Dotting the ‘Eyes: Tyjon Lindsey, Tate Martell get dinged up, 5-star drops Buckeyes, Tyreke Smith visits
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Martell, Lindsey dinged up in Bishop Gorman scrimmage
The 2016 high school football season is upon us and although a number of schools have opened their seasons officially – most begin next Friday – scrimmages all around the country over the weekend helped shed some light on what to expect this year.
If Friday’s contest between Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and Liberty is any indicator, you should prepare for a physical season, especially for the Gaels, who are the country’s third-ranked team. The bullseye is on their backs already and Tyjon Lindsey, a 5-star prospect ranked as the country’s fifth-best wide receiver, took the brunt of a big – and dirty – hit on Friday night.
Tough break for Tyjon Lindsey in 1st game back with BG. Injured shoulder on this play. Hopefully nothing serious. pic.twitter.com/39QSgPo41K
— Ryan Swartz (@Swartz27) August 20, 2016
Rumors began swirling after the contest that Lindsey – who just transferred back to Bishop Gorman from Corona (Calif.) Centennial – could miss significant time with a shoulder injury, but he told Landof10.com that was not going to be the case.
“That’s exaggerated,” Lindsey said. “I’ll be fine.”
Lindsey’s quarterback, Tate Martell, also got dinged up during the contest.
“I sprained my ankle a little bit,” Martell said. “But I’ll be all good for this weekend.”
This weekend Bishop Gorman opens their regular season up by traveling to Texas to take on the country’s fourth-ranked team, Cedar Hill. You can watch that game live on ESPN2 on Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.
As an aside, Tyjon Lindsey will be making his college announcement tomorrow – Monday – though there is no specific time for his commitment video to be released. Ohio State is the favorite.
2018 athlete Tyreke Smith checks out Buckeyes practice
One of Ohio’s top 2018 athletes was on campus with the Buckeyes on Saturday. Cleveland Heights tight end/defensive Tyreke Smith made the drive south to Columbus and spent the morning hanging out with Ohio State’s coaches and team as they had their final day of fall camp. The Buckeyes impressed Smith with their intensity.
“The tempo that they get things done,” Smith said when asked what stood out to him about this trip to Ohio State. “Everyone is always moving around. I had a chance to watch the scrimmage and get a feel of how a college practice is.”
Smith had planned to be at Friday Night Lights with the Buckeyes a month ago, but was in California participating in AAU basketball tournament. This visit allowed him a chance to get some needed face time with Ohio State’s coaches.
“The visit was great,” he said. “I got a chance to get to know the coaches better and to see more of the campus. I spent time with (running backs coach) Tony Alford, (tight ends coach) Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton.”
Smith plays both ways for Cleveland Heights and right now the Buckeyes aren’t sure where they see him lining up. They’re watching both and that’s a good thing for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete since he’s not played football since the seventh grade. He’s getting himself back into the swing of things and even though he holds double-digit offers (including Penn State and others) he knows why the Buckeyes are waiting.
“It’s good to be playing football again,” he said. “I love it, the hitting, catching, etc. I’m playing both ways this year and they want a chance to get to see me play, to see my tape and see how I do at both positions.”
5-star running back Ricky Slade releases Top 5
Ohio State has a commitment from one of the country’s top 2018 running backs – Tampa 4-star Brian Snead – and they’re right in the thick of things for 5-star Columbus native Jaelen Gill, so that’s likely why right now they’re not in the mix for Woodbridge (Va.) 5-star Ricky Slade, who released a Top 5 list on Saturday.
TOP 5️⃣??… pic.twitter.com/mMarw1UJdR
— 3️⃣ (@TheSlade_Era) August 20, 2016
Slade’s former high school teammate, Matt Burrell, is a redshirt freshman at Ohio State and the C.D. Hylton running back has been a big Buckeyes fan for years, but the focus on Gill may be preventing Urban Meyer and his coaching staff from putting too much time into the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Slade, who is the country’s top-ranked all-purpose running back in 2018.
“(Ricky) loves Ohio State,” one source close to Slade’s recruitment told Landof10. “They’ve just not been communicating with him much and we can respect that, Jaelen Gill can ball.”
Of course, the Buckeyes don’t have Gill in their 2018 class yet, even if he’s expected to end up at Ohio State eventually. If something weird happens along the way with Gill, there’s still plenty of time for them to get back in touch with Slade as he doesn’t plan to make a decision until signing day 2018.
Big season of visits on tap for L’Christian Smith
Ohio’s top 2018 wide receiver, Wayne (Huber Heights) 4-star L’Christian “Blue” Smith will be a busy, busy guy this fall.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Smith is the country’s 81st-ranked prospect and he has one of the busiest travel schedules for a high school junior that these eyes have ever witnessed.
— Błå° (@bluesmith_) August 19, 2016
As you can see, Smith – who holds a Buckeyes offer – plans to be at Ohio State twice this fall, including for their season opener against Bowling Green in two weeks.
This summer, Smith has been all over the world traveling for basketball tournaments and football camps, including a trip to Australia. He’s one of the country’s best two-sport athletes and at this point has to have more frequent flyer miles than any other teenager in the United States.