The Opening: SicEm17 Competes Together, Strives For Nation’s No. 1 Class

The Opening is a high school football camp held once a year in Beaverton, Oregon. The camp is used as a showcase for some of the nations top-ranked recruits. From July 5- 10, a few of the top recruits from UGA’s 2017 class (aka SicEm17) were brought together in Oregon to compete in The Opening.

Those recruits included QB Jake Fromm, S Richard LeCounte III, CB William Poole III, WR Trey Blount, OLB Jaden Hunter, OL D’Antne Demery and the two most recent commits, RB Toneil Carter and OL Andrew Thomas. Carter and Thomas both announced their commitment to UGA while at The Opening over the weekend. With the addition of the two four-stars, UGA’s recruiting class moved up to second in the nation, passing Alabama and trailing only Ohio State.

Adding Carter and Thomas to the class was very special for SicEm17 but, according to Poole, this was no surprise; the pre-existing members of the class already knew.

While at The Opening, players are given ratings based on their 40-yard-dash, 20-yard pro agility shuttle, kneeling powerball toss, and vertical jump. Pace Academy WR and UGA commit Blount led the class with a rating of 123.66, followed by Poole at 121.08, Thomas at 101.52, Hunter at 98.76, Carter at 97.71, Fromm at 81.06, and Demery at 68.64.

Libery County’s LeCounte III had a phenomenal week. He performed so well that he was named to the All-Tournament Team according to the coaches at The Opening. LeCounte III is a 4-star safety coming in as the second best safety in the class according to 247sports.

For the members of SicEm17, this was a very important week as the group not only grew in size, but it was also the first time they had competed with each other. “It was great being out there with the same guys you’ll be on the next level with,” Poole III said. “I learned a lot about these other guys’ game and I think every single person will do great things on the next level.”

The journey is far from over for SicEm17 as they strive to do something that has never happened before, give UGA the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation (team recruiting rankings came about in 2002; UGA’s highest finish in the rankings was No. 3 in 2002).

“We’re working and building this brotherhood even stronger. Our goal is No. 1 in the nation and we’ll make it happen,” Poole said.

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