The Opening Finals Recap: Video Highlights

July 4, 2017 Corey Bodden, Staff Writer

Notre Dame safety commit Derrik Allen was a standout DB at The Opening Finals
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There was a ton of Notre Dame flavor at Nike Football's The Opening the past several days and Blue & Gold Illustrated was on hand in Beaverton, Oregon providing a ton of coverage from the national event.

BGI's coverage included several highlight videos of Irish commits and targets during practice, 7-on-7s and one-on-one drills.

Here will you find that video and practice coverage from each day BGI was at Nike World Headquarters.


The first two days in Beaverton focused on install and drills for the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends including Notre Dame tight end commit George Takacs of Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast, Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward wide receiver Kevin Austin and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei product Amon-Ra St. Brown and Lindenhurst (N.Y.) Senior tight end target Jeremy Ruckert.

In the first video below, you will find highlights of Takacs during the Thursday's practice. Underneath it a video featuring Austin, St. Brown and Ruckert can be found.


During Friday's practice, BGI focused on Austin and his workout. Below is a compilation of highlights of Austin during the morning session which was open to the media.

Here is a full recap of the Thursday and Friday's practices which features BGI's thoughts on Takacs, Austin and St. Brown, among others.


On Saturday, the remainder of The Opening Finals participants arrived ready to showcase their talents in front of coaches and media.

The defense earned a lot of the attention from BGI during Saturday's afternoon session which included one-on-ones between the running backs/linebackers, wide receivers/defensive backs and offensive line/defensive line.

Up first, is a full highlight video of Notre Dame safety commit Derrik Allen from Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter including arguably the play of the wide receivers/defensive backs one-on-ones with a one-handed interception.

BGI also filmed the other three Irish defensive commits at the event — Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola, Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline defensive tackle Ja'Mion Franklin and Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison linebacker Ovie Oghoufo.

Highlights of each player is featured below.

The evening session also provided a glimpse of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy cornerback Houston Griffith and what he brings to the field skill set wise. St. Brown made a few highlight plays during one-on-ones which are featured below along with Griffith.

The Opening also published their own highlights from Saturday evening's one-on-one action including the wide receivers/defensive backs.

Below you will find a lengthy highlight video of the session including highlights of St. Brown, Ruckert, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep rover target Shayne Simon and others.

Along with the wide receivers/defensive backs, The Opening produced another close up look at the offensive line/defensive line battles during the session.

Below you can find clips of Ademilola, Franklin and Mustipher. Also featured is Notre Dame offensive line targets Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta Pace Academy and Granite Bay (Calif.) tackle Will Craig along with 2019 Cincinnati Walnut Hulls defensive tackle Jowon Briggs and Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange defensive end Zach Harrison.


Action picked up to another level on Sunday with the start of 7-on-7 pool play to go with more offensive line/defensive line 1-on-1s. The day provided plenty of action.

Below you will find clips of Notre Dame commits and targets participating in the offensive line/defensive line 1-on-1 portion of the day. Highlights of Ademilola, Franklin and Salyer are featured below.

Pool play for 7-on-7 provided plenty of highlights of Notre Dame commits and top targets including Allen, Austin and Simon including interceptions by Allen and Simon and a touchdown by Austin to go with multiple other big catches.

BGI also provided an observation report from Sunday's action offering thoughts on several Notre Dame commits and top targets who participated in the action-packed day on Sunday.

Check out the full report here.


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