How to watch: UGA targets at The Opening

Five-star QB Jacob Eason will be one of several UGA storylines to watch at The Opening this week.  (Michael Carvell / AJC)

Five-star QB Jacob Eason will be one of several UGA storylines to watch at The Opening this week. (Michael Carvell / AJC)

More than 150 of the nation’s top college football prospects have gathered at Nike headquarters this week for The Opening, an all-star camp.

It will really grab national attention on Thursday with live television coverage on ESPNU. Out of The Opening’s 166-man roster, 14 are from the state of Georgia. Also in attendance are some out-of-state UGA commits and targets, including 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens, Wash.


What can you see on TV: There will be instructional sessions, combine testing and specific head-to-head competition for linemen and skill players. It is mostly for seniors, but there are another 11 highly-regarded rising juniors who will also take part.

How to watch on TV:  The Opening will be televised beginning on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. That’s 5 p.m. on the West Coast. The network will have coverage of daily events through Saturday.

UGA commitments attending:  QB Jacob Eason, DL Julian Rochester

Major UGA targets attending: DL Derrick Brown; WR Kyle Davis; DB/WR Deangelo Gibbs (2017); ATH Mecole Hardman, Jr; RB Elijah Holyfield; DL Antwaun Jackson; TE Isaac Nauta; OL E.J. Price; ATH Demetris Robertson; DB Nigel Warrior; DB Jaymest Williams (2017)

Tune in to see: Eason is one of three QBs for Team FlyRush for the 7-on-7 tournament. It will give him a chance to compete and interact with major UGA offensive targets like Davis and Robertson. Those playmakers will get the chance to see what it will be like to catch passes from a QB generally regarded as the nation’s top pro-style passer for 2016.

RELATED: Take a look at UGA’s 2016 Big Board

Here’s a timeline of the week in Beaverton.  Check the Opening’s Daily Schedule for a complete breakdown:

Monday and Tuesday: The Elite 11 Quarterback derby.

Wednesday: Nike Football Testing and Training Camp

Thursday: Lineman Challenge events and Nike Football 7-on-7 Pool Play

Friday: Nike 7-on-7 Championship Tournament; Lineman 1-on-1 Drills and Finals; Nike 7-on-7 Championship Game


Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.

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