Tyjon Lindsey Drops Top 10, Talks Ohio State Visit As He Prepares to Lock Down Recruiting

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm
Tyjon Lindsey is narrowing down his recruitment

Just a few days after his visit to Ohio State concluded, Corona, California five-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey has released his top–and final–10 schools in a unique way.

It's not a surprise to see the Buckeyes on the list, and they're joined by Oregon, USC, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska and Notre Dame. 

Urban Meyer's team has been considered one of the favorites for the former Bishop Gorman standout since they offered last year, but their position has certainly been strengthened by last week's three-day visit.

"Honestly, it was better than I thought it would be," Lindsey said of Ohio State. "It was great. I had a blast and was smiling the whole trip. When I got to the airport to go home, I missed it like crazy."

The country's 21st-ranked player told Eleven Warriors that it's the personal connections he's made within the Buckeyes' coaching staff that keep them in the front of his mind.

"It was fascinating," he said of the time he spent with Urban Meyer, Zach Smith and Mark Pantoni. "They were funny, but also serious in a manner when needed. They are all actually the same the in text, direct messages as they are over the phone and in person."

The aforementioned Zach Smith has been the driving force in the recruitment for Lindsey since last summer and that has all but guaranteed the Buckeyes will be in play with the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder until the end.

"(Smith) talks about me more than he does about why I should come to Ohio State," the two-time invitee to The Opening shared. "That connection and bond matter. That means they care."

While in Columbus, Lindsey says that he got a better understanding of how he'd be utilized in the Buckeyes' offense.

"They talked to me about how they'd use me, how it'd benefit me coming there," he said. "They'd use me at the slot, outside and in the backfield, which is different than other places."

Now that he has a final 10 schools he's considering, Lindsey says he's going to try and stay a bit out of the recruiting limelight, as least for a bit.

"It's going to help me take a load off my shoulders," he said of the need to quiet down the media storm. "It make me focus on only the schools I'm going to look at, too."

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