SAN ANTONIO — It’s not easy to sit and watch your teammates win a third straight national championship while you sit sidelined with an injury. But that was the harsh reality that both Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett, a pair of Ohio State 2017 commitments, were dealt in early December.
Fast forward a month and the Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) teammates experienced a similar experience this week in Texas. Though they were selected for the US Army All-American Bowl played in San Antonio on Saturday, the 4-star prospects were unable to play, each still hampered by a knee injury.
Following the game, they spoke with Land of 10 about their rehab and what’s next for them. You can catch Garrett’s comments here. Here is what Lindsay had to say:
“Everything is going great, my recovery is going well” the nation’s sixth-ranked receiver said. “I had my surgery on the 28th of December, and you can see how I’m doing. The recovery is going great, I’m walking without much pain. I’m anxious to get back on the field, but I’m not hurrying anything.”
After the procedure on his knee, Lindsey said he’s heard from a number of different coaching staffs. The majority, he said, were reaching out just to offer well wishes.
“Nebraska has been contacting me still, USC, Auburn and Oregon recently with their new coaching staff,” he said. “They’ve just been talking to me, not just about football, but they know I’ve been hurt so they’re just checking on me.”
Lindsey says he has maintained regular contact with Ohio State, as well. He last visited Columbus the weekend of Nov. 5 — when Ohio State played Nebraska — and was expected to take an official visit next weekend. As of now, however, that trip is up in the air right.
“I’m hoping to take that visit the weekend of the 13th,” he said. “I like the sound of that and I’m praying that it happens. I’m trying to make it there as much as possible and see my guys that are going to be there. All the early enrollees makes me want to get there as soon as possible and I’m looking forward to taking that visit, I’ll definitely be taking an official visit there, I just don’t know if it’s next weekend or not.”
According to Lindsey and sources close to the Buckeyes, there’s no reason to worry about his commitment at all. He’s all Buckeye and he’s ready to make an impact on a changing Ohio State offense.
“I’m 100 percent to Ohio State, I’m telling you that in all honesty. 100 percent,” Lindsey said. “They come to my school almost every month. Our relationship is fantastic and I’m excited to see them again. They said they’re looking to use me as an H-back, so that means I’ll be in the slot and at running back sometimes, like Curtis Samuel is doing right now.
“Coach Zach Smith has told me that I need to be ready. There’s a lot of young talent there and if I can do the right things, it’s on me to come in and earn playing time, especially because there’s still a chance Samuel could leave early for the NFL. I have no choice but to be ready.”
Lindsey’s talent has never been the problem. He’s a top-30 player nationally and despite missing most of his senior season to injury (a broken clavicle cost him the first four games of the year), he’s one of the country’s most electric prospects. For the 5-foot-9, 170-pound wideout, it’s about making good choices away from the game. That, he says, is why Ohio State was the right place for him.
“I’m just trying to prepare myself, mentally and physically,” he said. “What I’m doing is just having the right diet, rehabbing and having the right mindset. I’m staying away from the streets, the parties and the people that aren’t good for me on the West Coast. I need to get mentally prepared to get there because you have to be mentally strong at Ohio State.
“That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to go somewhere new. I’ve seen too much on the West Coast, I’m ready to see something new and my future is going to be bright and different in Ohio and I appreciate it.”