HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- The Battle of the Beach passing tournament was held Saturday at Huntington Beach Edison High School with a loaded field that included plenty of USC recruits.

One of the bigger highlights was the opportunity to watch two of the top 2016 quarterbacks in Malik Henry and K.J. Costello. Henry has a USC offer and was recently named the No. 2 prospect in the 2016 ESPN Junior 300, while Costello checked in at No. 61 on that list. The two had a chance to match up in the quarterfinals at the event, with Costello leading his Santa Margarita team to a victory over Henry and Westlake.

Three days after securing No. 34-ranked prospect Sam Bruce, coach Al Golden struck again in South Florida by picking up a commitment from No. 11 overall prospect Dredrick Snelson. Continue reading for more on Snelson and Miami's sensational start to its 2016 class:


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The Bruins remain hot on the trail following ESPN 300 OG Fred Ulu-Perry Jr.'s decision. Below, see how he fits into UCLA's plans:


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Pac-12 programs hold commitments from 13 prospects who participated in Nike's The Opening this week, including four quarterbacks who finished in the final Elite 11 quarterback ranking and two offensive linemen who were named to the Final Five on that side of the ball. Though the conference will undoubtedly finish with commitments from many more of the recruits in attendance, we take a look at how the 13 commitments fared over the four days.


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Florida has a new top commitment following Jerome Baker's decision. Below, see what former Gators linebacker Baker will remind fans of:


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS schools from July 4 - July 10:

ACC
Miami-FL
Sam Bruce WR
HT: 5-8 WT: 177
Positional Rank: No. 8 WR for 2016
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#34)

Terrell Chatman WR
HT: 6-3 WT: 176
Positional Rank: #28 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#243)

Dionte Mullins WR
HT: 5-11 WT: 179
Positional Rank: #11 WR for 2016
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr.300 (#66)

Jordan Scarlett RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 206
Positional Rank: #15 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#169)

N.C. State
Quentez Johnson DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 326
Positional Rank: #37 DT
Stars: 3

Syracuse
Doyle Grimes OLB
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

West Lindor WR
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia
David Curry S
HT: 6-0 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Damien Dozier OLB
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trevon Hill DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 212
Positional Rank: #26 DE
Stars: 4

Big 12
Kansas State
Chase Johnston ILB
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Garrett Thomas OT
HT: 6-6 WT: 306
Positional Rank: #40 OT
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Illinois
Samuel Mays WR
HT: 6-4 WT: 181
Positional Rank: #123 WR
Stars: 3

A.D. Miller WR
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Positional Rank: #70 WR
Stars: 3

Michigan State
L.J. Scott RB
HT: 6-1 WT: 217
Positional Rank: #9 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#112)

Pac-12
Arizona
Kendal Franklin DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 219
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kendrick Jackson ILB
HT: 6-0 WT: 237
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Antonio Parks ATH
HT: 5-8 WT: 171
Positional Rank: #69 ATH
Stars: 3

California
Ross Bowers QB-PP
HT: 6-1 WT: 167
Positional Rank: #12 QB-PP
Stars: 3

Colorado
Josiah Blandin WR
HT: 6-4 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Alex Kinney K
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oregon State
Beau Hott OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 273
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Nick Wilson OG
HT: 6-2 WT: 288
Positional Rank: #17 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#227)

UCLA
Andre James OT
HT: 6-5 WT: 275
Positional Rank: #14 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#165)

Stephen Johnson ATH
HT: 5-11 WT: 188
Positional Rank: #47 ATH
Stars: 3

USC
Isaiah Langley ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 164
Positional Rank: #7 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#132)

SEC
LSU
Xavier Lewis CB
HT: 5-11 WT: 183
Positional Rank: #14 CB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#134)

South Carolina
Damon Arnette CB
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

A.J. Turner RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 187
Positional Rank: #67 RB
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Kahlil McKenzie DT
HT: 6-4 WT: 330
Positional Rank: #11 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#95)

Vanderbilt
Caleb Peart DE
HT: 6-0 WT: 234
Positional Rank: #40 DE
Stars: 3

Josh Smith OLB
HT: 6-3 WT: 216
Positional Rank: #12 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#229)

