The Opening

The Basics

Who: The top 162 high school football players in the nation as selected by Student Sports after film evaluation and/or in-person evaluation at one of our nationwide events.

What: The Opening presented by Nike Football is four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for many of the country’s most elite high school football players. Every position and every aspect of the game will be highlighted over the course of the four-day program. Past events have featured NFL stars like Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Ndamukong Suh, Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Rodgers, Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis coaching participants in a variety of drills and competitions.

When: The Opening 2015 will held in early July 2015. Exact dates will be announced at a later date.

Where: Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.

How much: The invite-only event is free to attend.

The Opening 2014 Official Roster

The Opening presented by Nike Football, is four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for many of the country’s most elite high school football players. Every position and every aspect of the game will be highlighted over the course of the four-day program that runs in early July and is held at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.

The event will crown winners for the Nike 7ON tournament, Nike Linemen Challenge, and SPARQ Rating National Championship. Designed to give student-athletes the training and knowledge to develop their speed, explosiveness and position skills, The Opening brings together top performers from all of the Nike Football Training Camps and Nike Football SPARQ Combines, combined with other top prospects – all battling for the chance to claim ultimate bragging rights.

Several of Nike’s world-class football athletes will also be on hand during the tournament to assist in coaching and provide insights into athletic training at the highest level and what it takes to succeed on and off the football field.

The Opening has quickly become the high profile high school football event in the nation. Last year it drew media coverage from,,,, USA Today and every other major recruiting website, as well as being featured with eight hours of broadcast on ESPNU.

Check out the coverage of The Opening 2014.

For more information or to submit questions on The Opening, contact Student Sports:

• Brian Stumpf (Southeast/West) – / 800.660.1334 x 4427

• Michael White (Midwest/Northeast) – / 800.660.1334 x 4429

• Todd Huber (Linemen) – / 800.660.1334 x 4401

• Michael Fletcher (Linebackers) – / 800.660.1334 x 7166

• Eugene Jackson (Defensive Backs) – / 800.660.1334 x 4411

Student Sports
23954 Madison Street
Torrance, CA 90505

Updated: October 28, 2013


  1. Samson Dube

    July 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Would seniors who just graduated be able to be invited or is it only for upcoming seniors and under? I graduate in 2017, just wondering for future reference.

    • Kirsten Leetch

      August 21, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Rising seniors and younger is the age range for our football events. For our 2016 events, that will mean that class of 2017 athletes and younger will qualify.

  2. Brennan

    April 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Hello , I am a upcoming freshman & im praying to get open .. If I score high enough on the skills rating could I possibly get open? I play Safety/Slot Reciever ..

  3. Alan Rogers

    March 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    What is the best way for an offensive lineman to get invited to The Opening? Like what are the determining factors for an invite?

    • Kirsten Leetch

      March 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Hello. Good highlight tape, some sort of regional or national ranking or honor and doing well at a Nike Football Combine (scoring a high mark). You can send your highlight tape and all of your stats (name, position, year of graduation, HS name, city/state, height/weight, stats, honors, highlight video) to He assesses the linemen. Best of luck.

      • Tim.G

        April 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

        What’s up my name Tim Griffin and i attend valdosta high school i was wondering if you could check out my hudl and maybe i could get select to the opening i play Running back and slot Receiver

  4. Tim

    February 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I barely have any film. Could I still be Considered if I perform well at a combine and or camp?
    (also could you discard the previous comment due to a mistake…)

    • Kirsten Leetch

      March 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Yes. If you do well at a combine, you could be considered to attend a Regional just based on that.

  5. Andrew

    February 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Is NFTC the same thing as The Opening Regionals? Thank you and God Bless all.

    • Kirsten Leetch

      February 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Good question – yes they are. We do that same thing at these camps as the NFTC’s. We just changed the name this year.

  6. Gareth Ashton

    December 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Hello student sports, is there any way that the opening gears such as the opening pro combat shirt will be made available for purchase?

