Thursday featured the first day of 7-on-7 competition at The Opening, the nation's premier recruiting event that includes seven FSU commits, tied for the most of any school (with LSU). Here's a look back at who stood out among Seminoles-to-be on Nike's Beaverton, Oregon campus.
- Early chemistry established: Quarterback Malik Henry, an FSU commit and arguably the best QB recruit in the country, seems quite fond of a future Florida State teammate, as he targeted and regularly connected with Isaac Nauta, the best tight-end recruit in the country for the class of 2016. This should come as no surprise, since Henry and Nauta were short-lived teammates at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida before Henry decided to transfer back to California.
- Future Florida State defensive backs show out: On the defensive side of the ball, opponents seemed quite reluctant to throw at the nation's top cornerback, FSU-commit Levonta Taylor, as he routinely shut down his side of the field. Over the top, 'Nole-commit Jamel Cook flashed as well, continuing to display fine range and superb ball skills as a defensive center-fielder. Cook has stated, however, that the Seminoles plan to use his formidable size (6-4, 192) at the Star position.
- Center of attention: The nation's top center recruit, Florida State commit Baveon Johnson, also had a very nice day, dominating several other big men in the trenches. Johnson could stand to drop about 25 pounds before he hits Tallahassee, but he impressed nevertheless and is establishing himself as an imposing talent.
- Big Picture: Overall, it was a very nice day for 'Nole commits, as Team Mach Speed, which includes all seven FSU commits, went 3-1. They beat Team Lunar Beast (populated by a number of Ohio State and USC commits) twice, by scores of 2-0 and 13-7, and also stomped the Alabama-commit dominated Team Alpha Pro 20-0. Mach Speed fell to Team Superbad, which features the seven aforementioned LSU commits, 20-6, but it's worth noting that Henry only quarterbacked the squad for half of that game.