The Opening Finals Twitter Wrap-Up

July 5, 2017 David McKinney, Staff Writer

The 2017 edition of Nike Football's The Opening Finals has come and gone.

From June 28-July 3, several Notre Dame commits and top targets participated in the event which brings together 166 of the best high school football players in the country.

Below, you can find Tweets from several different media members regarding the performances of Irish commits and targets at the event.

Four-Star TE Commit George Takacs 

Notre Dame tight end commit George Takacs was an Opening Finals invitee, and the clip below shows him running a drill during Thursday's practice.

Four-star #NotreDame TE commit George Takacs at @TheOpening Finals.

— David McKinney (@BGI_DMcKinney) June 29, 2017

To see more of Takacs in action, check out the link in the tweet below.

We got film of nearly every rep Irish TE commit George Takacs took at @TheOpening practice today. See them all here:

— David McKinney (@BGI_DMcKinney) June 29, 2017

Four-Star DT Commit Jayson Ademilola 

Thank you @nikefootball for the best weekend of my life @TheOpening !!

— Jayson k. Ademilola (@jaysonademilola) July 4, 2017

Ademilola had a great time at The Opening, and was a standout lineman during the event. In the clip below, Ademilola shows off his power and strength during the lineman challenge.

Couple reps for #NotreDame DT commit @jaysonademilola.

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) July 2, 2017

You can see more of Ademilola in the clips below.

Great power & explosion by @jaysonademilola during 1on1's at @TheOpening

— Roman Oben (@R_Oben) July 2, 2017

Bags Packed, already there ready to compete. @TheOpening Watch out! @jaysonademilola

— Ade Ademilola (@AdeAdemilola1) July 2, 2017

Four-Star Safety Commit Derrik Allen 

Allen was undoubtedly one of the best defensive backs at the event. Here, he gives a Twitter shoutout to Nike for putting on the camp.

Thank you @TheOpening for allowing me the opportunity to live my childhood dream 🙏 If I could do it 1000 more times I would!! @NDFootball

— Derrik Allen (@DsmoothAllen) July 4, 2017

In the clip below, Allen goes up and gets an interception at the highest point during seven-on-seven pool play.

#NotreDame safety commit Derrik Allen (@DsmoothAllen) continues to do Derrik Allen things here at The Opening Finals. @CoachdAllen

— Corey Bodden (@BGI_CoreyBodden) July 3, 2017

Allen stole the show Saturday night during one-on-ones with an effortless one-handed interception.

#NotreDame safety commit Derrik Allen (@DsmoothAllen) did this yesterday.

— Corey Bodden (@BGI_CoreyBodden) July 2, 2017

On Monday, Allen came close to grabbing yet another pick.

Nearly another INT for #NotreDame safety commit @DsmoothAllen

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) July 3, 2017

Congrats and good work this week dreams come true 🏈🙏🏾@i_dareU_4life #Family

— Derrik Allen (@CoachdAllen) July 4, 2017

Bleacher report with another angle of Allen's one-handed pick.

Hands team 👀 (h/t @TheOpening)

— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) July 2, 2017

Three-Star Linebacker Commit Ovie Oghoufo 

In this Tweet, Ogohufo gives a shoutout to Nike for inviting him to the camp.

Thank You @TheOpening... Wonderful Experience at NIKE HQ.

— Ovie Oghoufo (@OvieOghoufo) July 4, 2017

Oghoufo gets in on some goal-line coverage during seven-on-seven play.

Some goal-line coverage for #NotreDame LB commit @OvieOghoufo

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) July 3, 2017

Oghoufo was fired up to be at the event, and to have four fellow commits along for the ride.

just a lil' preview for the future #GoIrish

— Ovie Oghoufo (@OvieOghoufo) July 4, 2017

Three-Star DT Commit Ja'Mion Franklin 

Based on what he's seen from Franklin, BGI football analyst Bryan Driskell expects Franklin to make an early impact in South Bend.

