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Shaun Wade will be at The Opening
After a week-plus of difficult decision-making, 5-star cornerback Shaun Wade has found a happy medium. The long-time Buckeyes commitment had been going back and forth between attending the EYBL national championships – The Peach Jam in Atlanta – or heading to Oregon for Nike’s The Opening, which begin on the same day. After leaning toward choosing The Peach Jam, Wade has come to a better conclusion: Why not both?
“He is going to the Peach Jam for two days,” said Randy Wade, Shaun’s father. “Then he’ll head to The Opening.”
Though the travel is extensive, it’s a pair of experiences that are too good to pass up for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jacksonville (Fla.) native.
“We’ve got to do what’s best for Shaun,” his father said. “The Opening is a once in a lifetime event and the Peach Jam is too.”
The decision to head to Oregon is great news for the Buckeyes, who are hoping that a few days around nine other Ohio State commitments may help make some friendships that go a long way toward solidifying his pledge to the Buckeyes.
Grimes preparing for Oregon
One of the most interesting subplots of this week at The Opening in Oregon will be the opportunity for Ohio State commitment Tate Martell to work day in, day out with his two top targets at wide receiver, 5-stars Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes.
Lindsey was a teammate of a Martell’s at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas for the last two seasons. The pair won two national titles together, so that connection is one that will be visible early and often, but it’s Grimes who will be one to really watch closely.
The country’s fifth-ranked wide receiver has been on the Buckeyes’ list since 2014 and this week will be a good opportunity to begin developing important rapport between he and Martell. It appears that the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) wideout is excited about the chance to work alongside not only Martell but also Lindsey and another Buckeyes 5-star target, defensive back Jeffrey Okudah.
— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) July 1, 2016
Grimes, who will make his college decision on Aug. 24, will be a major priority for the ten Ohio State commitments in attendance in Beaverton. This week may be the last real shot for other schools like Florida, Georgia, Florida State and Miami to make a peer-induced push.
Higgins off the board
On Monday, one of the Buckeyes’ fringe targets, 5-star Tennessee-native Tee Higgins, committed to Clemson. The country’s third-ranked wide receiver had been recruited by Ohio State’s Zach Smith and the Buckeyes had made their way into his Top 5 but the odds were never in their favor, to paraphrase a fairly popular movie quote.
The Oak Ridge star had been considering a potential visit to Columbus on July 22 for Friday Night Lights and while that’s not been 100-percent ruled out, it now seems even more unlikely than it had before.
At wide receiver, the two names listed above – Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey – remain the highest targets, both in priority and likelihood to end up in the Buckeyes recruiting class.
Unless otherwise noted, all rankings come courtesy of 247Sports.com.