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Looks like Tyjon Lindsey is back and ready to go
The country’s top-ranked high school football team appears to be close to getting one of its top offensive weapons back on the field, maybe as soon as this weekend.
— T. (@tyjonlindsey) September 15, 2016
Tyjon Lindsey, a 5-star prospect at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), broke his collarbone in a preseason scrimmage and has yet to play a game for the undefeated Gaels this season. The return of the country’s fifth-ranked wide receiver is something his quarterback, and fellow Ohio State commitment, Tate Martell has been looking forward to.
When we get Tyjon (Lindsey) and Biaggio, and I think they should be 100 percent back against St Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 30, we are going to be very hard to stop offensively.
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) September 15, 2016
It’s uncertain how much – if any – playing time Lindsey will get this weekend against No. 17 Kahuku (Hawaii), but the future Zone Six member certainly appears glad to be back to work.
Recruiting Ohio won’t be easy for anyone, according to Zach Smith
On Thursday night, the University of Houston, led by the Fighting Tom Hermans, kicks off a big game at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium against Tommy Tuberville’s Bearcats. The matchup will feature two teams that are being regularly discussed as potential additions to the Big 12, a move that would be very important for each school. Entering a Power Five conference is the goal and with it comes a chance to increase recruiting pull across the country.
For Cincinnati to ever be able to compete with the Buckeyes on the recruiting front, getting into a major conference is a big first step, but it’s hardly a guarantee for success. If the Buckeyes are worried about the Bearcats, or anyone else moving into their recruiting territory, they’re not showing it. In fact, Zach Smith, Ohio State’s wide receivers coach, seemed to encourage it on Wednesday night during a conversation with the media.
“They could join the SEC for all I care. It will bring more recognition to Ohio,” Smith said of Cincinnati joining a major conference. “I mean, that should happen, I think that’d be great.”
Beyond that, the Buckeyes are pretty confident that their footing in Ohio is secure.
“I mean, for someone to beat us in the state of Ohio, it’s going to take a lot,” Smith added. “Whoever goes to whatever conference, to whatever they do, they’ve got an uphill battle to beat us in this state for sure.”
But Notre Dame sure as heck is going to try
While Ohio State is heading to Oklahoma for its biggest game thus far in the 2016 season, a number of the Buckeye State’s top prospects are heading to South Bend, Ind., to watch Notre Dame host Michigan State in a huge game for the Irish and the Spartans.
Last weekend, Ohio’ top 2018 prospect, 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman, visited Notre Dame and he’ll return this weekend, a key second trip as the Irish look to challenge Ohio State for his eventual commitment.
Beyond Carman, here is a list of Ohio prep standouts expected at Notre Dame this weekend. As we mentioned Wednesday night, Ohio State 2017 commitment Shaun Wade, a 5-star defensive back from Florida, will also be in attendance. Wade is beginning his official visits with a trip to Notre Dame.
Ohio State targets from Ohio
- 2018 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman • Fairfield
- 2018 4-star linebacker Dallas Gant • Toledo (St. John’s Jesuit)
- 2018 4-star athlete Leonard Taylor • Springfield
- 2018 4-star defensive lineman Malik Vann • Fairfield
- 2018 4-star athlete Tyreke Smith • Cleveland Heights
While the cat’s away …
Breaking down Martell’s early season
Over the summer, there were a lot of skeptics about Ohio State quarterback commitment Tate Martell following a subpar performance at Nike’s The Opening in July. Martell, the country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback, was not at his best during the offseason camp tour but many people cautioned about getting too “down” on Martell for one simple fact: he’s a totally different player when it matters.
Scout.com’s Greg Biggins, a West Coast recruiting analyst who is as familiar with Martell as anyone in the country, has had a chance to watch him through Bishop Gorman’s first three games of 2016 and it seems all that handwringing was, as expected, unwarranted. The Ohio State commitment’s success isn’t always going to be measured by numbers, though.
Two things we’ve always loved about Martell that don’t get enough mention are his toughness and leadership. These are two huge attributes that you have to have in order to succeed at the college level.
Martell’s greatest asset on the field is his demeanor. There isn’t a moment too big for him and he is at his best when the lights are shining the brightest.
In big games and in clutch moments, he always find a way to make the key play to win the game for his team. We’ve been watching him since the seventh grade and it doesn’t matter if it’s 7-on-7 or in pads, Martell’s teams never lose.
Here is video from Scout.com and Martell’s senior season.