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Shaun Wade shines vs. IMG, still says he’s 100 percent to Ohio State
During a big game (that his team lost) against IMG Academy on Friday night, Ohio State’s longest-tenured commitment, Florida’s Shaun Wade, showed the country why he’s one of the most sought-after prospects in the 2017 class. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback put on a show on offense and defense, recording an interception vs. Texas A&M commitment Kellen Mond and adding two receiving touchdowns for good measure, including this one where he burned another Ohio State commitment, Isaiah Pryor, for the score.
— D1 Gridiron (@D1Gridiron) October 22, 2016
After that touchdown, Wade caught social media’s attention by flashing an “O-H” to the crowd and Pryor. Following the game, he once again said what the Buckeyes and their fans want to hear.
5-star DB Shaun Wade says he's still 100% committed to Ohio State despite taking visits to other schools.
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) October 22, 2016
Of course there’s still the little matter of Alabama looming in the background, confident that it absolutely is going to steal the country’s third-ranked cornerback from Ohio State when he decides to make his “final” college choice.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian 5-star prospect will visit Ohio State officially the weekend of Nov. 5, and there is some chance that could be his final official visit, meaning he would not make another trip to Alabama before a final decision is made. Why? This weekend Wade retook his ACT, and that caused him to miss the Crimson Tide’s game against Texas A&M. The only other game he’d be able to make it to Tuscaloosa for is a Nov. 26 matchup with Auburn. That weekend was the original date of Wade’s Ohio State official, but because of family travel (it’s Thanksgiving weekend), he was not going to be able to make it. So if he gets to Alabama that weekend, it will be solo.
I’ve said a number of times that, from my vantage point, Wade seems to really want to stay with Ohio State. I think that’s where his “heart” is in this decision, and his father Randy has told us previously that the Buckeyes coaching staff is where he and his family have the best relationships. The reason Alabama is involved is simply because it’s Alabama and it’s a little bit closer to home. But — and I’ll underscore this point — Wade didn’t remain a commit to Ohio State for almost two years for no reason. It’s where he’s wanted to be.
Either way, this fight isn’t over.
Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey talk unique bond and the future
Two of Ohio State’s top-ranked commitments — 4-star QB Tate Martell and 5-star WR Tyjon Lindsey — have been friends, and in some ways brothers, since they were 13 years old and living in southern California. Now seniors at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, the talented twosome are on the verge of winning a third straight national championship and completing their third straight undefeated season with the Gaels before they head to Columbus and don the Buckeyes uniform.
On Thursday, the two met with CBS Sports legend Tom Lemming to talk about their friendship, what brought them to Bishop Gorman, Lindsey’s recent injury that will require season-ending surgery and more.
“I model my game after DeSean Jackson,” Lindsey told Lemming. “But not only him, De’Anthony Thomas, when I grow up, I want to be just like those guys.”
Martell, the country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback, also was asked about players he tries to emulate on the field.
“I try and model my game after Russell Wilson, being able to pass first and run second,” Martell said. “I think that’s what I’ve done since I’ve been at Bishop Gorman.”
Check out the full video above.
Another Ohio State commit injured … again
The M.A.S.H. unit that is Ohio State’s 2017 commitment list added another member on Friday night. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio) quarterback and 4-star athlete Brendon White, who already missed a game three weeks ago with an ankle injury, left Friday night’s game against Olentangy Orange in the first quarter. He returned briefly, then missed the second half of his senior night.
— Football Friday Nite (@NBC4FFN) October 21, 2016
White’s injury, to his right ankle, led to street clothes and a walking boot in the second half, according to people in attendance at the game.
Liberty won the game 20-13 in double overtime behind third-string quarterback A.J. Smith.
Danny Clark makes the move to Kentucky
In a move that was surprising only in its timing, former Buckeyes commitment Danny Clark — a 3-star quarterback in the 2017 class — has committed to the University of Kentucky. Clark visited Lexington two weeks ago, and the rumors were that he committed to the Wildcats before he left campus, though he waited until Saturday morning to announce it.
— 6 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 22, 2016
Clark committed to Ohio State in December 2013, when he was offered by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and then-offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Over the last three seasons — the first at Massillon Washington High School and the last two at Akron’s Archbishop Hoban — Clark has rounded out his game and won a state championship, but his fit within the Ohio State offense became less and less clear.
The country’s 18th-ranked pro-style quarterback, Clark is one of the hardest-working kids I’ve covered, and the fit for him and the Wildcats is a good one. Congrats to Danny and his family on the decision.