How Nebraska can rebound from Tyjon Lindsey’s commitment to Ohio State
There was a time when it really did look like Nebraska had a great chance of signing 5-star WR Tyjon Lindsey.
In the span of three months, Lindsey visited Lincoln twice, once during the Spring Game in April and again in June for Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp. Lindsey also participated in in Nebraska’s satellite camp in Los Angeles in June .
The interest was there. The line was out, the hook was set, but Nebraska just couldn’t reel the No. 5 receiver in the 2017 class, who announced on Monday morning he’ll be attending Ohio State next year.
In Lindsey’s commitment video, Nebraska isn’t even represented.
The loss is a pretty big blow for Nebraska. Lindsey was a top target. Probably one of their main targets for the class. Nebraska currently sits at No. 25 in Scout, No. 33 on 247sports and No. 33 on Rivals for 2017 recruiting class rankings.
They really need a top 25, or top 20, class, and Lindsey’s commitment to Ohio State doesn’t help.
But, there’s still time. And there are still a few big names out there that are heavily interested in the Huskers. If they swing two of these names in their direction, Lindsey going to OSU won’t matter as much.
Picking up Holmes changes everything. Holmes might be the No. 1 target for Nebraska in the 2017 class. The 5-star from Calabasas, California, (same as commits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr.) is the No. 2 corner in the 2017 class, No. 3 prospect out of California and No. 10 overall recruit in the 2017 class. And it’s looking better and better for Nebraska with Holmes. The signing of Gebbia and Johnson Jr. are huge, since those two are some of Holmes’ best friends and will certainly be in Holmes’ ear the next few months at practice. Holmes originally planned on announcing his commitment on June 23 but extended that so he could take his official visits. Nebraska is one of the first on his list. He’ll be in Lincoln on Sept. 17 against Oregon. As former Husker corner Fabian Washington said last week, Holmes would be a giant sign.
The No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class (and No. 1 on some recruiting websites) was in Lincoln watching practice two weeks ago, which was overshadowed a little by wide receiver’s coach Keith Williams’ DUI arrest on Sunday morning. Lewis has not spoken publicly about his visit, but anything Lewis may not have liked about his first visit to Lincoln could be smoothed over when Lewis returns again on Sept. 17 against Oregon. Snagging Lewis would be bigger than if Lindsey committed on Monday. 247sports Crystal Ball predicts Lewis will go to USC, but the 6-foot-1, 204-pound receiver still has at least six months before he commits, so there’s plenty of time.
As it stands, 3-star Jamire Calvin seems like a pretty safe bet for Nebraska. 247sports Crystall Ball predicts a 75 percent chance Calvin commits to Nebraska. He publically squashed rumors he wasn’t going to be visiting Nebraska after Williams’ arrest last week, which is a good sign. Calvin doesn’t have any official visits lined up as of now, but the 5-foot-9, 175-pound LA prospect is leaning hard toward Nebraska and doesn’t seem to be wavering. The 3-star would be a solid addition and doesn’t necessarily replace fully replace Lindsey, but would absolutely not hurt Nebraska’s 2017 class ranking, or team.
Landing Falo is a little more of a long shot than Lewis or Holmes. The 4-star tight end put Nebraksa in his top 10 on Twitter on Aug. 10. Falo is down to Auburn, Alabama, Oregon, Miami, Colorado, Michigan, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA and Nebraska. Falo doesn’t have any official visits lined up this fall but that will certainly change. If Nebraska can get Falo around Lincoln, their chances will certainly go up. Falo has a Big Ten body, 6-foot-5, 227-pounds. He’s not a 5-star like Lindsey, but in a Mike Riley offense a pass-catching tight end could go a long way. Falo would fit that role perfectly.
Chris Heady is a staff writer for Landof10 and covers Nebraska football and recruiting. He’s on Twitter at @heady_chris