner or receiver?

This is a good question and something we may not know the answer to for some time. Calvin Ridley just does not work at corner as much as he does receiver, but when putting it all together -- you see a 6-foot plus athlete with long arms, great initial quickness, fluid hips, and the ability to play the ball, and after that, I think early NFL Draft pick at corner.

He is more natural now at wide receiver because he has played it a lot more and he is just more comfortable there at this time. If he ends up there, he will be very good at Alabama, but still when I size Ridley up, I see elite corner at the highest level.

Will he see any time on defense at The Opening? He got the invite as a receiver after he shined there in Miami back in March.

We know Nick Saban loves those big corners and Ridley is one who could be just what the head man in Tuscaloosa is looking for.

Who's the next five-star?

Is it Calvin Ridley? Is it Chuma Edoga? Those two are definite possibilities, but others have that shot too.

Tavarus McFadden, a versatile defensive back with size is the highest ranked four-star on Scout out of the South. He could project as a big corner or safety on the next level.

Tyron Johnson, a physical receiver out of Louisiana is one to watch too. Reminds me of an Anquan Boldin type that is strong, sneaky fast, and a wideout who will adds many yards after the catch.

Someone who should really shine at The Opening is Oregon commit Taj Griffin. The speedster out of Georgia is perfect for this setting like he is for the Ducks offense.

Others will likely impress and it will be interesting to see if anyone comes out of this event with an extra star beside their name.

BONUS: Is Daron Payne a true five-star?

The big defensive tackle out of Alabama shows flashes and he has put a couple of reps together at times to say five-star ranking, but he has disappeared at times too.

His film is similar to what I have seen at multiple camps and combines over the past year as well. It is up and down. He flashes the ability to take over, then he gets beat three or four times in a row.

There has been discussion among Scout analysts about Payne's ranking in recent months. Many eyes will be on the current top prospect in the state of Alabama. Will he show he is a true five-star defensive tackle in Oregon?

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