Nebraska Cornhuskers Football: 3 Players To Watch at The Opening


Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks alum and Nike co-founder Phil Knight on the sidelines prior to the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Every summer high school football players gather in Beaverton Oregon for Nike’s “The Opening” and “Elite 11” Camps.  The Opening consists of several contests including the SPARQ testing, lineman challenge, and 7 on 7 exercises. The Elite 11 tests the top high school quarterbacks in the nation. This years festivities kick off June 30 and finish up on July 3rd.

Several of the 150 plus players have received scholarship offers from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but there are three players in particular that Husker fans should keep their eyes on throughout the camp.

Tanner Farmer, Offensive Lineman, Highland Illinois:

Farmer is a big boy with good speed and great balance. He took the advice that many of us didn’t by wrestling (something all lineman should do), and won a state championship in his junior year of high school. He is a verbal commit to Nebraska, and should impress this weekend at the Nike camp.

Naijiel Hale, Defensive Back, Bellflower California:

Hale has not made a verbal commitment yet, but Nebraska is in the running along with Wisconsin, Arizona, Cal, and others. For those of us who grew up in the 90’s, he is the son of Nate Dogg, who was a hip hop artist that collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre and others. Naijiel’s talents on the field rival those of his father on the mic, and would be a great addition in the 2014 Recruiting Class for Nebraska.

Andrew Williams, Defensive Lineman, McDonough Georgia:

Williams has also declined to commit to a school as of yet, but he hinted at a few favorites. Nebraska is on that list along with Notre Dame, Clemson, Alabama, and Florida State. With his imposing size of 6’4 245 pounds, he has potential to be quite a force once he finally makes his way to a college campus. Imagine what Defensive Line Coach Rick Kaczenski could do with size, speed, and power on the defensive line. Williams, like Hale and Farmer, would be a great fit in the 2014 Husker Recruiting Class.

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