After almost four combined years of recruiting, the Buckeyes have landed their two top wide receiver targets for the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Trevon Grimes, a 5-star wide receiver out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Tyjon Lindsey, a 5-star prospect out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, have committed to Ohio State.
For months, Ohio State had been the leader for both wide receivers — ranked No. 3 and No. 5 respectively in the 247Sports.com composite rankings — and Monday, in a video produced by Bleacher Report, the pair have verballed simultaneously to the Buckeyes.
What happens when two top-5 WRs enter the dodgeball arena with commitments on the line?https://t.co/axiRdRpkqi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 22, 2016
Though they’ve ended up at the same place, the game and the recruitment of Grimes and Lindsey has been very different.
Grimes, who is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, is an Indianapolis native who moved to Fort Lauderdale six years go to sharpen his athletic talents against the highly-skilled competition in South Florida. The nation’s 15th-ranked prospect grew up rooting for Ohio State and when his substantial skills earned him national recruiting acclaim as a high school freshman, he received an offer from the Buckeyes and immediately they became the favorite to land him.
Former Ohio State great Cris Carter, a mentor to many kids at St. Thomas Aquinas, has been around Grimes some but for the most part it was a matter of him always knowing that Columbus was where he wanted to play his college football. For a brief moment in the spring of 2015, it appeared that the Florida Gators — buoyed by Florida’s 2017 quarterback commitment Jake Allen’s effort — had made a move and given Grimes at least some hesitation but that was never really the case.
He was a Buckeye the minute Urban Meyer and receivers coach Zach Smith offered him and that’s never changed.
For Lindsey, though, things were certainly different.
A 5-foot-9, 190-pound slot-receiver, the diminutive Lindsey has a very big game and because of that he’s been a major target of the West Coast’s biggest programs for much of the last two years. Though he has family in Ohio (Middletown, ironically the home for the aforementioned Cris Carter), Lindsey had not spent much time in the Buckeye State but, last summer, was very vocal about his desire to land an Ohio State offer. When the Buckeyes did offer in August 2015, he and Zach Smith formed as very strong bond and did so quickly. Still, Lindsey had not yet been to Columbus for a visit and didn’t get to Ohio until March and, at that point, everything seemed to be heading in the Buckeyes direction.
Everything was going in Ohio State’s direction until Nebraska got involved in Lindsey’s commitment shortly after his March trip to visit the Buckeyes. The Huskers, led by wide receivers coach Keith Williams and a host of Golden State recruits trying to sell a vision of “Calibraska” to Lindsey, got the longtime 5-star prospect on campus twice in a three-month span and really made a push for his commitment.
Ranked as the country’s 25th-best overall 2017 prospect, Lindsey listed a top 10 that included Auburn, Alabama, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and others — even making visits to Auburn and Alabama in July — but it was clear the final two was shaping up to be Ohio State and Nebraska and until a late July visit back to Columbus, it appeared the Huskers may have become the favorite.
Lindsey and Grimes each visited for the Buckeyes’ big summer recruiting event, Friday Night Lights, on July 22 and it was there things went from “cloudy” on Lindsey to crystal clear. The trip sealed the deal for him and the pair began to figure out a plan to make their announcement together. Lindsey was scheduled for Monday and Grimes for Wednesday but when the chance to share the stage came up, Grimes flew to California a week after Friday Night Lights and filmed alongside Lindsey in California with a goal of committing right before they began their senior seasons of high school.
With the two new additions, Ohio State now has 18 commitments for 2017, stretching their lead over Alabama as the country’s top-ranked recruiting class. Lindsey and Grimes are the first receivers to commit to the Buckeyes in this cycle. Ohio State signed two in 2016, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor, as well. The Buckeyes now have six 5-star prospects committed for 2017: Alabama and LSU each have two.
Landof10.com will have more on the commitments of 5-star wide receivers Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes soon.