Justyn Ross and Bo Nix proved why they are two of the state’s top prospects in their respective classes on Sunday at the Atlanta Opening Regional.
The 6-foot-5 Ross, a receiver from Central-Phenix City in the 2018 class, earned an invitation to Nike Football’s The Opening Finals. He was one of six invites among 500 prospects in attendance for the event.
Ross, who earned the invitation despite missing time late in the event with a left ankle injury, is the state’s top prospect. The Opening Finals will be held in Beaverton, Ore., in late June and early July.
Nix, a rising junior and the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix, was named the quarterback MVP of the camp. The positional MVPs don’t automatically earn Opening invites, but Nix has a strong chance to be an Elite 11 performer when he’s a rising senior at this time next year.
Nix transferred from Scottsboro to Pinson Valley when his father took the head coaching job there. He has recently earned offers from Alabama and Georgia.
There was a ton of talent on board with high-profile recruits. It’s surprising that only six players were invited today, but more will come. Last year, 12 were invited from Atlanta on-spot with nine more to follow.
* Justyn Ross, WR, Central-Phenix City: Five-star says he’ll focus on recruiting again when his mother returns from serving our country in Kuwait later this summer.
* Channing Tindall, LB, Columbia, S.C. – Three-star linebacker was also the linebacker MVP and the rating champion with a 4.86 40-yard dash, 4.19 in shuttle, 45-foot heavy ball toss from his knees and a 39.6 vertical jump. Has an Auburn offer, seems to be a South Carolina lean.
* JJ Peterson, LB, Moultrie, Ga. – Four-star linebacker leaning toward Alabama now, per he and his coach Rush Propst. Auburn also in the mix, but he hasn’t narrowed things totally down yet.
* Christian Turner, RB, Buford, Ga. – Three-star recruit’s offers include Miami, N.C. State and Tennessee