Recruits travel to Oregon today for the top high school football combine of the summer.
‘The Opening’ takes place this week at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
The event will be televised on ESPNU Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. ET for the SPARQ rating national championship, Wednesday from 8-10:30 p.m. ET for 7on7 pool play and Thursday from 8-11 p.m. ET for the 7on7 semifinal and championship as well as the linemen challenge finals.
Three UF commits are competing this year in receiver Derrick Dillon, quarterback Sheriron Jones and cornerback Marcus Lewis.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Lewis said. “Just going out there with all the gear they give us and competing against the best on ESPNU. And I’ll be getting better and learning from pro players and coaches that have experience on the college and NFL level.”
Lewis has yet to meet any members of Florida’s 2015 class, so he’s ready to see Dillon and Jones.
“It will be nice finally meeting someone,” Lewis said. “I heard they’re both great players. I can’t wait to see them live. I might go against them, actually. It’s going to be fun.”
Jones arrived at Nike on Saturday and is one of 18 quarterbacks going through the Elite 11 camp in conjunction with The Opening. The Elite 11 will air Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU, though the winner will be announced at the conclusion of The Opening.
Dillon is playing on team Alpha Pro and Lewis is on the Landsharks. Jones’ team will be determined once 7on7 pool play starts.
Several targets for the Gators will also compete in The Opening, including running backs Ray-Ray McCloud III and Dexter Williams (Miami commit), receivers George Campbell and Auden Tate, offensive linemen Martez Ivey and Javon Patterson, defensive end Byron Cowart, safety Jaquan Johnson and linebackers Te’Von Coney, Roquan Smith and Adonis Thomas, who plans to decide between Alabama and Florida on Aug. 1.
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