The Opening Finals is officially underway for all 166 prospects at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, kicking off Wednesday morning with the Nike Football testing phase (formerly Nike SPARQ), where several Oregon Ducks targets and commits impressed with their athleticism.

Few were more eye-opening than 5-foot-11, 174-pound cornerback Nigel Knott, who posted a 4.30 40-yard dash and a 44.4-inch vertical leap on his way to a score of 141.66, unofficially the day’s third-best mark:

That effort is an improvement on his showing at the New Orleans Regional, where he earned the MVP award with a camp-high Nike SPARQ rating of 125.49.

Knott, who is interested in Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and others, appears to be a Seminoles lean, but had named the Ducks his leader this spring.

Oregon wide receiver commit Dillon Mitchell has been a three-star prospect for much of the past year, but has improved his stock in the camp circuit. That steady climb is likely to continue after Wednesday morning’s performance, as the 6-foot-0, 189-pound wideout posted a Nike SPARQ score of 124.41 with a 4.42 40-yard dash.

Just under that score was cornerback Jared Mayden, who is set to announce his college commitment later this week. The 6-foot-0, 198-pound four-star prospect ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, posted a vertical leap of 35.6 inches and registered a 4.11-second agility time, which places him in the 99th percentile, to earn a score of 120.78.

Oregon is believed to be Mayden’s leader, but Alabama, Ohio State and Texas are all lurking.

Four-star linebacker Camilo Eifler, another Ducks target set to commit later this week, posted a Nike Football rating of 120.03, highlighted by 99 percentile performances in the vertical leap (40.2 inches), power toss (41 feet) and peak power (8540 watts). 

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound prospect is expected to commit to Washington, but Oregon appears to be second as decision day nears.

Tyrie Cleveland, a 4-star wide receiver who is uncommitted, posted the morning’s top score with a 147.96.

Last year’s champion, Kirk Merritt, an Oregon signee, scored 148.83.

The top individual event showing came from 6-foot-2, 205-pound USC wide receiver commit Josh Imatorbhebhe, who posted a stunning vertical leap of 47.1 inches:

The top 10 Nike Football scores on the day compete later this afternoon for the title of Nike Football national champion.

*Media members are not allowed to interview players until the end of the day, so they were not made available for comment 

— Andrew Nemec
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