Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Tyjon Lindsey preps for surgery
The latest in a long line of Ohio State commitments facing a season-ending injury, 4-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey tweeted earlier this week that he’s scheduled for surgery.
Surgery scheduled for November 29th!
I'm excited to get better so I can show the world how much more I have in me. #GoBucks
— T-WAYNE (@tyjonlindsey) November 15, 2016
Lindsey’s senior season has not gone according to plan. He suffered a broken collarbone in Bishop Gorman’s final preseason scrimmage in late August and missed five weeks. Then, after playing two games, he tore his meniscus, ending his season at the Las Vegas school.
Trevon Grimes, the Buckeyes other big-time wideout commitment, is on crutches after his own knee surgery in the middle of October.
2018 tight end lists Ohio State in Top 8 schools
It’s likely that Ohio State will not sign a tight end (they’d be thrilled to land California 4-star prospect Josh Falo) in its 2017 class. Because of that, there’s been an increased focus on the position for 2018. The top targets seem to be New York’s Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio’s Trenton Gillison and Pennsylvania’s Zack Kuntz.
Kuntz, ranked as the country’s top tight end, released his top eight schools Wednesday on Twitter. Ohio State made the cut.
Top 8❗️ pic.twitter.com/pwR3XWT31B
— Zack Kuntz (@zackkuntz_717) November 16, 2016
Kuntz last visited Ohio State for Friday Night Lights in late July. He has 15 offers to his name, including every school in his top eight (with the exception of Stanford, as noted.) The Buckeyes have tried unsuccessfully to recruit tight ends from Pennsylvania recently, including a pair of them in the 2016 class (USC freshman Cary Angeline and Florida State’s Naseir Upshur).
A 6-foot-8, 215-pound tight end, Kuntz missed half of his junior season at Camp Hill (Pa.) because of a foot injury. He caught 11 passes for 197 yards in six games and was named all-conference at defensive end, where he notched 56 tackles, including six sacks.
Jackson Carman is a freak
If you wonder why Fairfield (Ohio) 2018 offensive tackle Jackson Carman has become a Top-10 player nationally over the last year, wonder no more.
This kid, at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, is an absolute mauler.
Carman’s reach and footwork make him an exceptional talent in any class. When you consider he’s got another season of high school football ahead of him, there’s no doubt why he’s become the offensive lineman of record for the Buckeyes in 2018. Urban Meyer and his coaching staff have made him their highest priority, much like they did with Josh Myers in the 2017 class.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell ends his recruitment
Early in this recruiting cycle, Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a 4-star prospect in the class of 2017, was wide open with his choices. An early offer from Ohio State – combined with Kerry Coombs’ handling of his recruitment – made the Buckeyes a real option for the 6-foot-tall, 180-pound defensive back.
As the Buckeyes class began to fill up and big names like Jeffrey Okudah, Bubba Bolden and others emerged, things slowed down considerably with Kelly-Powell. Always a Michigan fan first and foremost, Kelly-Powell committed to the Wolverines on Tuesday.
— Jaylen Kelly-Powell™ (@JKellypowell) November 15, 2016
The country’s 21st-ranked safety told Land of 10’s Michigan recruiting expert, Brandon Justice, why the Wolverines were the right fit for him.
“I had to go back to my principles that I started off with (education, football fit, social fit, compete for rings, life after football),” Kelly-Powell said. “My final schools all checked those boxes. But Michigan stood out for football fit. I love playing the nickel position. And the viper position at Michigan allows me to do what I do best. That was the deciding factor. My relationship with current players and recruits played a big role also.”
Congrats to Jaylen. He’s one of the finest kids I’ve ever covered in recruiting and a class act all the way around. He’s the type of person and player that will be a success in life no matter what happens on the field.
Thad Matta talked on Wednesday afternoon about his two 2017 basketball signees.
On forward Kaleb Wesson:
“I’m elated to have him. I think he is a big-time post player. I think when you look at his skill level, he’s as skilled as anybody as I’ve seen in a long time with his hands, his feet. He steps out, he shoots, he’s an unbelievable passer out of the post and he’s a winner. The job that (Westerville South) coach (Ed) Calo has done with him, watching and recruiting (Ohio State freshman forward and Kaleb’s brother, Andre Wesson) and Kaleb — that kid’s getting coached every day. So I’m excited for that.”
On point guard Braxton Beverly:
“He’s one of those guys that when he gets off the bus, you better guard him. Because he can flat out shoot the basketball. His ability to play off pick-and-roll, he’s an unbelievable passer. He’s got the ability that if you don’t go over (the screen), he’ll step back and shoot it. Ultra competitive too, a great kid. … I think what he can bring to the table in terms of stretching a defense, but he also gets inside a defense and he’s got a good mid-range game.”
Check out the full video of Matta’s news conference in the link above.