    • kleetch

      January 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

      At this point, we don’t and won’t be selling any of the pro combat apparel. Thanks for the interest though.

  7. Chris

    October 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    What are all the ways you can get invited to the opening?

    • kleetch

      October 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Playing well this season and getting ranked will help. Going to a combine and testing well enough to get you invited to a Nike Football Training Camp and then doing well there are all ways to get an invite. Good luck!

  8. Christopher Kyle Domingue

    August 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Hi my name is Christopher Domingue im a sophomore at Lafayette high school in Lafayette, Louisiana and I would like to be on the 7on7 I don’t any highlights yet but there coming soon, what do I have to do to be in this program? Im 5’4 106 pounds and I play wide receiver I would just love to have an experience like this, thank you

  9. James C. Jackson III

    July 14, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Greetings! Take a look at James C. Jackson IV video highlight from the varsity Spring Football Game, May 22, 2014. This is a rising 9th grader, starting at RB/MLB. Awesome Student/Athlete. Attends Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL.

    God Bless! And good luck to all of these outstanding young men.

    Pastor James III

  10. James Leachman (parent of Opening athlete some day with hard work and dedication)

    June 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Guys, there are 3 underclassmen going to the Opening this year. keep up the hard work and it will pay for itself. When I told my boy that 3 will be going he said “only 3 in the entire country”? He looked at it as a bad thing I look at it as “son, you could be one of the 3”. Good luck to all.

  11. Lavernon

    June 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

    what if this is your first year of high school without any highlights ?

  12. Michael

    June 23, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Hi, I am a 5 foot 10in wide receiver (class of 2016) of from the Dallas,Tx area, and my goal is to get invited to the opening in 2015. So I just wanted to ask that if I get a very high sparq rating at my local nike sparq combine camp, will I get invited to the opening in 2015 as wide receiver that is not highly recruited like the other prospects? Please give me an answer to my question, because I want to be a prospect that will be getting recruited be other division one colleges and get scholarship offers to play wide receiver and to hopefully run track to prove people wrong. I am willing to put in the work for it just like I do in the classroom. Thank You

    • kleetch

      August 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      That is one way to get an invite to The Opening, but more than likely, it is a better way to get an invite to an NFTC where your football skills can be highlighted better than at a NFSC. Many factors go into an Opening selection – is not one-dimensional – but getting to an NFSC, scoring high and then getting a consideration to an NFTC is the most logical way. Your coach can also recommend you and your play on the field in the fall is another great indicator of consideration for any of the elite events. Good luck!

  13. Vivi

    June 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hi, kickers are invited to the opening?

    • kleetch

      August 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      No, I’m sorry. We do not use kickers in our 7-on-7 competitions, therefore, no kickers qualify to come.

  14. Keytaon Thompson

    April 1, 2014 at 6:37 am my name is Keytaon 9th grade class of 2017 QB. 6″4. 210. Landry walker high New Orleans. La Just promoting my self thanks and good luck

    • Coach JJ Williams

      May 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Hey boss I’m Coach JJ Williams ( my son is also Class 2017 and his name is Jamyest Williams Archer High School Gwinnett County Georgia. Your boy has talent. Give me a call sometime 706-680-6227..


  15. Robert

    March 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    can you walk on to an NFTC camp

    • kleetch

      March 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      No, but you can be considered ahead of time: Q: How does a player get registered to attend a NFTC?
      A: The NFTCs are free but space is limited in order to maximize the experience for all involved. Registration information is sent out to top players/recruits who are in the Class of 2015 as well as top underclassmen. Players can be recommended by their coach as a high level recruit to pre-register for the camp. If a recommendation is not possible then a player may email a link to video highlights or DVD so he can be evaluated. A third way to get registered is to test well at a Nike Football SPARQ Combine.

