Dotting the ‘Eyes: Key recruits with injuries, Torrance Gibson’s situation could impact recruiting, Chase Young all over again and more
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Lindsey injury will keep him out for a few more games
The country’s fifth-ranked wide receiver, Ohio State commitment Tyjon Lindsey, may miss a few more games with an injured clavicle, according to the fine folks at MaxPreps.com.
Five-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey broke his collarbone during a scrimmage last Friday and will be out for six weeks, according to sources close to the Gorman program.
It could be a big blow for the Gaels’ national title hopes.
While No. 3 Bishop Gorman didn’t need Lindsey to dispatch the country’s fifth-ranked team, Cedar Hill (Texas), on Saturday night, they’re certainly not out of the woods when it comes to their challenging schedule. This weekend, the Gaels – including Ohio State commitments Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett – will host Cocoa (Fla.) and then they’ll travel to No. 7 St. John’s Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) on Sept. 9.
If you’re hoping to see Lindsey this season, your first real chance appears to be on Sept. 30 when Bishop Gorman welcomes Buckeyes commitment Trevon Grimes and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) for a huge national matchup that does have national title implications, even with the Raiders’ shocking loss to Miami’s Booker. T. Washington on Friday night.
Perhaps we can have a rematch of the 5-stars’ dodgeball game at midfield?
Can Buckeyes duplicate Chase Young success with Xavier Thomas?
When Chase Young committed to the Buckeyes at Friday Night Lights in July, it was the culmination of more than a year of hard work for Larry Johnson Sr. and Ohio State. Johnson identified Young early and – using the connections he had gained through his years of relationships in Maryland – narrowed in on him as the defensive end that the Buckeyes wanted in 2017. That focus was evident to Young, who told Landof10.com in July that he felt he was more “wanted” by Ohio State than by other programs that were recruiting him.
“It definitely makes me feel that Ohio State just wants me more,” Young said of knowing he’s a priority for the Buckeyes. “I don’t know if that means they have a better chance, because at the end of the day it’s about what’s right for me. But it does make me feel like they want me a lot.”
It clearly did mean the Buckeyes had a better shot as he committed to Ohio State just three weeks later. Now, as the Buckeyes turn their defensive end focus to 2018, there’s a new top player at the position and they’re hoping the same approach pays dividends again.
“There’s that same kind of early thing with Xavier Thomas,” one source close to Ohio State shared, referencing Chase Young. “He knows how much he’s wanted by the staff and he knows that he’s absolutely the priority at the position.”
Can the Buckeyes pull the country’s top defensive player from the jaws of Clemson and South Carolina? The 5-star defensive lineman hails from Florence (S.C.) and has offers from every school that matters.
“It’s all about getting him back on campus again,” the source said. “If we can get him to visit – maybe with his family like Chase Young – then, yeah (Ohio State), is right in the mix, near the top.”
Why you keep recruiting no matter what
There are always questions being asked about “Why, if the Buckeyes have Player X committed, are they still looking at Player Y?”
If the last few days haven’t answered that question for you, perhaps nothing ever will. Tyjon Lindsey’s injury should be a simple one and a quick recovery, but you never know.
Running back J.K. Dobbins, a 4-star prospect from Texas, injured his ankle on Friday and although he’s in an upbeat mood about his own recovery, there are some rumblings that he may end up losing his entire senior season.
Ohio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson was suspended by the university – announced Monday – and the former Top 100 prospect may never play a single snap for the Buckeyes if he decides to leave the school permanently. He’s one of the school’s most electric athletes and a player who has drawn rave reviews when he’s been able to go full speed in practice, and he may never touch the field in a regular-season game.
That’s why Ohio State, and any recruiting staff worth their weight, keeps their nose to the grindstone and watches the players who fit their system no matter what. That’s why even though Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey are committed, you keep working with Jaylen Harris, the 4-star wideout from Cleveland, even if you’re not sure where his spot comes from. That’s why you keep recruiting Cam Akers, because the 5-star running back from Mississippi is a great fit for the program and because running backs don’t just grow on trees.
Kyle Young picks Butler over Buckeyes
It was a pretty good weekend for the Buckeyes basketball program. On Saturday, Thad Matta’s program added two key pieces of its future when 2018 stars Justin Ahrens and Darius Bazley committed together, but on Monday a potential 2017 recruit opted for the Butler Bulldogs over Ohio State.
Proud to announce that I will be a bulldog!? pic.twitter.com/oYBKpVsc8D
— Kyle Young (@kyleyoung3144) August 29, 2016
That is Massillon (Ohio) Jackson small forward Kyle Young, the country’s 81st-ranked 2017 prospect and the 17th-ranked player at his position. Young was offered by the Buckeyes in May as Ohio State was reeling from a trio of freshmen transfers and though they did offer, it appears that Butler was able to create a stronger bond with more time invested into the 6-foot-6, 205-pound prospect.
The commitment of Bazley, who plays a similar position to Young, may have also played a role, as the Massillon star was initially scheduled to make an official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 9 prior to making a decision. That visit no longer seems likely.