Originally Published: July 3, 2013

Linemen class of the class

By RecruitingNation


BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the elite lineman challenge, numerous 7-on-7 games and five college commitments happening on Tuesday, there was plenty to learn at The Opening. Here are four things that stood out on a busy day.

Cam Robinson doesn't need pads

In normal camp settings, the offensive linemen usually have the disadvantage when going against defensive linemen in one-on-one drills. At The Opening, both square off in pads, making it a more even matchup.

During the lineman challenge, the offensive linemen stood out and dominated many of the reps taken. The usual suspects starred, including Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial).

Robinson wasn't in pads because the state of Louisiana's athletic association doesn't allow high school prospects to participate in this event with pads on. That made no difference as the No. 1-ranked tackle dominated one defensive prospect after another.

He is quiet off the field, but says he flips a switch once he puts that helmet on. Robinson flipped that switch several times and made the opposing linemen pay. -- Tom VanHaaren

Recruiting never stops

Florida State four-star linebacker commitment Kain Daub said on Monday he would recruit players for the Seminoles, even if it meant talking to them at Walmart. He lived up to his word Tuesday.

Lorenzo Carter
Miller Safrit/ESPNDefensive end Lorenzo Carter is one of the prospects Kain Daub is aiming to bring to the Noles.

In Daub's sights was five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter of Norcross, Ga. Carter said at one point during seven-on-seven pool play that Daub walked up to him and handed him a phone. On the other end was Florida State assistant Jeremy Pruitt.

"Kain was like, 'Here take this,'" Carter said. "So I take it, and on the other end was Coach Pruitt. Coach Pruitt was like, 'I hear you got some news for me.' I was like 'What?' Coach said that Daub told him I was ready to commit to Florida State. I told him no, and we had a big laugh.

"Man, Kain gets after it. He's serious when he goes after you."

Daub said he is a man of his word and that he takes recruiting for Florida State seriously.

"If it wasn't for other guys that helped recruit me to Florida State, I wouldn't be committed," Daub said. "So I'm doing what I can to help make it happen for FSU."
-- Jeremy Crabtree

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Relief and surprise

By RecruitingNation

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- After Monday's SPARQ testing, the nation's top players were ready for some actual football Tuesday. With a lineman challenge in the morning and 7-on-7 games throughout the afternoon, each player got a chance to see what he could do against top-notch competition. Many of the usual suspects thrived, but there were also some surprises.

10. Brad Kaaya Chaminade (Calif.) College Prep | QB | 6-4, 213

Brad Kaaya
Tom Hauck for Student SportsBrad Kaaya is a Miami commit, but rumors linger he could end up at either UCLA or USC.

Consistency is Kaaya's game. He bolted out of the gate with a strong performance Saturday at the Elite 11 and then showed throughout Sunday's practice why Miami ventured all the way across the country to snag his commitment. He was almost flawless again Monday and then lit up pool play Tuesday. He drew rave reviews with a throw for a two-point conversion on which he lowered his arm to place the ball in a tight space. "He makes the extremely difficult look really easy," coach and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said. -- Jeremy Crabtree

9. Viane Talamaivao Corona (Calif.) Centennial | OG | 6-2, 330

The Alabama commit is tough in the trenches. Talamaivao calls himself a teddy bear off the field, but on the field, he is a different person. "In terms of pure ability, himself and Isaac Seumalo, at Oregon State," offensive line coach LeCharles Bentley said. "Those two guys, in terms of pure offensive line play, they're the purest offensive linemen I've ever seen." -- Tom VanHaaren

Read the full story from RecruitingNation writers in Oregon here Insider

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