We've talked a lot about The Opening here on Roar Lions Roar over the past few weeks, and for good reason. Two of Penn State's verbal commitments in the 2018 class, wide receiver Justin Shorter and all-purpose back Ricky Slade, were two of the most outstanding players in attendance, creating highlight after highlight and dominating the 7-on-7 tournament.
We already know that Shorter has elevated to five-star status on 247Sports thanks to his weekend, but now the pair has earned another honor, as well. As a result of their efforts, they were each named to the All-Offense First Team from The Opening finals, as well as the MVPs at their individual positions.
Slade made his presence known early on in the event, by juking a linebacker into another dimension in the cat and mouse drill.
Penn State commit Ricky Slade Jr. juked a linebacker and celebrated with a flip at The Opening! pic.twitter.com/MalF11Yzic— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 2, 2017
Shorter was a beast in the individual drills, too, but was also an unstoppable force during the tournament.
Justin Fields with a dime to Justin Shorter. pic.twitter.com/N9eCo0epen— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) July 3, 2017
Former Penn State commit and current target quarterback Justin Fields was named to the first team as well, and was named the Elite 11 MVP.
Tight end Jeremy Ruckert and running back Jaelen Gill were also named to the first team. Gill is an Ohio State commit, and Ruckert is expected to announce his Buckeye pledge this weekend.