The Opening: Simmons' Day Three Notes

Cameron Robinson

BEAVERTON, Oregon - Will there be a new No. 1 in the country on Scout? Cameron Robinson only helped himself at The Opening and his name is in the discussion...

Out at The Opening, around 160 of the best high school football prospects in America got after it on the football field.

From positional drills to Sparq testing to 1-on-1 action, Scout saw of the best compete and there is some chatter about a new No. 1 after the third day and final day at this event.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
Running back Leonard Fournette definitely did not hurt himself with his performance. Seeing a 6-foot-1, close to 230 move the way he did in the open field only helped his chances of staying at No. 1, but another Louisiana native made a strong case for his name to be there too.

That is Cameron Robinson.

The 6-foot-5, 330 pound offensive tackle looks physically like he is entering his senior season of college, not high school. Not many could believe he was 330-pounds when looking at his frame or after watching the way that he moves.

One of the coaches at The Opening who played in the NFL for many years said, "This kid is going to be a first round draft pick in the NFL." Many were thinking that and quite a few were saying it.

Robinson was an imposing figure throughout the week and he has a great frame, a long wingspan, and very good feet. He was strong on day two and even better on day three.

He definitely created a buzz in the final 1-on-1 session and Scout recruiting analysts have discussed the possibility of making a change at the top of the national board.

Robinson has every scholarship offer in the book, but it is down to Alabama and LSU.

Who's the Top Receiver?

Is it Malachi Dupre? It is Ermon Lane? Is it Trevion Thompson? They are one, two, three in that order and right now and Thompson will stay at three, but he had a very strong showing at The Opening, but who will be No. 1?

Dupre and Lane actually battled head-to-head on day two late in the day and both made big-time plays, but both also had a drop or two.

Dupre is a long and lean wideout and he is very fluid. Lane has a little more of an edge to him and he plays a little more physical at wideout. He is more rugged and Dupre just glides across the field.

Lane is currently the No. 7 receiver in the country sitting at 39 overall and Dupre is No. 3 at that position while being the No. 27 overall prospect on Scout. Not much difference there, but should they be even closer?

This is something that will be discussed as Scout prepares for the rankings to be updated.

On the recruiting front, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Miami are all in the mix for Lane and Dupre likes Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, and Notre Dame.

Evans and Miller Shine

Rashaan Evans and Christian Miller are both Scout 100 prospects and they are not going anywhere.

Evans, a 6-foot-3, 217 pound prospect out of Auburn, Ala. ran the 40 yard dash in 4.51 seconds this week and he was impressive in coverage.

Scout currently ranks Evans as the No. 10 rush end in the country and there is no doubt, he is elite off the edge and he is among the best when talking pursuit, but he is really developing as an outside linebacker.

Like Evans, Miller plays rush end in high school. The Spring Valley (S.C.) star has great anticipation off the edge, his long strides get him to the quarterback in hurry, and his speed helps him greatly, but he was one of the best in-coverage linebackers at The Opening.

The 6-foot-3.5, 206 pound athlete can turn and run, he has great range, and he covered a lot of ground on the second level. He is also very smart.

Neither Evans or Miller is committed at this time. Miller, a former Florida commitment likes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and UCLA. Evans recently named Georgia, UCLA, Tennessee, Florida State, and Auburn as his top five in that order.

Three-Star Safeties Shine

There were a lot of top defensive backs at The Opening, but once day three came to an end, two three-star safeties out of the southeast had both made strong cases to move up in the rankings.

Florida commitment Duke Dawson worked mostly at corner and he was strong in coverage at times with very solid coverage over the two day event. He played very physical and he knocked balls out of the air, out of receiver's hands, and he showed solid short space quickness. He could play some nickle back on the next level.

Ronald Walker, an Ole Miss commitment from Mississippi was solid at the Nike Football Training Camp in Memphis, Tenn. where he earned his invite, but he was much better in Oregon. His closing speed stood out as much as anything this week. When you look at his size (6-2/195) and you see how he moved, it was impressive. He covered a lot of ground at safety.

Both Dawson and Walker are solid with their commitments to the respective SEC schools.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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