If you're a bit confused on what exactly The Opening is, Bud Elliot has a primer on the event. Essentially, it's a chance for 166 high school athletes to compete against each other and further get evaluated. They're already top prospects, so it's not like they're worried about getting offers. It's more like they're trying to enhance their already good positions.
The Opening is a three day event. Today will consist of the measurements, drills, etc similar to the NFL Combine or Pro Day on campus. If there's an Auburn commit or target that we see put up some eye-popping numbers, we'll try to FanShot it for you. If you're wanting to watch some of it because you're starving for anything football related, there will be portions of it available on TV:
- July 9: Seven-on-seven games. 8. p.m. ET, ESPNU and Watch ESPN
- July 10: Seven-on-seven semifinals/championship and Lineman Challenge finals. 1 and 8. p.m. ET, ESPNU and Watch ESPN
There aren't too many players already committed to the Tigers participating. Just three by my count. One of those is one of the few underclassmen that are participating in the event. That would be 2017 5* Offensive Tackle Calvin Ashley, who committed to the Tigers during Big Cat Weekend.
Also participating are 4* WR commit Elijah Stove, who committed to the Tigers back in May and 4* Safety commit (and Auburn legacy) Stephen Davis, Jr.
Davis, Jr is a bit of an interesting situation. He committed to Auburn back when the old staff was in place. He's recently wavered a bit and says he's only "70% committed." Apparently the Tigers are talking to him about playing in a different role than just at Safety.
When you get to that level, many of the players at The Opening boast offers by Auburn. For a full list of Auburn targets, Wesley Sinor of AL.com has a good wrap up. If you're wanting the complete list of everyone involved, Bud Elliot has you covered.
Some Tiger Targets of note are:
5* WR Nate Craig-Myers
5* DT Rashan Gary
5* DT Derrick Brown
4* DT Antwuan Jackson
4* QB Jawon Pass
2017 4* OLB Markail Benton
Jawon Pass is one to note, since he's also been taking part in the Elite 11 QB competition this week. He is expected to commit in the near future. He recently stated that he almost committed to the Tigers back in May, but the 247Sports Crystal Ball is leaning heavily to Alabama, right now. Both the Tigers and the Tide already have a QB committed in the 2016 class, but will probably still take Pass.