UGA recruiting: Time, full rosters, live Monday updates for The Opening finals 2017

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Major UGA recruiting target James Cook competes in the "Cat and Mouse" Challenge this weekend in Oregon.

The quarterbacks, tight ends and receivers were joined by the rest of nation’s best on Saturday.

5-star QB prospect Justin Fields gets ready to carry his Mach Speed team’s banner on Sunday at the Nike Opening finals in Beaverton, Oregon. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Opening has a different feel for Georgia this year. The Bulldogs sent six commitments to the event in 2016 and would then pick up another two more commitments on the last day.

The Bulldogs have only two current commitments at the event this time. That’s surging cornerback Chris Smith II from Hapeville Charter Career Academy and 5-star junior DE Nolan Smith II.

The 2017 Opening finals are a good forum for commits to interact with other major targets, so Smith, who is actively recruiting for the Bulldogs, has a lot of work to do.

Nolan Smith, on the other hand, has very actively pursued by both Alabama and Clemson in the Class of 2019. A lot of the readers on our DawgNation message board have gotten nervy that Smith’s commitment isn’t as strong as it once was.

DawgNation discussed that with Smith on Saturday night. 

Notable targets in attendance this week for the Bulldogs include James Cook, Justin Fields, Luke Ford, Matt Corral, Daniel Faalele, KJ Henry, Trey Hill, Kearis Jackson, Tyreke Johnson, Azeez Ojulari, J.J. Peterson, Jamaree Salyer and Josh Vann, among many others. There’s a quintet of 5-stars in that roll call.

UGA entered The Opening with seven commitments and the No. 55 recruiting class in the nation for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Look for the Bulldogs to make great strides in those recruiting rankings over the next six weeks.

Can the Bulldogs pull another top-10 class this year? That — given the lightning bolt of good news from White last week — now seems very possible. Follow DawgNation and UGA recruiting reporter Jeff Sentell (Twitter: @jeffsentell) for live updates of all things Georgia football recruiting.

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Schedule for The Opening finals 2017

  • Monday, July 3 (all times ET) 7-on-7 Tournament, Championships: 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Offensive, Defensive linemen drills: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Offensive, Defensive linemen finals: 3:35 p.m. – 4 p.m. 7-0n-7 Tournament final: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Opening Awards Ceremony: 8:30 p.m.

UGA recruiting updates at The Opening finals 2017

Check back for live updates and analysis on UGA targets at The Opening finals.

The Opening finals 2017 full rosters

Players in bold are serious UGA targets.

QB: Quincy Patterson, Jack Tuttle

RB: James Cook, Jamal Elliot
WR: Tommy Bush, Isaiah Crocker, Elijah Moore, Anthony Schwartz, Xavier Williams

TE: Kyle Pitts

LB: Amari Gainer, Cameron McGrone, Ovie Oghoufo, Channing Tindall
DB: Derrik Allen, Tyson Campbell, Jevon Holland, AJ Lytton, Asante Samuel Jr., Steve Stephens, Patrick Surtain Jr.
OL: Daniel Faalele, Richard Gouraige, Rasheed Walker

DL: Jayson Ademilola, Robert Cooper, Ja’Mion Franklin, PJ Mustipher

QB: Tanner McKee, Tyler Shough

RB: Devon Lawrence, TJ Pledger, Mychale Salahuddin

WR: Chase Cota, Joshua Moore, Gunner Romney, Jalen Preston, Devon Williams

TE: Chigoziem Okonkwo

LB: Brandon Kaho, Micah Parsons, Merlin Robertson

DB: Chase Williams, Corione Harris, Tyreke Johnson, Bookie Radley-Hiles, Bryan Addison, Amari Burney, Talanoa Hufanga

OL: William Craig, Brey Walker, Reuben Unije

DL: Jowon Briggs, Dante Stills, Michael Thompson, Rick Sandidge
QB: Cammon Cooper, Justin Fields

RB: John Emery, Ricky Slade

WR: Kamryn Babb, Solomon Enis, Justin Shorter, Josh Vann, L’Christian Smith, Alontae Taylor
TE: Luke Ford

LB: Micah Baskerville, Jack Lamb, K’Vaughn Pope

DB: BJ Foster, Kelvin Joseph, Leon O’Neal, Chris Smith II, Caden Sterns, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Christian Tutt

OL: William Barnes, Penei Sewell, Sam Taimani

DL: Zachary Harrison, Nelson Jenkins III, Ron Tatum

QB: Devin Leary, Justin Rogers

RB: Jaelen Gill, Ricky Person Jr.

WR: Ja’Marr Chase, Brennan Eagles, Terrace Marshall Jr., Marquis Spiker, Al’Vonte Woodard

TE: George Takacs

LB: Teradja Mitchell, David Reese, Solomon Tuliaupupu

DB: Sevyn Banks, Anthony Cook, Jalen Green, D’Shawn Jamison, Josh Proctor, Atanza Vongor, Jaiden Woodbey

OL: Jackson Carman, Justin Dedich, Devontae Dobbs, Tyrone Sampson Jr.

DL: Taron Vincent, Brenton Cox, Andrew Chatfield

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Jarren Williams

RB: Camron Davis, Lorenzo Lingard

WR: Kevin Austin, Brian Hightower, Mark Pope, Justyn Ross

TE: Will Mallory, Brevin Jordan

LB: Xavier Peters, JJ Peterson, Payton Wilson
DB: Al Blades Jr., Kenneth Dicks III, Kalon Gervin, Jaycee Horn, Joshua Jobe, Kyler McMichael, Shayne Simon

OL: Tank Jenkins, Curtis Dunlap Jr., Delone Scaife

DL: Azeez Ojulari, Ronnie Perkins, Nesta Silvera, Xavier Thomas
QB: Matt Corral, Dorian Thompson-Robinson
RB: Harold Joiner III, Christian Turner
WR: Jordyn Adams, Jalen Hall, Kearis Jackson, Rondale Moore, Amon-Ra St. Brown

TE: Jeremy Ruckert

LB: Palaie Gaoteote, Owen Pappoe, Raymond Scott

DB: Gemon Green, Olaijah Griffin, Houston Griffith, Myles Sims, Stephan Blaylock, Aashari Crosswell, Christian Morgan

OL: Jamaree SalyerTrey Hill, Jovaughn Gwyn, Emil Ekiyor
DL: KJ Henry, Cameron Latu, Tyreke Smith, Nolan Smith
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