Who impressed the scouts at The Opening Los Angeles

Playing both cornerback and wide receiver, Darnay Holmes showed off his versatility in L.A. Miller Safrit/ESPN

The Opening regionals headed out west this week to Los Angeles. Much like last week’s event in Orlando, there was plenty of talent on hand to compete.

Here are some of the top performers:


Darnay Holmes: Holmes, No. 23 overall, was the highest-rated ESPN Junior 300 prospect in attendance. He didn’t disappoint, performing like one of the top prospects in the 2017 class. Possessing strong measureables, he displayed quick feet and smooth hips in drills, and when it came time to compete against the WRs, those attributes made him tough to beat. The No. 3-rated cornerback, he had an outstanding day on defense, but also showcased his versatility and athleticism, taking some reps at WR. On offense he made some nice plays, displaying not only good ball skills but also leaping ability and timing to go up and get the football. Holmes walked away the DB MVP as well as an Opening invite.

Tate Martell: The Texas A&M commit has been on the recruiting radar for a while which comes with elevated expectations. The ESPN Jr. 300 QB lacks ideal measureables, but also continues to prove to be a confident competitor. He has a quick release and consistently looked sharp delivering the ball on underneath and intermediate passes. A good athlete, he looked comfortable on the move, allowing him to be able to keep plays alive or find passing windows, and still be able to deliver with good accuracy.

Tyjon Lindsey: At 5-foot-8, the ESPN Jr. 300 WR is a diminutive target, but he can also be explosive. Lindsey, a quick and savvy route-runner, consistently proved tough to stick with. Lindsey also continues to display excellent hands, and when he was delivered a catchable ball, he rarely has any drops. The top-10 WR was awarded position MVP as well as an Opening invite.

Wyatt Davis: Upon first seeing Davis, the four-star OL looked in good physical shape and acknowledged that he had dropped some weight since last seeing him. Once the camp started, he didn’t let down having a good afternoon which earned him an Opening invite. In one-on-ones working at tackle, he could be quick to turn his shoulders and open up at times, but overall showed active hands with a strong punch and good feet and balance and was real strong in the reps we saw.

Jaelan Phillips: Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he has a big frame with room to still grow and fill out. A hybrid DE/LB type, he worked out with the DL Sunday and flashed the problems he can create rushing off the edge. Long with a good burst, he was able to get upfield and turn the corner when active with his hands. Phillips is a big, athletic front-seven defender with promising upside.

Stephen Carr: Carr led the pack of running backs Sunday and had a nice performance which earned him an Opening invite. A big back, he flashed the wiggle to be able to shake tacklers in one-on-one drills. In pass-pro drills, he utilized his size and strength and showed his toughness to shut down rushers. He also displayed good hands as a receiver.