The Opening: Notre Dame Preview

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Several committed members of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class have headed to Beaverton, Oregon and Nike Headquarters for The Opening 2012. Here is a quick look at each member who was invited to this year's event, which begins today.

Notre Dame will be well-represented when some of the best high school prospects converge on Beaverton, Oregon for The Opening 2012 at Nike Headquarters.

 
Jaylon Smith | OLB | Fort Wayne (IN)
Smith is a player those running The Opening should be blown away with. Over the course of the past year, Smith has exploded at events like these using his great athletic ability to play multiple positions and dominate at each of them. Expect nothing different in Oregon as Smith is made for these types of showcases.

 
Colin McGovern | OT | New Lenox (IL)
After a disappointing Nike camp in his home state, McGovern will be pushed to show why many consider him to be one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. McGovern passes the "look" test and does a great job during drills; however, he's disappeared several times when the focus has moved to one-on-one battles. The Opening will give him a great chance to silence any critics.

 
Devin Butler | CB | Washington (D.C.)
A lot of eyes should be on Butler during this event as he's a player many are looking to see in person. A good showing by the future Irish defensive back will help him raise his stock and show why the Irish coaching staff is high on his potential. Butler turned down a chance to play in the U-19 Games to take part in The Opening.

 
James Onwualu | WR | Saint Paul (MN)
One of the most traveled prospects in the country is Onwualu who has made it his goal to prove he belongs in conversations about the top prospects in the country. The Minnesota native will get his biggest chance at The Opening and from watching him during a couple of events this spring, do not be surprised if he pulls out all the stops to prove himself against some of the best.

 
Steven Elmer | OT | Midland (MI)
Elmer has never backed away from competition and despite some struggles during one-on-one drills, he has never refused to take a rep always using the time to work on his game. A great athlete, Elmer will be expected to excel during drills and will see his greatest test during any one-on-one work. In the past Elmer has struggled working at left tackle while holding his own on the right side. Depending upon where he lines up, Elmer could see many take notice of his overall talents and what his future holds.

 
Corey Robinson | WR | San Antonio (TX)
Expect a lot of eyes on Robinson during The Opening as many have yet to see the son of former NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson in person. A solid showing here could ease some questions as to why Notre Dame pulled the trigger and offered the still-developing prospect with great upside.

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