The Opening, in Beaverton (Ore.), has been going on full force this week and there are several Miami prospects competing with other top talent from across the nation. While we have covered most of these prospects at other events, The Opening is different because of the coaching they will be receiving and other amenities. Some of the coaches include Ndamukong Suh, Patrick Peterson, Ray Rice and Dwayne Bowe.
Miami TE commitment Travis Johnson (6’3/235) is showing what he is capable of. He went off last weekend at the IMG Academy National 7-on-7 and is continuing in Oregon. He has been using his body well to make catches even when covered. Like stated last weekend, his hands will separate him from others.
Booker T. Washington High (Miami, Fla.) 2013 standouts OL Denver Kirkland and LB Matthew Thomas are both doing real well. This should have been expected by anyone who has witnessed them play before. Kirkland (6’5/335) is absolutely dominating on the field and will rise to the challenge. Thomas, who stands 6’3.5 and 200-pounds, can play at just about any position. He’s that athletic. He will impress a lot people with his size/speed combo. Expect a big play at any moment from him.
One of the biggest surprises so far, in terms of Miami prospects, was how well Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough defensive end Jordan Sherit tested. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.56-forty time. At any size those are good numbers much less Sherit’s 6’4, 245-pound frame. He is built right and the Canes are back on him, recently offering him at tight end to complement his defensive end offer.
You can’t have the country’s best athletes without the nation’s fastest man (in the 60m). Orlando (Fla.) Jones wide receiver Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield ran the second fast forty at The Opening, 4.37 (LSU commit Jeryl Brazil ran a 4.32) and then won the fastest man competition. Whitfield told CaneInsider.com that he is doing “real good” out there.
Rising senior ATH Ryan Switzer (5’10/170) is also participating in the event. He has legit speed, movement and ball skills. This week, he is proving it to the nation. He is currently committed to North Carolina. http://www.caneinsider.com/content/m...#axzz203ZIr0L4
Miramar (Fla.) linebacker Jermaine Grace is also in attendance. He is practicing with NFL running back Ray Rice and is learning a lot from him. At 6'2, 210-pounds, he is high on Miami's list.
Defensive back Artie Burns (6'0/180) ran a 4.4-forty and is doing well. The Miami (Fla.) Northwestern star, and former Alabama commit, is getting recruited hard by Miami.