I would expect Jayson Ademilola & Ja'Mion Franklin to both be playing as freshmen alongside Darnell Ewell, Kurt Hinish and Myron Tagovailoa.

— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) July 2, 2017

Franklin wins a rep during the lineman challenge.

#NotreDame DT commit Ja'Mion Franklin (@Jamion_Franklin) with a nice rep.

— Corey Bodden (@BGI_CoreyBodden) July 2, 2017

Franklin definitely came into the event with a chip on his shoulder.

I know that I proved to everybody these past couple days that I can compete with the best in the country. Anybody who still sleeping 🤗💯

— #55GoLive (@Jamion_Franklin) July 4, 2017

In the Tweets below, Franklin shares a few photos from the camp.


— #55GoLive (@Jamion_Franklin) July 4, 2017

Thank you to Nike and @TheOpening crew for allowing me to have this great experience it was a blessing to be around the Elite. #Swoosh

— #55GoLive (@Jamion_Franklin) July 4, 2017

Four-Star WR Target Kevin Austin 

Austin running a drill during QB/WR/TE practice

Top #NotreDame WR target Kevin Austin at @TheOpening finals. (Video via @BGI_DMcKinney)

— (@BGInews) June 29, 2017

Austin hanging out with some fellow Floridians

#Florida sent some Real Ones to #TheOpening. Xavier Williams, Elijah Moore and Kevin Austin. #StraightBaller

— UnderTheRadar (@_UnderTheRadar_) June 30, 2017

Austin grabs a long ball during seven-on-seven play.

Kevin Austin hauls in another one. A long ball from Jarren Williams. @Ka_szn

— (@BGInews) July 2, 2017

Austin goes for a long TD during seven-on-seven play.

Tocuchdown Kevin Austin. Top ND WR target hauls it in from Jarren Williams @Ka_szn

— (@BGInews) July 2, 2017

Driskell weighs in on Austin

I love Austin's second gear and downfield ball skills.

— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) July 3, 2017

Four-Star Rover Target Shayne Simon 

Simon grabs a pick during seven-on-seven play

Top ND rover target Shayne Simon (@SimonShayne)with a nice pick of four-star QB Jack Tuttle. Via @BGI_DMcKinney #TheOpening

— (@BGInews) July 2, 2017

Simon breaks up a pass that leads to an interception for his teammate.

ND rover target Shayne Simon breaks up a pass, leads to INT. @SimonShayne

— (@BGInews) July 2, 2017

Five-Star WR Target Amon-Ra St. Brown 

St. Brown was one of the best players at the event, and clips like the one below show why.


Amon-Ra St Brown (@amonra_stbrown) is a hard man to slow down.

— Ronny Torres (@RonnyTorresSS) July 3, 2017

St. Brown was making plays constantly during the camp.

@ArmyAllAmerican Amon-Ra St Brown at #TheOpening #D1Bound @amonra_stbrown

— #D1Bound Nation. (@SportsRecruits) July 2, 2017

St. Brown goes up to get a ball, making for an excellent photo opportunity.

I want it so imma go get it. #D1Bound

— #D1Bound Nation. (@SportsRecruits) June 30, 2017

In the clip belwo, St. Brow nabs a one-handed reception.

The offense is getting synced up.

Defense, you better be ready.

— The Opening (@TheOpening) June 30, 2017

Four-Star TE Target Jeremy Ruckert

Ruckert was likely the best TE at the event .

Jeremy Ruckert is a matchup nightmare. Constantly making catches across the middle.

— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) July 3, 2017

Ruckert gives a shoutout to the camp.

Had an unforgettable week!! #AlphaMenace #TheOpening @ Nike World Campus

— Jeremy Ruckert (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) July 4, 2017

Ruckert grabs a TD during seven-on-seven play

Touchdown Jeremy Ruckert.

— David McKinney (@BGI_DMcKinney) July 2, 2017


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