BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Opening finals’ main event began on Sunday with pool play for the 7-on-7 tournament kicking off.
There was a good amount of media availability, so let’s get right to what we learned on Sunday at The Opening:
- Miami 4-star cornerback commitment Josh Jobe isn’t locked in with the Hurricanes. Jobe tweeted in April that his recruitment was officially over. That tweet has since been deleted. It didn’t magically disappear. There is a reason why it was deleted. He said it’s because he is done with social media, although he tweets on a regular basis. Jobe is a major cornerback target for the Crimson Tide, and the coaching staff is working hard to flip him. I think it happens. Moving to Connecticut from Miami this fall will ease the pressure on Jobe to have to stick with his commitment to the hometown team.
- Cameron Latu, a 4-star JACK target, admitted to SEC Country that his mother wants him to choose Alabama. That’s important because Latu is very close to his mother and values her opinion. Latu is one of the Tide’s top JACK targets along with 5-star prospects KJ Henry and Micah Parsons. Latu will visit Tuscaloosa on July 21 for Alabama’s cookout. That will be the Utah native’s third trip to Tuscaloosa. That’s a lot of visits for a player who lives nowhere near Alabama. Don’t be surprised to see a commitment on that day.
- Matt Corral, a 5-star quarterback, will visit Alabama on July 21. That’s big news as the Tide continue to look for their Class of 2018 quarterback.
- Penei Sewell, a 4-star offensive lineman from Utah, remains high on Alabama. He’ll make his commitment before his senior season. The Crimson Tide are in very good position here.
- Tyson Campbell, Alabama’s top cornerback target, said he wants to narrow his list of schools to seven. The Crimson Tide will make the cut when that time comes, he said.
- Harold Joiner is in the running for the oddest recruitment in the Class of 2018. Joiner is rated as the nation’s No. 5 running back, so he is an elite player. But, it seems like he wants to be handed the starting running back job at the school he commits to. He eliminated LSU, his longtime leader, because the Tigers have three running back commitments. He eliminated Georgia because it landed 5-star running back Zamir White. He doesn’t want to go to Alabama because of the Tide’s depth chart. The weirdest part of all is that he has Alabama in his top 6, but I asked him if there was any chance he’ll end up a Tide commitment and he said no. He’s never visited Michigan State before, but it leads for him because he thinks the depth chart is favorable to early playing time. This whole thing is just weird.