The creme dela creme of College Football recruiting showcase events is taking place this weekend at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
The Opening, draws 150 of the nations top recruits from the class of 2013 and a few from 2014. Players will have the chance to battle one another in several competitions that are held throughout the weekend, with coaches and scouts are prohibited from attending the event.
On Friday, players will go through Nike’s SPARQ training, doing the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and kneeling power ball throw getting a total combine score from each event. At the end of the day, there will be a SPARQ “national championship.”
Much of these events determine the players athletic ability other than just catching and running with the football.
Saturday and Sunday will boast the more popular and competitive events when players participate in 7-on-7, along with drills for the linemen. On Sunday, there will be a championship ceremony for both events.
A handful of top recruits will be on hand this weekend, including the No.1 overall prospect-USC quarterback commit Max Browne. Browne will be joined by 7 of the Trojans 10 recruits, giving the Trojans the most recruits at the event.
Events like this are crucial for players like Browne. Not just for his own individual name, but trying to bring other undecided recruits along with him to USC. It allows players to build friendships and help the recruiting process, even if the coaches and scouts are not allowed to attend the event.
Recruiting events help show players skills and ability to compete. But does it show the other intangibles that coaches look for? Can he lead their football on the field each Saturday?
With the swarm of arrests in college football these days, coaches want to know more other than what they do on the field.
You can watch The Opening on ESPNU all weekend at 8 p.m. EST.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.