Independents
BYU
Riley Burt ATH
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Positional Rank: #76 ATH
Stars: 3

American
Connecticut
William Richardson DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 234

SMU
Myron Gailliard WR
HT: 5-9 WT: 160

C-USA
Marshall
Roosevelt Lawrence CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 160

North Texas
Cade Erwin WR
HT: 5-11 WT: 175

Old Dominion
Jaelen Vazquez DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 258

Quincy Watts WR
HT: 5-11 WT: 172

Southern Miss
Jonathan Nance WR
HT: 6-0 WT: 180

Mid-American
Ball State
Malik Dunner ATH
HT: 5-11 WT: 190

Kent State
Nick Faulkner ILB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Mountain West
Air Force
Ryan Brand QB-DT
HT: 5-10 WT: 190
Positional Rank: #41 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Campbell Clarkson OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 240

Nevada
Hausia Sekona DE
HT: 6-1 WT: 255

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Richard Hallman WR
HT: 6-4 WT: 174
With 10 Big Ten commits in attendance at The Opening, the conference was well represented. Prospects for Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State competed with 153 of their peers.

The Nittany Lions had the most commitments on hand with four, including quarterback Brandon Wimbush, receiver Juwan Johnson, running back Saquon Barkley and defensive lineman Adam McLean.

Wimbush had an outstanding week and turned some heads with his performance. He found himself in the top 11 rankings for the quarterbacks all week and shined in the 7on tournament as well.

McLean hurt his hamstring early on in the event, so he wasn’t able to participate in most of the activities. He did represent the Nittany Lions well, though, with an outstanding haircut. He had Penn State and the logo cut into his hair.

Michigan had linebacker commit Darrin Kirkland Jr. and quarterback Alex Malzone. Both prospects performed well and both had their recruiting hats on too.

Kirkland showed up to the event saying he had his targets on running back Mike Weber, and he had all week to try to convince Weber to join him in Ann Arbor.

The Spartans also had a quarterback on hand with Brian Lewerke participating in the Elite 11. Lewerke had a quiet week, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing with this type of event. Lewerke didn’t make many mistakes and was part of the championship team for the 7on tourney.

Linebacker Justin Hilliard wasn’t so quiet as he made his presence known early, earning a top 15 SPARQ rating and being named to the all-tourney team in the 7on play.

That feat is impressive given the fact that 7-on-7 play isn’t geared towards linebackers and certainly not to 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebackers at that.

Hilliard was joined by fellow Ohio State commits Tyler Green and Jashon Cornell at the event.

It was a good test for the prospects to size up their future competition and gain some experience when they transition to college.
ESPN 300 running back L.J. Scott has committed to play for head coach Mark Dantonio. Read below for more on one of 2015's best system-fitting pledges:


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Five-star offensive tackle Tim Settle hasn't narrowed his list down yet, but he's not afraid to admit favorites when asked which school has the best food and the best looking girls. Plus, the final Elite 11 rankings featured quarterbacks going to Alabama, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC, Penn State and UCLA, but it also included some surprises.


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video Andre James is now on board with the Bruins. Below, see how this ESPN 300 verbal impacts UCLA's small but impressive 2015 class:


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ESPN 300 prospect Kahlil McKenzie has elected to attend Tennessee, the alma mater of his father, Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Read on to see what this high-profile pickup means for the Vols:


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Live blog: The Opening, Day 4

July, 10, 2014
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Want a unique view of the summer's premier event for college football prospects? Join ESPN RecruitingNation's team of reporters and scouts as they cover the Elite 11 and The Opening.
 
The Miami Hurricanes have landed another coveted St. Thomas Aquinas prospect in ESPN Jr300 receiver Sam Bruce. Continue reading for more on the news and Miami's early 2016 class progress:


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Live blog: The Opening, Day 3

July, 9, 2014
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Want a unique view of the summer's premier event for college football prospects? Join ESPN RecruitingNation's team of reporters and scouts as they cover the Elite 11 and The Opening.
 
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: The word freak purposely doesn't get thrown around a lot in recruiting circles, because it can quickly become cliché. But after dominating during the SPARQ testing Tuesday, there should be no problem giving that label to five-star defensive end Josh Sweat. Plus, an Alabama commitment made the play of the day with a one-handed catch.


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