The Opening: Guys In the Trenches

Kahlil McKenzie

Scout's analysts focus on which linemen from their region they're most looking forward to seeing...

The Scout.com national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters.

Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 160 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.


Which prospect on the offensive or defensive line from your region are you most excited to see on the big stage at The Opening?

Scott Kennedy
Director of Scouting

Right now in my mind Kahlil McKenzie out of California is the No. 1 prospect in the nation regardless of position. His junior video is off the charts, and by all accounts he's gotten even better during the spring. I missed him on the camp circuit, but getting the linemen in pads will let the power guys do what they do best.

Chad Simmons
National Recruiting Analyst, Southeast

I could say many, but I am going with Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, a top five prospect nationally for multiple reasons. Hyatt has been high on my big board for two-plus years and I want to see more. I feel good about his ranking, but is it a little too high? He showed up at the Atlanta NFTC still weighing around 260 pounds and he has hovered around that weight for the past 18-24 months. He has good feet, he is a natural bender, and he is someone I still feel could be a top pick in the NFL Draft down the road, but I want him to show up, compete, and show why I he is ranked where he is.

Jamie Newberg
National Recruiting Analyst, Florida

The lineman I am most excited to see from Florida is Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla.). Actually, he's the only offensive linemen from the Sunshine State that earned an invitation. Since the state championship game in December I have believed Ivey to be the top recruit in the state from the 2015. I want to see if he truly is the No. 1 prospect in the country.

Brian Dohn
National Recruiting Analyst, East

North Carolina commit Tommy Hatton is exciting and always amped up. The Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's Regional standout is heading to UNC as a center, but he plays guard in high school. He is set to play center at The Opening, and seeing how hard he competes and his intensity against the best could earn him a fourth star.

Allen Trieu
National Recruiting Analyst, Midwest

We have not had a chance to see much of Terry Beckner this off-season, and we really have not seen him go against the level of offensive linemen he will see in Oregon. He has gotten bigger and stronger since the season ended and it will be good to see if he can post a dominant performance against the nation's best.

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands

Only two linemen (offense and defense) were selected from the Midlands, but we will have the No. 1 rated offensive guard in attendance in Keller (Texas) High offensive linemen Maea Teuhema. The LSU commit is a massive player at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds. He plays offensive tackle in high school and could play inside or outside also on the next level. But his domination at the point of attack in the run game combined with his size has him as one of the best pure run blockers I have ever scouted.

Greg Biggins
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie had the best camp performance I saw all spring at the Oakland NIKE Camp. He's currently the top rated player in the West region but another dominant performance could elevate him all the way to the No. 1 prospect in the nation, regardless of position.

Brandon Huffman
National Recruiting Analyst, West

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry was terrific at the Los Angeles NFTC, earning MVP honors a year after nearly winning them as a sophomore at the same camp.  He's got some of the best interior linemen film of any player in the West, and he's the No. 2 center prospect in the country.  Since the linemen go in pads, I'm eager to see Ulu-Perry again, since he's such a nasty player with a mean streak and with the pads on, he's even meaner. He's used to going against big defensive linemen in Hawaii, so seeing him against some skilled, athletic big men in Beaverton will be a good gauge of just how dominant he can be.

Five-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie's junior highlights:

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