The Nike Opening regional in Atlanta generated 12 invitations to the Final, the most of any of the stops thus far. Two quarterbacks also received invitations to the Elite 11 finals.
A pair of Clemson commits and a pair of Florida State defensive line commits from Newberry (Fla.) were among the 14 players.
The 12 invited to The Opening Final in July at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon include four defensive linemen, three linebackers and two wide receivers.
Here is a quick look at the players heading to The Opening Final:
- Drew Jordan, a defensive end from North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.).
- Ja’len Parks, the No. 7 defensive tackle in the Class of 2017 from Newberry (Fla.). He is committed to Florida State.
- Cory Durden, the No. 20 defensive tackle in 2017, also from Newberry (Fla.) and also a Florida State commit.
- LaBryan Ray, the No. 5 strongside defensive end from James Clemens (Madison, Ala.).
- Jaden Hunter, the No. 10 outside linebacker from Westlake (Atlanta). He is a Georgia commit.
- Markail Benton, the No. 6 outside linebacker from Central (Phenix City, Ala.).
- Willie Gay, the No. 18 outside linebacker from Starkville (Miss.).
- William Poole III, the No. 12 cornerback from Hapeville Charter (Atlanta).
- D’Antne Demery, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Brunswick, Ga.
- Tre’ McKitty, the No. 16 tight end from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). He becomes the seventh IMG player invited; the previous six were from a regional event in Tampa.
- Amari Rodgers, the Clemson commit wide receiver from Knoxville Catholic in Tennessee.
- Nico Collins, a wide receiver who is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 12 wide receiver overall from Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.)
Here the positional MVP from the event:
Clemson commit Chase Brice was the MVP at quarterback and will move on in the Elite 11 competition. Brice is from Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) is ranked as the No. 11 pro-style QB in the Class of 2017.
Also moving on is Jake Fromm, the one-time Alabama commit who switched to his home-state school Georgia. Fromm from Houston County in Warner Robins, Ga., is ranked as the No. 3 pro-style QB in the class.