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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Lessons Learned: The Opening, Day 2

By RecruitingNation

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the elite lineman challenge, numerous 7-on-7 games and five college commitments on Tuesday, there was plenty to learn at The Opening. Here are four things that stood out on a busy day.

Cameron Robinson doesn't need pads
In normal camp settings, the offensive linemen usually have a disadvantage when going against defensive linemen in one-on-one drills. At The Opening, both square off in pads, making it a more even matchup.

During the lineman challenge, the offensive linemen stood out and dominated many of the reps taken. The usual suspects starred, including Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial).

Robinson wasn't in pads because the state of Louisiana doesn't allow high school prospects to participate in this event with pads on. That made no difference as the No. 1-ranked tackle dominated one defensive prospect after another.

He is quiet off the field, but says he flips a switch once he puts that helmet on. Robinson flipped that switch several times and made the opposing linemen pay. -- Tom VanHaaren

Recruiting never stops
Florida State four-star linebacker commitment Kain Daub said on Monday that he would recruit players for the Seminoles, even if it meant talking to them at Walmart. He lived up to his word on Tuesday.

In Daub’s sights was five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter of Norcross, Ga. Carter said that at one point during seven-on-seven pool play Daub walked up to him and handed him a phone. On the other end was Florida State assistant Jeremy Pruitt.

“Kain was like, 'Here take this,'” Carter said. “So I take it, and on the other end was Coach Pruitt. Coach Pruitt was like, ‘I hear you got some news for me.’ I was like ‘What?’ Coach said that Daub told him I was ready to commit to Florida State. I told him no, and we had a big laugh."

“Man, Kain gets after it. He’s serious when he goes after you.”

Daub said he is a man of his word and that he takes recruiting for Florida State seriously.

“If it wasn’t for other guys that helped recruit me to Florida State, I wouldn’t be committed,” Daub said. “So I’m doing what I can to help make it happen for FSU.” -- Jeremy Crabtree

Quarterbacks still need work
Despite all we heard from Trent Dilfer and the Elite 11 coaching staff about the remarkable practice sessions of the 18 quarterbacks invited to the The Opening, the 7-on-7 play again set the signal callers back a step. Traditionally, this stage of the event eats quarterbacks for lunch. It was better on Tuesday but not on par with the lofty expectations. By the semifinal and championship rounds on Wednesday, the QBs ought to know their personnel well enough to appear in sync. On Tuesday, bright spots included David Blough (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview), Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) and Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade). Expect others to shine brightly before The Opening comes to a close. -- Mitch Sherman

Alabama keeps beefing up its line
While its dynamic running backs receive most of the praise, the heart of Alabama's offensive attack under Nick Saban has been its unparalleled offensive line. The Tide secured another pledge up front on Tuesday when three-star offensive guard Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City) pledged to the defending champs. The commitment was somewhat unexpected.

McBride had to delay talking about his decision until he reached Saban, who was on vacation.

“I told him I wanted to formally commit to Alabama, and he was like, ‘Well, we formally accept,’” McBride said. “He was like, ‘Just know that when you commit to us, there is no decommitting or none of that.’ I would never really consider it. I doubt I would ever decommit from such a school like that.” -- Derek Tyson