How does the commitment of 5-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey impact Ohio State?
Moments ago, Ohio State added another key piece to their highly-ranked recruiting class, bringing another talented prospect in to Urban Meyer’s program. What will their latest verbal bring to Columbus on, and off, the field?
What are they getting from these big new additions? Let’s take a look, starting first with Tyjon Lindsey.
Tyson Lindsay as a football player
He’s explosive, dynamic and impossible to cover one-on-one.
Those are some of the things you’ll hear when you ask someone who has watched Tyjon Lindsey play football for an assessment of his game.
“I think when you watch the tape, it’s almost not even clear as it is when you see him live,” one West Coast source said of Lindsey. “The thing about him is that he’s just so sudden. He’s here, he’s gone. He’s there, he’s gone. He can beat you in so many ways. He’s got great hands and is a really above-average route-runner for his age. If he was a little bit taller he may be the best wide receiver in the country.”
He’s not taller, but he plays like it. Lindsey last visited Ohio State for their Friday Night Lights camp on July 22 and made sure that he worked out in Ohio Stadium, choosing not to rest on his offers and go out and put in work for coaches Zach Smith and Urban Meyer.
“What really impressed me about Lindsey,” said another source, this one close to the Buckeyes, “was that when he came out in July, he just came out and worked. There was no prima donna stuff, no being a ‘star’ or anything like that. He could’ve stayed home — he had major troubles getting to town because of flight issues — or he could’ve just come here to hang out, but he was all over the field that night and proved in person why he’s the perfect fit for the slot in the (Ohio State) offense.”
His role in the 2017 recruiting class
We’ll call Lindsey the first receiver in Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, though he and Grimes have committed together, since he was “supposed” to commit on Monday and Grimes was expected to wait to announce until Wednesday.
Lindsey’s role in this class is perhaps a bit bigger than Grimes and not because he’s better or first, but because he’s decidedly different as a slot receiver than Grimes is as an outside guy. With the signing of Alex Stump, Torrance Gibson, and KJ Hill in 2015 — and Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor in 2016 — it’s been three years since Ohio State brought a guy with this skill set into the program and even that one (Curtis Samuel) was more of a running back than an inside wide receiver. Lindsey has the ability to come in and compete for early playing time in 2017 because of his versatility as a returner, a receiver and his ability to carry the ball out of the backfield, if asked.
The third commitment from national powerhouse Bishop Gorman, Lindsey joins his quarterback, Tate Martell, and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, who committed to Ohio State in June and February, respectively. Ohio State continues its efforts to make the biggest and most talent-rich high schools in the country their priority on the recruiting trail.
The off-the-field, intangible stuff
If there are questions about Lindsey right now, most of them show up off the field. Those questions are, in part, due to a turbulent few months that saw him transfer out of Bishop Gorman in January and head to Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School. The decision to transfer, according to Lindsey, was a result of “personal issues” that required he be back in California with his family rather than in Las Vegas, where he’d been staying with his close friend Martell, and his family, since the eighth grade.
After a busy summer of recruiting combines, camps like Nike’s The Opening and Rivals’ 5-Star Challenge, it was revealed that Lindsey — just about a week ago — would be transferring back to Bishop Gorman having never played a game for Centennial. The rumors about why he was transferring again started almost immediately, with many believing he may have found trouble in California.
A different source told Landof10.com last Wednesday that was not the case.
“He’s in no trouble at all,” the source said. “It’s just personal stuff. It’s not my business to share, so I won’t, but he was all good at Centennial. He just wanted to be back at Bishop Gorman.”