The Hurry Up: Emory Jones Impresses, Trevon Grimes Hints at a Decision Date, Lindsey Will Visit Nebraska Again

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm
Emory Jones at Ohio State on Tuesday afternoon.
Emory Jones

The Hurry Up is your nightcap of Ohio State recruiting news, catching you up on the day’s events with an ear on the ground for what’s next.


Ohio State welcomed one of their top 2018 targets for camp Tuesday and quarterback Emory Jones did not disappoint those in attendance.

He was sharp with the ball in the short passing game, in the intermediate passing game and was accurate and strong-armed with the long ball as well. There are cliché terms like "this guy passes the look test" and Jones certainly does, even though he's still a bit skinny, which is fine with two years of high school ahead of him. 

Jones threw early in the morning with Ohio State watching and again in the afternoon before getting a tour of the academic opportunities the school has to offer. He was there with his mother, who sat quietly by the workouts in a golf cart, periodically interrupted by visits from Tim Beck and other coaches.

Rumors began swirling in the late afternoon that Jones had committed to Ohio State and while there's a fairly good chance that happened privately, it's not a decision he's comfortable enough to publicize, especially as he heads to Clemson and Tennessee in the next few days. 

Bottom line: the trip to Ohio State, Jones' first, went very well and the Buckeyes may be pretty close to having their first 2018 commitment be the country's second-ranked quarterback. Tim Beck may get a chance to work with him again on Thursday at the Central Gwinnett satellite camp in Lawrenceville, Georgia, so the two sides are becoming very familiar and that's good news for Ohio State.


Well, it's not going to happen this weekend like many might've thought, but an official decision date for the country's most absurdly talented wide receiver is set. 

Fort Lauderdale's Trevon Grimes will make his college commitment on Aug. 24, per the video above that you may or may not have watched entirely.  

Grimes will get two chances to see Ohio State soon. The Buckeyes' coaching staff will take part in the festivities at St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday in one of their more important satellite camps and Grimes is expected to make his first visit to Columbus in over two years next week.

While the decision isn't going to happen for another two months, it's going to be very, very surprising if Grimes ends up anywhere but Ohio State.


Another five-star wide receiver in the 2017 class who most expect will end up at Ohio State is Corona, California's Tyjon Lindsey. The former Bishop Gorman star has been picked up a number of Buckeye-tinted predictions over on lately, especially since Tate Martell committed to Ohio State on Sunday.

There's just this nagging little problem called Nebraska, and while I still think Lindsey is more likely – today – to pick Ohio State, it'd be very, very unwise to think this Cornhusker intrusion isn't something to take seriously. Lindsey will make his college decision on Aug. 22, two days before Grimes, but there's a good chance he'll be back at Nebraska twice before then. There are not any current plans to get back to Columbus although the Buckeyes hope he can make it for Friday Night Lights on July 22.

Lindsey visited Nebraska for their spring game and another two trips to Lincoln aren't something to ignore. 

For their part, Ohio State sources say they feel comfortable with where things stand, but I'm reluctant to call it outright optimism. 


One of the real valuable portions of camps like the one Ohio State had Tuesday is the chance for committed players who are visiting, whether to camp or not, to get to know each other better.

Ohio State hosted Isaiah Pryor, Josh Myers, J.K. Dobbins, Brendon White, Blake Haubeil and Marcus Williamson, putting half of their top-ranked recruiting class together on a random Tuesday in June. That kind of camaraderie is what turns a good class into a great class when it comes time to be teammates.

"A lot of us are getting really close," Williamson told 11W. "I think we're building something special."

Speaking of Isaiah Pryor, he was actually on campus all last week with Ohio State before heading to Atlanta for the five-star challenge and immediately returning to Columbus. He's going to spend a lot of time in Columbus this month and is really emerging as a go-to guy in the class.


As you may know, Tate Martell took his wide receiver wish list to Twitter on Monday, highlighting a trio of five-star players he hopes to bring to Columbus with him.

Late Monday night, Martell got some good news from the people in charge of selecting teams for next month's The Opening: he'll get to work closely with two of those three – Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes – in Oregon on Team Alpha Pro.

Lindsey and Martell are certainly familiar after two big seasons together at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, but it's the chance to work with Grimes that will be interesting. The two went head-to-head on Twitter months ago about an upcoming battle between their high school teams, but Martell says that won't be a problem in Oregon...or anywhere else.

"Trevon and I are all good," Martell said. "It's just competition. When you are teammates you can put all that aside."

Another of Ohio State's top targets, defensive back Jeffrey Okudah, will line up for Alpha Pro as well. Are the folks at Nike trying to prepare us for the next wave of Scarlet and Gray?


I've been hinting since his May visit that he'd be returning to Ohio State "in a few weeks" and that amount of time is drawing near and he's expected to be making a stop in Columbus while he visits some family in West Virginia this weekend.

Any visit to Ohio State for the country's top-ranked safety is a big one, but there's not likely to be much "big news" (and I mean it this time) coming out of this trip. 

Okudah will announce his top-six schools next month, but the Buckeyes are the runaway leader right now and if he stops to see Ohio State this week it may be a decision-sealing trip.


Eleven Warriors' former medical correspondent, Dr. Aloiya Earl, is finishing up her first year of residency at Ohio State and was recently selected as the "Resident of the Year" from 800 or so candidates, so if you follow her on Twitter, give her a well-deserved congratulations. 

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