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Recruits preview Nike’s The Opening Regionals camp in Chicago

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Recruits preview Nike’s The Opening Regionals camp in Chicago

Nike’s The Opening Regional camps are some of the most prestigious events for high school football recruits in the nation, and players from across the Midwest will converge on Halas Hall, the home of the Chicago Bears in Lake Forest, Illinois for the Chicago Regionals. To preview the event, I asked five recruits from across the Midwest about their thoughts and expectations for the camp. Here they are:


Daniel Parker Jr. (@LuhhDaniel) – Three-star Defensive End – C/o 2018 Blue Springs HS (Blue Springs, Missouri)

Thoughts on the camp: “It should be fun to compete against the best! [I’m] never nervous!”

Recruiting expectations for the camp: “Hopefully anything and everything would and will be a blessing.”

Offers: Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Missouri State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Yale

Interest: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UCLA

Quincy Patterson II (@quincy_qb1) – Three-star Quarterback – Virginia Tech commit – C/o 2018 Eric Thomas Solorio Academy (Chicago, Illinois)

Thoughts on the camp: “[I’m] honestly, pretty nervous considering this is my last chance to ‘GET OPEN.’”

Recruiting expectations for the camp: “Well, I kinda expect to gain interest, it is wanted not so much, [as] not many schools can beat out Virginia Tech in my eyes as far as how much I like them.”

Offers: Virginia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Syracuse, Toledo, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Yale

Interest: Michigan State and more

Jayshon Jackson (@JayJay14) – Three-star Receiver – Toledo commit – C/o 2018 Simeon Academy (Chicago, Illinois)

Thoughts on the camp: “The expectations I have going in is to get a fast 40, pro shuttle time and dominate in the 1-on-1s. Hopefully, after all of that I will get invited to the finals.”

Offers: Toldeo, Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Western Michigan

Interest: Iowa State, Missouri, Northwestern, Purdue

Dimitri Douglas (@Dimitri_70) – Three-star Offensive Lineman – C/o 2018 Saline HS (Saline, Michigan)

Thoughts on the camp: “I expect the camp to be physical and competitive as I remember doing the regional last year.”

Recruiting expectations for the camp: “I hope that I can go out and compete to the best of my ability and show schools that I belong among the best.”

Offers: Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Cornell

Interest: Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Western Michigan

Arthur Veal V (@A_V_5) – Unranked Athlete – C/o 2018 Brother Rice (Chicago, Illinois)

Thoughts on the camp: “I’m feeling really excited about it. I can’t wait to have some real good competition.”

Offers: Western Michigan

Interest: Ball State, Colorado State, Northern Dakota State, Northern Illinois

Editor’s note: Peter Elliott will be covering the event for TalkingBaws.com, so look forward to more coverage of The Opening Chicago Regionals camp here.

All quotes are obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

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