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Another Ohio State commitment is done for the season
It’s been a wild few months for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 5-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey.
After transferring to Corona (Calif.) Centennial last January for family reasons, Lindsey decided to head back to Las Vegas before the start of his senior season, arriving at Bishop Gorman prior to the start of the Gaels final preseason scrimmage. That night, his first time back in the lineup for Bishop Gorman, Lindsey broke his collarbone, which caused him to miss the first five weeks of the season.
Now, after three weeks back in the lineup, Lindsey’s high school career is over after.
Just like that my season is over… It's been a loooooong journey of 4 years playing varsity football, but it has been cut short for me.
— T-WAYNE (@tyjonlindsey) October 21, 2016
Sources on the West Coast indicated the Lindsey had not been practicing as of last week and that he was noticeably limping during Bishop Gorman’s game against Spring Valley on Oct. 7. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Lindsey talked about the injury – a torn meniscus that will require surgery – with MyLVSports.com.
Lindsey’s counterpart in the Buckeyes recruiting class, 5-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes, had surgery to repair a torn ACL earlier this week.
Update on J.K. Dobbins remains encouraging
It’s looking more and more like J.K. Dobbins – Ohio State’s 2017 running back commitment – will not play again this season at La Grange (Texas) High School as he recovers from a broken leg suffered on the first play of his senior season. Despite the injury, which likely prevented Dobbins from breaking an Austin-area record for career rushing yards, Dobbin told Rick Cantu of the Austin American-Statesman that he’s staying positive.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Maybe God was trying to prevent something even worse from happening to me.”
That definitely was not always the case, according to his coach with the Jaguars, Matt Kates.
“There was a grieving process (for Dobbins) after the injury happened,” Kates said. “He worked his tail off in the summer.”
Though Dobbins’ injury was serious, it has not stopped Urban Meyer and Ohio State from going all in on the 5-foot-10, 200-pound tailback in this recruiting cycle. In fact, Meyer has gone a step further, comparing his future running back to one of the greatest to ever don the scarlet and gray, Ezekiel Elliott, a week after he broke his leg.
“Coach Meyer said I was better than Zeke when he was my age,” Dobbins said.
As mentioned on Wednesday night, the country’s top-ranked all-purpose running back will make his official visit to Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ Nov. 5 home game against Nebraska.
Ohio State targets across multiple classes making important visits this weekend
While the Buckeyes are playing a big game in a big-time environment at Penn State this weekend, a number of their top remaining targets in the 2017 recruiting class – as well as some key recruits in the 2018 class – will be making important visits elsewhere, including to Penn State. Let’s take a look at the names to watch this weekend, starting with those who will be on hand to see the Nittany Lions take on the Buckeyes.
- 2017 • WR • Jaylen Harris • Cleveland Heights • Ohio • ★★★★
- 2017 • DB • Lamont Wade • Clairton • Pennsylvania • ★★★★
- 2017 • DT • Corey Bolds • Paramus Catholic • New Jersey • ★★★
- 2018 • DE • Micah Parsons • Harrisburg • Pennsylvania • Committed to Penn State • ★★★★★
- 2018 • RB • Ricky Slade • CD Hylton • Virginia • ★★★★★
- 2018 • WR • Shaquon Anderson-Butts • Harrisburg • Pennsylvania • ★★★★
- 2018 • TE • Jeremy Ruckert • Lindenhurst • New York • ★★★★
- 2018 • OL • Juice Scruggs • Erie Cathedral Prep • Pennsylvania • ★★★★
- 2018 • OL • Blaine Scott • Portsmouth East • Ohio • ★★★
- 2018 • DT • Aeneas Hawkins • Archbishop Moeller • Ohio • ★★★
- 2018 • DE • Tyreke Smith • Cleveland Heights • Ohio • ★★★★
- 2018 • DE • Alex Reigelsperger • Huber Heights Wayne • Ohio • ★★★
- 2018 • DE • Dorian Hardy • St. Joseph Regional • New Jersey • ★★★★
- 2018 • LB • Dallas Gant • Toledo St. John’s • Ohio • ★★★★
- 2018 • DB • Isheem Young • Imhotep Institute • Pennsylvania • ★★★★
- 2018 • DB • Marcus Hooker • New Castle • Pennsylvania • ★★★
- 2018 • DB • Kwantel Raines • Aliquippa • Pennsylvania • ★★★★
If the visitor’s list at Penn State looks insane to you, then you may want to avoid looking at this list of expected visitors at Alabama for its game with No. 6 Texas A&M. As a reminder, these are only the player that have a shared interest in the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes, because there are a lot more names than this heading to Tuscaloosa.
- 2017 • RB • Cam Akers • Clinton • Mississippi • ★★★★★
- 2017 • OL • Trey Smith • Jackson • Tennessee • ★★★★★
- 2017 • LB • Baron Browning • Kennedale • Texas • ★★★★★
- 2018 • RB • Zamir White • Scotland County • North Carolina • ★★★★★
- 2018 • OL • Jackson Carman • Fairfield • Ohio • ★★★★★
- 2018 • DE • Xavier Thomas • Florence • South Carolina • ★★★★★
- 2018 • DB • Josh Proctor • Owasso • Oklahoma • ★★★★
- 2019 • LB • Owen Pappoe • Grayson • Georgia • ★★★★
- 2017 • DT • Jay Tufele • Bingham • Utah • ★★★★
Ohio State has had only one official visitor this season, 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones during its game vs. Indiana, and will crank up the visitors lists next week. But for now, the recruiting focus remains away from Ohio.
Three Ohio State commitments on TV
If you’re feeling like watching some future Buckeyes on the television Friday evening, then I’m happy to provide you with this little nugget of good news: three Ohio State commitments will live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
— P Kirk‼️ (@Parker_Kirkmyer) October 19, 2016
All three future Buckeyes – Marcus Williamson and Isaiah Pryor for IMG and Shaun Wade for Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian (provided Wade ends up not flipping to Alabama, which is possible, of course) are defensive backs, so you’ve got no excuse for turning off the game at all. They’ll always be on the field.
Unless otherwise noted, all rankings come courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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