Sabre Scoop: “The Opening: D.C.”

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“The Opening: D.C.” (former the Nike Football Training Camp) was held at Centreville High School (Clifton, VA) on Sunday, April 19. UVa class of 2016 commitments Cole Blackman and Landan Word, as well as a number of Cavalier targets, were on hand for the event.

Top Performers

Seven high school juniors received invites to the main “Opening” event that takes place in Eugene, Oregon, as a result of their performance Sunday. They are:

Dwayne Haskins, Jr., QB, The Bullis School (MD), Uncommitted
Trevon Diggs, WR, Avalon (MD), Uncommitted
– Darryl Turner, WR, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD), MARYLAND COMMIT
Terrance Davis, OL, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD), Uncommitted
– Keandre Jones, LB, Good Counsel (Olney, MD), MARYLAND COMMIT
Jaquan Yulee, LB, Indian River (Chesapeake, VA), Uncommitted
Levonta Taylor, CB, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA), FLORIDA STATE COMMIT

Taylor, who is considered the top overall junior in the Commonwealth, turned in the top SPARQ rating of the year after running a 4.03-second shuttle, posting a 42.2-inch vertical leap, and running an electronically-timed 4.34-second 40.

Haskins (QB), Abdul Adams (RB, H.D. Woodson H.S. in Washington, D.C.), Turner, Davis, Drew Birchmeier (DL, Cosby H.S. in Midlothian, VA), Aaron Hansford (LB, St. John’s College H.S. in Washington, D.C.) and Daman Hayes (DB, Wise H.S. in MD) scored MVP honors at their respective positions.

Following the 1-on-1s and Half Skelly (basically, 3-on-3), “Opening” organizers picked the top camp performers to compete in the Super Showcase 7-on-7. Blackman, who I thought had a solid day, earned a spot in the Showcase. In testing he ran a 4.60-second 40 and a 4.15-second shuttle (both electronically-timed), and he had a 33-inch vertical.

I’ve had an opportunity to see Blackman in action in a camp/combine setting twice now. Here are the areas in which the Glen Allen junior has impressed…