Dotting the ‘Eyes: Tyjon Lindsey impressed by Emory Jones, Akers narrowing list soon and more
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Tyjon Lindsey impressed by Emory Jones, decision discussion
Ohio State received some great news on Friday when 2018 4-star quarterback Emory Jones committed to the Buckeyes, picking Urban Meyer’s program over Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia and others. The Franklin (Ga.) prospect – like all quarterback commitments – turned some heads with his decision, but not just in the 2018 class.
Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 5-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who is as close to 2017 Buckeyes commitment Tate Martell as anyone could be, still took note.
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Lindsey got a chance to work with Jones in person during the Buckeyes recent Friday Night Lights camp and he told Landof10 that he came away very impressed with the young quarterback. He even gave some credit to the newest Ohio State verbal for his huge performance that night in Ohio Stadium.
“Emory was more consistent than a lot of quarterbacks I’ve seen,” Lindsey said. “He and I were tearing the 1-on-1 stuff apart. Without him throwing me those dimes, I couldn’t have done my part that night.”
So, will those two be teammates in the future? As we stated here following Friday Night Lights, all signs point to yes. Lindsey, the country’s fifth-ranked 2017 wide receiver, is expected to make a college decision on August 22, but he confirmed with Landof10 that there is a chance it could happen sooner.
“I may release it on another day,” Lindsey said. “It’s just a matter of making sure I’m ready.”
The Buckeyes are the 247Sports.com crystal ball leader for Lindsey, owning 82-percent of the predictions for the Southern California star.
Cam Akers breaking down the list soon
As far as the Buckeyes go, there are fewer players left on their 2017 recruiting board that are as talented or as heavily recruited as Clinton (Ms.) 5-star running back Cam Akers. The country’s ninth-ranked prospect and second-ranked tailback, Akers has been to Ohio State twice in the last year and the Buckeyes are, according to his 247Sports.com crystal ball, the leader for his services but – at least publicly – he’s offering no signs that he’s leaning any one direction more than others.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Akers visited Florida State this weekend and told Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger that he’ll be narrowing his list to six or seven schools sometime in the near future, before his school year begins the second week of August. Cutting his list from his two dozen offers to just a handful of schools won’t be difficult, according to Akers.
“It’s not that difficult to trim it down because I know who will make the cut,” Akers said. “Most of the schools who will make the cut know that they will make it.”
Ohio State expects to be on that list, of course, thanks in large part to the efforts of Tony Alford, who has made Akers and his family a priority since the running back’s first visit to Columbus for Friday Night Lights in July of 2015. Ohio State has one running back committed – 4-star Texas running back J.K. Dobbins – and there’s been some talk that if they were to land Akers, Dobbins could begin to seriously look at other schools recruiting him.
There may be a difficult decision upcoming for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Do you keep recruiting Akers and risk Dobbins’ spot in your top-ranked class or do you stand pat with what you have? The odds are better, at least in my opinion, that the Buckeyes end up with neither of the running backs rather than both of them.
Tre Douglas hoping to learn more about Ohio State
When Emory Jones committed to the Buckeyes on Friday, he told Landof10 that he had a few players he’d be trying to bring to Ohio State with him.
“The main guys I’m going after,” Jones told Landof10. “Are (5-star 2018 offensive lineman) Jamaree Salyer, (4-star 2018 cornerback) Tre Douglas and (2017 4-star athlete) Markquese Bell.”
Douglas, a 4-star cornerback from Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.), was offered by the Buckeyes just last Wednesday but told Landof10 that he’s been getting to know one Buckeyes assistant coach for a few months now.
“I’ve been in contact with Kerry Coombs,” Douglas said. “It’s been a solid two or three months now. The offer was very huge for me, it’s special.”
Douglas got his first chance to talk to Urban Meyer recently and he thinks he knows why the Buckeyes decided to pull the trigger on an offer, his sixth. Florida, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have also offered the 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback.
“I talked to Urban Meyer on the phone,” he said. “I honestly think they love my versatility and my ability to play a lot of positions and my relationship with (Kerry) Coombs.”
Of course, it’s not just the Buckeyes coaches that have been in his ears. Emory Jones has already started working to bring Jones along with him.
“He’s been telling me that at Ohio State we will contend for a national championship,” Douglas said when asked what Jones’ message has been for him. “He says that I’ll be on a great path for the NFL draft.”
One recent NFL first-round draft pick, former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, is who Douglas says he models his game after.
“I try to play my game like Eli Apple,” he added. “We’re both long, lengthy corners and I think we have similar skill-sets when the ball is in the air.”
Daniel Bolden begins his recruiting process
If you think all high schools recruits care about their star-rankings, 2018 Colerain (Cincinnati) linebacker Daniel Bolden may surprise you. He was recently named the 265th-best player in the country by ESPN.com and he didn’t even know about it.
“I didn’t even know I was on the list until my older brother Joe texted me and let me know I made it,” Bolden said. “I don’t really ever worry about rankings; but I’m really happy I made the list.”
Joe, as you may know, is a senior-to-be at Michigan. Daniel, 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, is the next in a long line of Boldens to come through Colerain High School. With a Top 300 ranking now under his belt, Dan’s recruiting may start to pick up. He currently holds one offer – from Iowa State – but is hearing from a number of schools.
“I’ve been getting some attention from Notre Dame, Indiana, Oregon, Purdue, and Virginia,” he said. “I didn’t make it to any camps but I plan on going to watch some games this fall.
As far as contact and communication with the “Big Three” in the Big Ten? Bolden, who grew up a Buckeyes fan, says he’s not yet heard much from Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State.
“I’ve received a few letters here and there,” he said. “But nothing too major.”