The Opening: Out-of-Region Anticipation
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Da'Shawn Hand
Da'Shawn Hand
Scout.com
Posted Jun 30, 2013


Scout's National Recruiting Analysts preview which players from outside their region they look forward to seeing at The Opening this week in Beaverton...

Scout.com's complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE 
The Scout.com national recruiting analysts will be in Beaverton, Oregon, all week for The Opening at the Nike Headquarters. Leading up to The Opening, a gathering of 150 of the top prospects from all across the country, they are focusing on some of the key things to watch in the summer's biggest event.


  1. Which prospect from outside of your region are you most excited to see?
Michiah Quick
Brian Dohn (East): My choice is Fresno (Calif.) Central High receiver Michiah Quick. He is the top-rated receiver in the nation, and to do that you need to be a freak. My expectations are through the roof for him, so I want to see him dominate.

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Da'Shawn Hand
Jamie Newberg (South): The recruit out of my region I am most excited to see at the Opening is Da'Shawn Hand from Virginia. I want to see just how good this kid really is. I haven’t seen him live in person yet, only on film.

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Quin Blanding
Chad Simmons (South): Quin Blanding impressed me a lot in 2012 at The Opening and I want to see if he can have a repeat performance in 2013. This kid locked down one side of the field a year ago and he has a knack for being around the ball. I like his game a lot and I am excited about seeing him again.

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Kyle Allen
Greg Powers (Midlands): I really can’t wait to see Kyle Allen. He has one of the more impressive films that I can recall watching over the course of the past few seasons. On tape he makes all of the throws. He throws well on the run and shows that he can be very accurate deep down the field. He also flashes a big arm at times. I have had extensive opportunities to see both Kenny Hill and Matt Davis, who are both dual-threat QBs on the Texas A&M roster, so seeing Allen will give me a good idea of what he may bring to the table to push both of them as the immediate successor to Johnny Manziel, once his college career is over.

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Adoree Jackson
Allen Trieu (Midwest): I always think it's impressive when corners can go out and lock down receivers consistently at an event like this, because that's a position that gets challenged a lot in this setting. As a result, I'm excited to see what Adoree Jackson can do next week against the best in the country.

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Da'Shawn Hand
Da'Shawn Hand
Greg Biggins (West): Woodbridge (Va.) defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand is a top five player nationally and some feel could end up the top prospect in the country. He attended The Opening last year but an injury cut short how much work he could do. This year, he looks healthy and it will be fun to see just how good Hand really is.

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Quin Blanding
Brandon Huffman (West): I loved what I saw from Quin Blanding last summer at the NLA National 7on7 tournament and then a week later at The Opening, when he was one of just a handful of 2014 guys there.  Blanding is one of the premier safeties in the country and covers a lot of ground with great ball skills so he's going to be tough for quarterbacks to avoid in 7on.

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