Cibolo Steele safety Caden Sterns committed to LSU as a junior. (Mike Craven)


Defensive backs lead the charge of Texans during The Opening Final

Posted July 4th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Texas commit Caden Sterns was the best player from the Lone Star State during Monday's The Opening Final.
  • More than half of the 14 Texans in attendance reached the championship game of The Opening Final.
  • Yoakum's Joshua Moore was the best offensive player from Texas during Monday's 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Opening ended Monday night and the championship game of the 7-on-7 tournament possessed a Texas flair.

Nine of the 14 Texans in attendance reached the final game of the week with Mach Speed, which included Texas commitments B.J. Foster and Caden Sterns, as well as Texas A&M pledge Leon O’Neal, taking home the title.

Day One of the competition was dominated by defensive players, and Day Two proved to be the same:


1. Caden Sterns, safety, Cibolo Steele

Fab 55 ranking4th

It was another solid day for the Texas pledge. Sterns proved his versatility at The Opening against elite competition. He spent most of his time at safety, where his range and instincts make him one of the top patrolling safeties in the nation. Sterns covers a lot of ground when tracking a ball and is rarely caught out of position. He also showed a knack for big plays throughout the tournament, coming up with interceptions in nearly every game. There isn’t a shortage of star defensive backs from Texas in the 2018 class, especially at safety. Sterns made his case to become the top-rated safety in the state with a consistently strong effort for the championship team.

Texas A&M commit Leon O’Neal performed at The Opening Final. (Mike Craven)

2. Leon O’Neal, safety, Houston Cypress Springs

Fab 55 ranking: 29th

O’Neal was another safety on the championship team that make an impact. The Aggies commit can play close to the line of scrimmage against slot receivers and tight ends or patrol the deep-third as a safety. O’Neal is best when he’s allowed to cover receivers in a 1-on-1 setting and he made play after play for his team during the early games Monday. He didn’t make the highlight interceptions like some of the state’s other defensive backs, but he was consistent in coverage and in the right spot most of the time. For a safety known more for his physical prowess than his coverage skills, O’Neal showed improvement against the pass on the biggest stage of the offseason.

3. D’Shawn Jamison, cornerback, Houston Lamar

Fab 55 ranking: 35th

Jamison will move up the Fab 55 rankings when the new list come out before the start of the 2017 season. Jamison was the best nickel corner at The Opening in two straight days of 7-on-7 competition. Jamison is physical despite a lack of height and he’s quick enough to run with nearly every wide receiver in the nation. Jamison lived around the football again Monday, unofficially leading the tournament in pass deflections. He’s down to TCU and Texas with a tentatively planned announce date of mid-August.

4. Joshua Moore, wide receiver, Yoakum

Fab 55 ranking: N/A

Moore, a Nebraska pledge who spent some of the offseason at IMG Academy in Florida, is back at Yoakum for his senior season and showed flashes of what made him one of the more intriguing juniors during the 2016 state playoffs. He helped lead Yoakum to a state title game berth with his play-making ability on both sides of the football. He’ll play wide receiver in college and made an impact throughout Monday’s slate of games. Moore is a silky route-runner who never looks in a hurry while he glides past defensive backs. His twin brother Jordan is committed to Texas A&M.

5. B.J. Foster, safety, Angleton

Fab 55 ranking: 2nd

It was a frustrating eight months for Foster as he recovered from a knee injury. He missed the last half of the high school season and every elite camp leading into The Opening Final. He was back in action over the weekend and played the majority of snaps at safety for the championship team. Foster showed some rust during 1-on-1 drills Saturday, but he regained form during 7-on-7 play, posting his best performance of the event during its last day of competition.