Arizona prospects at the opening

Kahlil McKenzie

The Opening is the premier annual Nike summer event. Read on to see which Arizona recruits will be in attendance.

162 players were selected to join the premier annual Nike summer event The Opening and Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton,Oregon. The event is hosted at the Nike World Headquarters and there are numerous Arizona prospects in attendance.



Frank Buncom, 6-1, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Ranking: #149 Overall, #9 S, Considering Arizona, Cal, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and USC

Buncom has good size and instincts, and looked good at the Los Angeles NFTC, nearly winning MVP honors that day. Buncom returned to the Oakland NFTC to test, and while he was sidelined with a slight ankle tweak during the SPARQ testing, his body of work and his Los Angeles performance garnered him a spot in The Opening.


Dechaun Holiday, 6-2, 190, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Ranking: #73 Overall, #11 CB, Considering Arizona, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC and Washington

Holiday won the DB MVP honors at the Los Angeles NFTC in a loaded group. Not long after, he punched his ticket to The Opening, the first player from San Diego picked for this year's showcase. One of the top defensive backs in the West, it will be interesting to see if Holiday plays corner or safety in Beaverton.



Kahlil McKenzie, 6-4, 300, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
Ranking: #10 Overall, #1 DT, Considering Arizona and Tennessee

The West's top overall prospect in the 2015 class, McKenzie emphatically earned his spot in The Opening after a dominant performance at the Oakland NFTC, where he won DL MVP honors but was really the top performer overall. In pads, McKenzie is even more dominant and he's looking to make a case to be the top prospect in the country. McKenzie will also be announcing his decision at The Opening between Arizona and Tennessee.



Keenan Walker, 6-6, 280, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Ranking: #91 Overall, #8 OT, Committed to Arizona

Walker is the top offensive tackle prospect in the West and after a solid showing at the Los Angeles NFTC, he landed his invitation to The Opening, the lone big man from the state of Arizona invited to Beaverton. A commit to Arizona, Walker will look to seal his spot as the West's top tackle in the 2015 class.



Torrance Gibson, 6-4, 207, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
Ranking: #19 Overall, #2 QB, Considering Auburn, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCF, Arizona

Gibson's recruitment is already a rollercoaster and will continue to be one. However, there is no denying that he is one of the best signal callers in the country and, with the right fit, should be a dynamic college player. Arizona has picked it up as of late and is hoping to get a visit, but it does not appear that there is a decision coming any time soon.
Tyron Johnson, 6-2, 190, New Orleans Warren Easton Charter
Ranking: #49 Overall, #6 WR, Considering Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, Arizona

Johnson is another player that Arizona has picked it up with as of late. Texas Tech and Arizona will likely get official visits and LSU is in there as well. Johnson is a dynamic receiver that is going to help any school he goes to right away. He looks more like a linebacker, but is a physical and fast receiver with great hands. Will be a major recruit for any school he chooses.
Arthur McGinnis, 6-2, 228, New Orleans Warren Easton Charter
Ranking: #28 LB, Considering Arizona, Georgia, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA

Arizona is hoping to get McGinnis on campus, but he is playing his recruitment slowly and is not saying a ton. We do know that McGinnis likes Arizona, but he can say the same for other schools as well. McGinnis is one of Arizona's top targets at linebacker and although he is a three-star, the general belief is that he is a bit under recruited right now.

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