Lawrence leads bevy of Georgia high school talent at The Opening Finals in Oregon
Cartersville High School 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is one of 19 players from the state of Georgia on the official roster at the 2017 edition of The Opening Finals at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
The invitation-only event begins June 28 and continues through July 3 and includes the Nike 7ON Championship, Final 5 Linemen Challenge, Elite 11 and Nike Football Rating National Championship competitions.
Overall, the top 166 high school football players in the nation — as selected by Student Sports — will participate in four days of training, coaching, and competition. The Opening Finals includes the top, high-profile players at every position and receives eight hours of broadcast coverage on ESPNU.
NFL stars Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Ndamukong Suh, Marshawn Lynch, Todd Gurley, Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and more have worked with The Opening Finals participants in the past in drills and competitions.
In three years as the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes’ quarterback, Lawrence (6-5, 210, Clemson commit) has averaged almost 16 yards per throw in a spread offense that has back-to-back Class AAAA state championships. The pro-style quarterback has 120 touchdowns, only 20 interceptions and has connected on 62 percent of his throws.
Two other Georgia high school quarterbacks will be on The Opening Finals roster, but both are of a different style than Lawrence. Justin Fields of Harrison and Jarren Williams of Central Gwinnett are both highly sought-after dual-threat quarterbacks.
Fields (6-3, 220) has more than two dozen offers from high-profile Division I programs around the nation. He originally committed to Penn State but has backed off that commitment for now. Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, and Ole Miss are commonly reported as the top contenders for Fields.
Williams (6-2, 205) is a University of Kentucky commit and will be on Team Savage Pro as a teammate of Cartersville’s Lawrence in Beaverton. At Central Gwinnett, Williams is coached by former Cass High School and Presbyterian College wide receiver Todd Wofford. Wofford also coached at Woodland High School.
At other positions, offensive guard Jamaree Salyer (6-4, 342) has attracted a lot of attention. The Pace Academy 5-star rising senior has at least 28 high-profile offers with experts having him leaning toward Georgia or Clemson. Trey Hill (6-3, 345, Houston Co.) is another offensive guard that is currently undecided.
The state of Georgia will be represented at each of the other positions at The Opening. See the complete roster of Georgia players below:
Trevor Lawrence — QB — Cartersville
Derrik Allen — DB — Lassiter
Brenton Cox Jr. — DL — Stockbridge
Kenneth Dicks III — DB — Lambert
Justin Fields — QB — Harrison
Trey Hill — OL — Houston County
Jaycee Horn — DB — Alpharetta
Kearis Jackson — WR — Peach County
Kyler McMichael — DB — Greater Atlanta Christian
Azeez Ojulari — DL — Marietta
Chigoziem Okonkwo — TE — Hillgrove
Owen Pappoe — LB — Grayson
J.J. Peterson — LB — Colquitt County
Jamaree Salyer — OL — Pace Academy
Myles Sims — DB — Westlake
Chris Smith — DB — Hapeville Charter
Christian Turner — RB — Buford
Josh Vann — WR — Tucker
Jarren Williams — QB — Central Gwinnett
A complete national roster for The Opening Finals is available HERE.