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Tyjon Lindsey returns to Bishop Gorman lineup
One of the country’s most dynamic wide receivers – and an Ohio State commitment – is finally back in action after recovering from a broken collarbone suffered before the season began. That’s going to be good news for another Buckeyes commitment, quarterback Tate Martell, though the country’s top-ranked high school team – Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman – doesn’t need much more help.
— Ryan Swartz (@Swartz27) September 24, 2016
That’s not going to stop Martell and the Gaels from being happy to see their 5-star wideout back in action. For the future Ohio State quarterback, it’s like getting back an old security blanket.
“Tyjon had two catches for two touchdowns,” Martell said of the outing. “I feel way more calm with him out there. The offense just becomes way more explosive with him out there.”
His head coach at Gorman, Kenny Sanchez, agreed.
“He adds to our already talented group of offensive weapons we’ve shown the first few weeks,” Bishop Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said. “Any time you can get that much talent back on the field, it’s a great thing.”
Bishop Gorman rolled Bonanza (NV) 42-0 on Friday night and now they will turn their attention to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), who will travel to Las Vegas for a huge, ESPN-televised, game this coming Friday night.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell ‘torn,’ still talking to Buckeyes weekly
Ohio State is very familiar with Detroit Cass Tech High School thanks to the work that Kerry Coombs has done there in the last handful of years and the Buckeyes cornerbacks coach continues to make his presence felt in the Motor City.
Bye Week continues! Gr8 practice today & back on the road! Arrived in the Motor City to plant more flags! #reallyfertilegroundfortheBucks!
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) September 22, 2016
Coombs did make a stop at Cass Tech last week and one of the players he talked with, as usual, was 4-star defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell, the country’s 20th-ranked safety. The message from Coombs to Kelly-Powell is the same as it’s always been. Somehow, someway, they want the 6-foot-tall, 175-pound defensive back in Columbus.
“There’s not much new,” Kelly-Powell told Landof10. “He told me he wants me in the class. We talk every Monday.”
Kelly-Powell’s 247Sports.com Crystal Ball reads 100-percent in the favor of Michigan, but the Detroit star says he’s still considering a number of programs. He’s been to Nebraska and Oregon for official visits already this fall and has visits planned to Wisconsin and Alabama next month. He’s been to Ohio State multiple times and though it’s unlikely he’ll make an official visit to Columbus, he did say he’s hoping to make one more return to see the Buckeyes, perhaps after the season.
For his part, Kelly-Powell says he’s got much to still figure out. Maybe it’s lip service, but he says there’s no accuracy to the reports that he’s a done deal to Michigan.
“That is far from the truth,” he added. “I’m really torn between a few schools.”
We’ve talked in the last week about Yoakum (Texas) 2018 wide receiver Joshua Moore, the country’s 13th-ranked player at his position, who was offered by Ohio State two weeks ago. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wideout wasn’t the only player in his house to get a Buckeyes offer that day, though. His twin brother, Jordan, also picked up an offer from Ohio State.
— Jordan moore✨ (@Jo_moore2) September 15, 2016
Jordan is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back at Yoakum, though he’s not sure what position exactly Ohio State sees him playing.
“They like me as an athlete,” Moore told Landof10. “I was offered by Zach Smith.”
With the Buckeyes offer Moore now has 25 of them and he’s not surprised by the recent attention. This is what he’s worked for.
“I work hard every game,” he said. “I’ve been grinding for several years like this.”
Jordan has a decision date scheduled for December 24, and says he hopes to visit Ohio State before then.
“There’s definitely a chance for Oho State to make an impact,” he said of his recruitment. “I’m hoping we can visit soon.”
Ohio State commitments in action
Ohio State’s top-ranked recruiting class had a number of players back to work on Friday night and, as usual, they excelled for their respective high school teams.
Which commitments had the biggest week? Let’s take a quick look.
- IMG Academy 38, Boyd Anderson 0
- Buckeyes commitments Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson helped the No. 2-ranked Ascenders remain undefeated while earning their first shutout of the season. Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, a Maryland commitment, had four first half sacks. IMG allowed just 75 yards passing.
- Canisius (Buffalo) 55, St. Francis (New York) 13
- Ohio State verbal Blake Haubeil, the country’s top-ranked kicker in the 2017 class, hit on all seven of his extra point attempts and also booted seven kickoffs through the endzone for touchbacks.
- DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 56, St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown) 12
- 5-star defensive end Chase Young continues to dominate his opposition week in and week out. The Ohio State verbal had two sacks for the country’s 4th-ranked team.
- Archbishop Hoban (Akron, OH) 24, St. Vincent’s-St. Mary’s (Akron, OH) 0
- Ohio State commitment Danny Clark had one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown as his Knights rolled their rivals from SVSM.
- Heard County (Franklin, GA) 41, Temple (Ga.) High 0
- Buckeyes 2018 commitment Emory Jones was excellent for the Braves on Friday night, completing 16 of 21 passes for 359 yards and two scores. Jones played just three quarters as Heard County improved to 4-1 on the year.