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Here's Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins' star-studded The Opening team

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Yes, Trevon Diggs is on the squad.

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In about a week, some of the top football prospects from around the country will descend on Oregon for The Opening, a Nike-sponsored annual event that's turned into one of the year's biggest marks on the recruiting calendar. I get to be there this year, covering the event for SB Nation.

Somewhat unusually there are quite a few names at the event of interest to Maryland fans, including one Dwayne Haskins, the Terrapins' blue-chip QB and landmark of the class. He'll be on Team Super Bad, along with a pair of other Terrapin commitments and some high-value targets.

But first, how the rosters are decided. To keep it simple, Nike holds regional events around the country where prospects compete against each other in various drills, and the best player at each position gets an invitation to The Opening. While the five- and four-star athletes are usually the ones who get the invites, a few under-the-radar prospects always slip through.

A clear example of that is DeMatha's DJ Turner, who was a low three-star prospect committed to Maryland when the DC regional camp happened. After beating out four-star teammate Tino Ellis for a spot at The Opening, he's since become a consensus high three-star, and is even rated a four-star by some services. Turner will join Haskins on Team Super Bad, along with fellow commitment Keandre Jones.

The big Maryland targets on the team: four-star Avalon (Md.) athlete Trevon Diggs and three-star St. John's (D.C.) outside linebacker Aaron Hansford. Imhotep (Penn.) tight end Naseir Upshur is also on the squad, but Maryland appears to be on the outside looking in on his recruitment. DeMatha (Md.) linebacker Shane Simmons is also on the team, but a flip from Penn State is unlikely, to say the least.

Here's Team Super Bad, via 247Sports. Players with Maryland offers are bolded.

Name Class Position School Composite score National ranking Committed
Dylan Moses 2017 OLB University Lab (La.) 1.000 1 LSU
D'Andre Swift 2017 RB St. Joseph's (Penn.) .9936 17
Saivion Smith 2016 CB IMG Academy (Fla.) .9921 11 LSU
Rashard Lawrence 2016 DT Neville (La.) .9900 15
Brandon Jones 2016 S Nacogdoches (Texas) .9873 21
Feleipe Franks 2016 QB Wakulia (Fla.) .9775 45 LSU
Shane Simmons 2016 OLB DeMatha (Md.) .9757 49 Penn State
Sam Bruce 2016 WR St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) .9700 53 Miami
Dwayne Haskins 2016 QB Bullis (Md.) .9649 63 Maryland
Trevon Diggs 2016 ATH Avalon (Md.) .9613 73
Landon Dickerson 2016 OT South Caldwell (N.C.) .9607 74
Stephen Sullivan 2016 WR Donaldsonville (La.) .9535 86 LSU
Erick Fowler 2016 DE Manor (Texas) .9516 91 LSU
Jordan Fuller 2016 ATH Old Tappan (N.J.) .9410 117
Dontavious Jackson 2016 ILB Alief Elsik (Texas) .9402 120
Naseir Upshur 2016 TE Imhotep (Penn.) .9342 139
Keandre Jones 2016 OLB Good Counsel (Md.) .9289 164 Maryland
Khalil Ladler 2016 CB IMG Academy (Fla.) .9162 207
Andraez Williams 2016 CB Calvary Baptist (La.) .9128 220 LSU
Brady Breeze 2016 S Central Catholic (Ore.) .9104 229 Oregon
Brandon McIlwain 2016 QB Council Rock North (Penn.) .9033 259 South Carolina
Bryan Edwards 2016 WR Conway (S.C.) .8944 297 South Carolina
Travis Homer 2016 RB Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) .8930 309 Miami
Sean Pollard 2016 OT Pinecrest (N.C.) .8860 344 Clemson
Darryl Turner 2016 WR DeMatha (Md.) .8835 358 Maryland
Aaron Hansford 2016 OLB St. John's College (D.C.) .8769 405
Caleb Roddy 2016 DE Denham Springs (La.) .8672 506 LSU