      Coaches can send in recommendations as soon as the season is complete; please include 2013 statistics, height, weight, position, honors/accolades, etc. with online or DVD highlights if possible.

      For more information regarding the 2014 NFTCs, if you are a coach recommending a player or wanting to work the camp, or to submit an all-state or all-area team with nominees on it, please contact:

      Michael White – Midwest/Northeast (
      Todd Huber – Linemen (
      Michael Fletcher – Linebackers/Volunteer Coaches (
      Eugene Jackson – Defensive Backs (
      Brian Stumpf – West/Southeast (

      Student Sports
      Attn: Nike Camps
      23954 Madison Street
      Torrance CA 90505

  16. Justin

    March 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Ok say if you were registered to go to the Nike Football Training Camp but you did well enough at the combine to get an invite to the opening, do you still have to go to the Camp?

    • kleetch

      March 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      You do not have to, but it’s a great event and more ways to compete against players that are your caliber. It sets you up nicely for The Opening.

  17. Robert Chatman Jr.

    March 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    My son Robert Chatman III participated at the Los Angeles combine on March 8th 2014. I went through all of the head shots but I did not see one of him. He would have had on a white Nike headband. Any chance of getting his picture put in with the rest of the players? Thanks!

    • Bob

      March 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      We’re sorry that you are unable to locate his headshot. All of the headshots taken that day have been posted online and listed in alphabetical order by first name. There are a couple reasons an athlete’s headshot would be missing. He may have skipped the photo station all together. Or he may have lost his card after taking his headshot and we were not able to link his information to the headshot.

  18. A Parent

    March 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Once a highlight video is submitted, is it reviewed prior to the registered combine? If so, will you reach out to that athlete and his parents prior to the combine if the video is a good highlight video? Lastly, is there a chart with the Sparq formula made available for private calculations?

    • kleetch

      March 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Follow up with one of these football staffers:

      Michael White – Midwest/Northeast (
      Todd Huber – Linemen (
      Michael Fletcher – Linebackers/Volunteer Coaches (
      Eugene Jackson – Defensive Backs (
      Brian Stumpf – West/Southeast (

      We do not have a calculator for the public at this time but we are working on it.

  19. Kejon Deberry

    February 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    Class of 2017
    My Freshmen Highlights 2013-2014
    Kejon Deberry

  20. warvreunta moore

    February 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    what is a good sparq combine rating to have to get invited to the opening ?

    • todd

      February 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

      The SPARQ Rating is not the sole factor in determining Opening invites. It’s based off a combo of your testing times, your tape and your performance at Nike Camps. A score above 130 would be hard to ignore though.

  21. montie

    February 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    is the opening only for rising seniors and seniors

    • kleetch

      February 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      The Opening is primarily for 2014, the class of 2015 athletes and maybe a handful of 2016 athletes.

  22. sha-mar Pierre

    February 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    How do I send my highlight video to qualify for the opening

  23. Tre

    February 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Will 7/8 Graders be able to compete in Oregon In the Opening

    • kleetch

      February 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      I’m sorry, no. There will only be high school athletes competing there.

      • Tre

        February 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        So is there rumor you revive gloves and cleats?

  24. darius smith

    February 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hello, my name is Darius Smith i live in virginia and i really would like to attend a combine to get better and to get exposure. Im in the 10th grade.

  25. Chad Hekking

    February 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I am a 6’4 225 lb QB and attended a sparq combine last year and received a 94.3 ive been invited to the Elite 11, Rivals Norcal under armor camp, and the nike training camp. How can i get recognized and attend the opening this year as im going into my senior year?

    • kleetch

      February 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hello Chad. Going to an Elite 11 and the Nike Football Training Camps and being seen is a great way to be considered for the Opening. Good luck.

  26. noah lasenby

    January 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    How do i sign up up for the Massllion sparq combine im currently in the 8th grade

  27. todd

    November 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This will be the 4th year of The Opening

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