The Opening: 5-star Tyjon Lindsey looking for comfort and a chance at stardom
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Tyjon Lindsey has been all over the place lately. Nebraska, California, Las Vegas and now Oregon.
When he returns from The Opening, Nike’s biggest recruiting spectacle of the year that’s going on this week, he’ll head to the heart of the south and hit up two big-time SEC schools that have been lobbying for a visit from the 5-star receiver.
A L A B A M A July 15th-16th
A U B U R N July 17th-18th
Unofficial visits set.
— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) July 6, 2016
Where he’s not been, at least since March, is Ohio State. Still, the Buckeyes are right near the top of the list to land the country’s 4th-ranked wide receiver from California. Lindsey says that he’s not sure if he’ll get back to Ohio or not before making a college decision on Aug. 22 but that Buckeyes fans shouldn’t worry about that.
“It’s 50/50 that I can make it to Friday Night Lights,” Lindsey told Landof10. “I want to go, but it’s about sorting things out, still trying to come up with the money. I’m very comfortable knowing Ohio State. That’s where my family originates from, that’s where I’m from. I have family out there and everything. I know a lot about Ohio State, and I’ve been doing my research.”
Part of the research that Lindsey is doing is comparing the two coaches that would be in charge of his development at the next level. His relationships with Ohio State’s Zach Smith and Nebraska’s Keith Williams are the best he has and the rivalry between the two assistant coaches has emerged as one of the spring’s hottest recruiting subplots. The two couldn’t be any different, but Lindsey can relate to them each in unique ways.
“Coach Williams and Coach Smith, I relate to them both a lot,” he said. “They are two different types of coach, but I like them being different and distinct. They present different opportunities.”
While he won’t come out and say that the Buckeyes and Huskers are the last two teams in his mind, it’s becoming more clear that barring an unexpected push from Bama or Auburn – or even Tennessee, where he’s also considering a July visit – it’s going to be a Big Ten battle for the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Lindsey.
“It’s about comfort level and opportunities,” Lindsey said. “It’s about the coaches and the team. I want to be a Heisman candidate. I want to be a national champion, but everyone wants that, everyone wants to go to the league. Still, that’s what will keep teams in it.
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