Just days after it was announced that he would transfer back to Las Vegas, Nevada, Bishop Gorman to team up with quarterback pledge Tate Martell, five-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey has committed to Ohio State. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder made his decision public via a Bleacher Report video posted to his Twitter account on Monday morning.
Things have been trending toward Ohio State for the last few months, but that wasn't always the case in Lindsey's recruitment. Nebraska — led by wide receivers coach Keith Williams — made significant strides with the fifth-best receiver prospect in the country, who made several trips to Lincoln dating back to the spring.
THE LINDSEY FILE
- Class: 2017
- Size: 5-foot-9, 180 pounds
- Pos: WR
- School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★★
- Composite Rank: 5 (WR)
The Buckeyes had not really been considered a contender for Lindsey until the aforementioned Martell made his decision. The pair lived together in Las Vegas after transferring to Bishop Gorman following their freshman year at Poway, California, High School, and have combined for more than 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading the Gaels to two-consecutive mythical high school national championships.
Lindsey made his second trip to Columbus for Friday Night Lights last month, and despite travel problems, he told Eleven Warriors enjoyed his visit, which included some much-needed one-on-one time with head coach Urban Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
“The environment was perfect," Lindsey told Eleven Warriors. I heard fans shouting, ‘O-H, I-O.’ Former players and kids were coming by asking for pictures and all that so it was a great environment today.”
After a brief stint at Centennial High in Poway, where he was hoping to finish out high school closer to his immediate family, Lindsey returned to Sin City last week after it was learned he would be forced to sit out the first five games of his senior season due to California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section rules.
Some hinted that Lindsey may delay his announcement as a result, but the nation's No. 24 overall prospect instead chose to become the first receiver from the Class of 2017 to join Zone Six.
“If [Ohio State] can get the guys that they’re looking for and they’re targeting, the class can explode,” Lindsey said at Friday Night Lights. “It can be the No. 1 class, and even though it already is, it can be unreachable. That’s going to be crazy.”
And with his pledge, the Buckeyes' grip on the top class in the country only tightens.