Longhorns shine at The Opening

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening has come to a conclusion, and Texas fans learned a couple of things.

First, Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) is pretty versatile. Second, and perhaps the bigger story, A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) is a lot better than advertised.

While Raulerson showed his worth among the best as an offensive lineman, even he had to yield to the play of Robinson, particularly during the lineman drills on Sunday. Raulerson watched Robinson shred through offensive linemen and said Robinson is highly underrated on a national level.

“A’Shawn Robinson is the real deal. I saw it first-hand,” Raulerson said of Robinson, the No. 14 defensive tackle in the nation. “He plays like he’s a 30-year-old man. He’s strong and lean and has good mass. He has great technique. He really gave me a hard time.”

While the lineman looked strong, the skill-position players entered and left The Opening with the most questions. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) had his ups and downs in 7-on-7 play, but the passing competition helped the dual-threat quarterback with making reads and executing in long-yardage downs. He should receive more tutelage in two weeks at the Elite 11 in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Wide receivers Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cy Falls) and Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit) showed that if the passing game is prevalent, plays can be made. The players were on Super Bad, the team that won The Opening's 7-on-7 championship. Most of the big plays in the title game were made by uncommitted receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), but Warrick and Oliver were key in the team’s run.