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The Opening 2017: The who, what, where, when and why

A big recruiting event is going down. Here’s all you need to know.

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Big-time recruits will be at this event, that’s who. You’ll be able to find plenty of SEC commits who are partaking in the event.

Here they are:

  • Xavier Williams (4* WR, 2018, Alabama)
  • Amari Burney (4* DB, 2018, Florida)
  • Nolan Smith (5* DL, 2019, Georgia)
  • Chris Smith (3* DB, 2018, Georgia)
  • Jarren Williams (4* QB, 2018, Kentucky)
  • Kelvin Joseph (4* DB, 2018, LSU)
  • Micah Baskerville (3* LB, 2018, LSU)
  • Nelson Jenkins III (3* DL, 2018, LSU)
  • Alontae Taylor (4* ATH, 2018, Tennessee)
  • Joshua Moore (4* WR, 2018, Texas A&M)
  • Leon O’Neal Jr. (4* DB, 2018, Texas A&M)

The full list of players can be found here.


The Opening Finals have an assortment of talented players partaking in a 7-on-7 tournament, where they’re able to flash and showcase their skills in front of a nationwide audience on TV and plenty of luminaries in the recruiting world.


Beaverton, Oregon at Nike’s HQ of course. It’ll be on TV once the 7-on-7 tourney begins, at 7 p.m. ET on July 3 on NFL Network.


Throughout the weekend. SB Nation will begin a live blog for The Opening on Friday afternoon.


Exposure of course. Plenty of terrific standouts around the country are involved in this, so you can get a glimpse of who may be coming to your favorite school or who could be on their way should they commit to your favorite school.