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UPDATES: Day 1 of The Opening
The nation's top football prospects are at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., the home of Nike Headquarters.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Day one at The Opening at Nike Headquarters will start off with testing of the athletes followed by the Nike Football Training Camp in the afternoon.
More than 160 of the best prospects in the 2017 and 2018 classes are taking part. Arkansas is recruiting numerous athletes, including running back Chase Hayden, linebacker-defensive end Drew Jordan, cornerback Ambry Thomas, safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell and safety Todd Harris.
Testing will start at 11 a.m. central time and will end around 12:45. The first interview session will be in the afternoon.
1:03 p.m. update
Hayden had an exceptional morning during SPARQ work with a 41.8 in the vertical and scoring over 137 overall, which is the leader in the clubhouse.
Hayden ran a 4.52 in the 40, a 4.00 in the shuttle and threw the power ball 43 feet. He didn't make the top five. The fifth spot was a 138.38 so Hayden's 137 plus should easily be in the the top 10 in the SPARQ rating today.
His mother, father and two younger brothers are here.
Thomas ran a 4.43 in the 40 and had a 3.9 shuttle.
Harris had a 4.5 in the 40, 40 inch vertical,, a 4.3 shuttle and threw the power ball 39 feet.
11:00 p.m. update
Highly recruited running back Toneil Carter of Houston, (Texas) Langham Creek on an official visit to Arkansas.
"As of right now, I can still say I’m thinking about it, because I still have a couple of schools to take my officials to," Carter said.
Linebacker Addison Gumbs, 6-4, 220 of Hayward, (Calif.) Stellar Prep said Arkansas is definitely in the mix for him. He said he talks weekly with the Razorback coaches. He and his parents visited Fayetteville in early April.
Hayden ran a 4.60 in the 40 and a 4.02 in the shuttle. I should've mentioned the above results were unofficial. The 41.8 vertical and the power toss of 43 feet were correct.
Another Chase Hayden tidbit, his father was recruited by Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell out of high school. He thinks well of Mitchell.
Highly recruited defensive end Drew Jordan, who's committed to Duke, said he's considering an official visit to Arkansas. He and defensive line coach Rory Segrest continue to communicate. He showed well during 1-on-1's today. He had several good reps that showcased his speed off the edge.
Jordan, 6-3, 240, 4.52, of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett, has offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, California, Boston College and others.
Former Ohio State running back and current Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott ran a 4.42 in the 40 and had a 38 vertical for a SPARQ of 118.11 at the 2012 Opening. He's one of several NFL athletes on hand.
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