BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Opening, the premier camp for the nation’s top high school football players held at Nike’s world headquarters, has come and gone, and several of Alabama’s top commits and targets shined.
Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa went home with the event’s top honors, winning the Elite 11 MVP, which is given to the event’s top quarterback, the 7-on-7 MVP and left Oregon a champion in the 7-on-7 tournament.
Offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood was named one of the top six offensive linemen along with 4-star center target Cesar Ruiz, while 5-star defensive tackle target Marvin Wilson was named the camp’s defensive line MVP. Wide receiver target Jerry Jeudy was named to the 7-on-7 All-Tournament team.
Alabama’s six commits who could participate in the 7-on-7 tournament (Leatherwood did not participate because there are no offensive linemen in 7-on-7 play) were on the winning team. The chemistry they created at the event should carry on when they become official Crimson Tide players.
Here are some testing numbers for Alabama’s commits and top targets:
Tua Tagovailoa, 4-star QB, Honolulu
Measurements: 6-foot-1, 212 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9
Pro shuttle: 4.3
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Overall rating: 95.13
Observations: Wow is the first word that comes to mind after watching Tagovailoa’s performance this past weekend. Not only does he have some serious zip on the ball, but he’s very precise with his passes. There were several throws that he fit perfectly in tight windows. In the tournament, Tagovailoa threw 11 touchdowns to three interceptions. The future at quarterback for Alabama looks bright.
Najee Harris, 5-star RB, Antioch, Calif.
Measurements: 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
**Did not test due to PCL injury**
Observations: Running back isn’t the position that gets a lot of changes to shine during 7-on-7 play, but when Harris did get the ball in his hands, you could see why he is the nation’s top player. For someone his size, he should not be as shifty and quick as he is. Pass-catching is not Harris’ strength. He dropped several passes that could have been caught, but he’s still pretty reliable catching the ball out of the backfield.
Alex Leatherwood, 5-star OT, Pensacola, Fla.
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 315 pounds
**Testing info not available**
Observations: Leatherwood showed why he’s one of the nation’s top offensive linemen. There were several times in 1-on-1 drills where the defensive lineman he was going up against got nowhere near the cone they were supposed to hit during the drill. Leatherwood is not a 5-star prospect on every recruiting website, but I think that’s going to change after his performance at The Opening.
VanDarius Cowan, 4-star LB, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 226 pounds
40-yard dash time: 4.65
20-yard shuttle: 4.33
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Overall rating: 102.87
Observations: What impresses me most about Cowan is his vocal leadership. He’s a guy that I’d want to play next to because he’s going to fire me up. It’s clear that when Cowan gets to Alabama, he’s going to be one of the team’s best leaders on defense. As far as his play, Cowan shined in pass coverage, consistently running step-for-step with some of the nation’s top athletes.
Markail Benton, 4-star LB, Phenix City, Ala.
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 237 pounds
**Testing info not available**
Observations: Like Cowan, Benton had several pass breakups in the tournament. He’s much quieter than Cowan on the field, but Benton was hyped up during play, which was good to see.
Tyrell Shavers, 4-star WR, Lewisville, Texas
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 196 pounds
40-yard dash time: 4.55
20-yard shuttle: 4.2
Vertical jump: 37.7 inches
Observations: Shavers looked the part in the testing portion of The Opening, but he had somewhat of a quiet weekend during the 7-on-7 tournament. Shavers is still a very raw prospect, and it’s going to take some time for him to reach his potential, but the measurables are all there.
Xavier McKinney, 4-star safety, Roswell, Ga.
Measurements: 6-foot-1, 192 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59
20-yard shuttle: 4.21
Vertical jump: 36.7 inches
Overall rating: 106.8
Observations: McKinney did not show much on the field during the tournament because Team VaporSpeed’s linebackers and corners were really the anchors of the team’s defense.
Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT, Bellaire, Texas
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 332 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.2
20-yard shuttle: 4.56
Vertical jump: 25.1 inches
Overall rating: 106.47
Jerry Jeudy, 4-star WR, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Measurements: 6-foot-1, 177 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55
20-yard shuttle: 4.2
Vertical jump: 37.4 inches
Overall rating: 104.88
LaBryan Ray, 4-star DE, Madison, Ala.
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 260 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.93
20-yard shuttle: 4.47
Vertical jump: 30.1
Overall rating: 91.05
Anthony McFarland, 4-star RB, Hyattsville, Md.
Measurements: 5-foot-9, 203 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.53
20-yard dash: 4.04
Vertical jump: 32.8 inches
Overall rating: 112.11
Cesar Ruiz, 4-star OL, Bradenton, Fla.
Measurements: 6-foot-3, 321 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.26
20-yard dash: 4.66
Vertical jump: 27.8 inches
Overall rating: 96.93
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.