The Opening, which features the top high school football players in the country, is currently transpiring on Nike's campus in Beaverton, Oregon. Tweets, Vines, and other coverage of the event have already made their way to social media, and substantial portions will be broadcast on ESPNU on Thursday and Friday night. Wednesday consists of lots of athletic testing.
With numerous players receiving airtime, it's often difficult to disseminate which players could be future Seminoles, so we've cobbled together the following information to help 'Noles fans cull through the plethora of elite talent. Those attending are divided into six teams (the table below can be sorted by name, school, or team) and discussed below, omitting conversation regarding recruits without FSU offers.
Team Mach Speed
Team Mach Speed may as well be called Team FSU, as all seven Florida State commits are on this squad: CB Levonta Taylor, TE Isaac Nauta, QB Malik Henry, DE Janarius Robinson, C Baveon Johnson, S Jamel Cook, and CB Kyle Meyers. What remains to be seen is if they can manage to recruit some of their teammates over to the 'Noles. That may have commenced prior to The Opening, as Malik Henry solicited Seminole fans to follow Mach Speed teammate Brandon Burton. Burton has already announced that FSU will be one of his official visits, as he plans to be at the Miami game in October.
Defensive end Brian Burns has also been drawing steady attention from the 'Noles. After attending Junior Day, he's had an April visit from Kelly and Miller and a May visit from Miller and new coach Brad Lawing.
Team Alpha Pro
Team Alpha Pro doesn't include any current FSU commits, and is rather scarce on realistic 'Nole prospects. The class of 2016's top-ranked player, Rashan Gary, hasn't shown FSU much love, and despite a couple visits from Charles Kelly since a trip to Tallahassee in April, fellow 5-star defender Lyndell Wilson looks to be headed to Alabama.
However, a pair of possible future Seminoles populate the Alpha Pro roster. Florida State is in good shape for Nate Craig-Myers (6-2, 205), the nation's top receiver recruit and a former Auburn commit who is currently being forecasted by a majority of experts to wind up in Tallahassee; it's worth noting that his cousin is current 'Nole linebacker Jacob Pugh.
Cornerback Nigel Knott is also trending in FSU's direction since he camped at Florida State in June and subsequently pushed back his decision date. Knott's impressive speed and footwork have him ranked as the nation's No. 7 corner, and he's being pursued by ace-recruiter Tim Brewster. But it won't be easy, as a number of elite SEC schools are involved with the Mississippi corner.
Team Fly Rush
The Team Fly Rush roster is also rather low on probable future Seminoles. Legacy linebacker Devin Bush, Jr. seemed like a likely commit after he received his offer in December, and he visited FSU in April as well as showing up for camp in June -- sort of. Bush was rarely seen around camp, and said later that he'd worked out and watched film. Michigan looks to be closing the gap with Bush.
It's also worth keeping an eye on California's Oluwole Betiku, the nation's top weak-side defensive end. He's another Brewster target who included Florida State in the top six he released in late May, along with Florida, Texas A&M, Penn State, Notre Dame, and UCLA. That list makes it seem like Betiku is not at all adverse to leaving the west coast.
Closer to campus, Lawrenceville, Georgia's E.J. Price, who attended FSU's Junior Day this year, has indicated that FSU will be a part of his top five when it is released, even though Georgia is still his leader.
Team Hyper Cool
The Hyper Cool team sports a few could-be 'Noles. Receiver Elijah Stove has had visits from Charles Kelly, Lawrence Dawsey, and former FSU coach Jeremy Pruitt, along with attending the Seminoles' Junior Day in 2014, as well as the UF game. It's been a while since he's been on campus, though.
Certainly keep an eye on defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, for whose commitment the 'Noles are currently battling Florida and UNC. The five-star talent is the nation's No. 2 DT and is being recruited by Jay Graham and Odell Haggins. There's a good chance he winds up in Tallahassee.
The same can be said for the top offensive tackle in the class of 2017, five-star Calvin Ashley. Despite being a current Auburn commit, it would come as no surprise if this Orlando product wound up in garnet and gold.
Team Lunar Beast
Lunar Beast has FSU cornerback target Trayvon Mullen, of Coconut Creek (Fla.). LSU is the major competition for Mullen.
Superbad is loaded with LSU commits, along with some possible future Seminoles, both of which could apply to No. 2 cornerback Saivion Smith. He committed to the Tigers in April, but the 'Noles are still after him.
Running back Travis Homer attended Junior Day at Florida State in February and visited again in April, and his lone coach visit came from FSU's Jay Graham. However, just 11 days after that visit, Homer committed to Miami.
The nation's fourth-ranked tight end, Naseir Upshur, is on Superbad as well-- he recently announced that he'd be attending the July Jimbo Fisher football camp, and has Florida State as a co-leader with Michigan. And although he's remained solid to Penn State since his somewhat surprising commitment to the Nittany Lions over FSU, some still believe Shane Simmons could be swayed back to the 'Noles.
New: Wednesday Recap
Florida State tight end commit Isaac Nauta stood out today, both for his words off the field and actions on it. He was part of a trio of future 'Noles who offered their predictions about FSU landing some blue-chip prospects, and drew praise for his play as well, including this blurb from Jamie Uyeyama: "One guy who never seemed to be covered well was Florida State commit Isaac Nauta. If there is a better tight end in the nation, I’d like to see him because Nauta put on a show as a route runner and showed outstanding hands. He left one defender in the dust with a great route and then topped it off with a one handed catch just to rub it in. Throw that in with the way this kid gets after it as a blocker and it’s hard not to picture a Mackey Award some time in his future."
Uyeyama's full day-one observations can be found here.