The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.
TRY TO MAKE ME GO TO REHAB
Las Vegas, Nevada, Bishop Gorman four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey told Eleven Warriors on Wednesday rehab on his surgically repaired knee is going well.
"[I've been doing] flexion and extension exercises, leg lifts, ball squeezes, etc.," Lindsey said. "I'll be good in a month."
It is unclear when Lindsey suffered the injury to his meniscus, but he decided to cut his senior season short in October to have surgery. He also missed the first four games of the year after breaking his collarbone in a preseason scrimmage.
"Not playing ball [is the hardest part]," Lindsey said.
The 5-foot-9, 161-pound Lindsey, who committed to Ohio State in August over finalists Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame and USC, is not the only Ohio State wide receiver commit to suffer a season-ending injury this year, as Trevon Grimes tore his ACL in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, St. Thomas Aquinas' loss to Bishop Gorman in late September.
KEEPING THE DOCTOR AWAY
Westerville South five-star running back Jaelen Gill fractured his fibula in early September and had surgery shortly thereafter. He was back on the operating table on Tuesday to remove the screw inserted into his leg.
"All is good," Gill's father, Rod, told Eleven Warriors afterward.
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Gill, who accounted for more than 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns during his sophomore season, is considered he third-best all-purpose back and the No. 31 prospect overall in the Class of 2018.
He'll be in a walking boot for two to three weeks before resuming workouts for spring baseball.
Gill holds two dozen offers from programs such as Arizona State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Virginia Tech, but the Buckeyes are presumed to be the favorite.
MOORE THAN EXPECTED
Yoakum, Texas, four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore included Ohio State is his Top 14 on Wednesday afternoon alongside Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.
"Just the relationships that they've built with me and my family and even my coaches. To me that means a lot," Moore told Eleven Warriors. "When I talk to coach Urban Meyer on the phone, he sounded very interested and he actually texted me twice this week just to check on me along with coach [Zach] Smith. So that's big to me."
The 6-foot-1, 168-pound Moore is considered the eighth-best wideout and the No. 60 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He and his twin, Jordan, earned scholarship offers from Ohio State back in September.
Jordan committed to Texas A&M on Christmas Eve, and the two have talked about playing together in college. That makes it an uphill battle for the Buckeyes, but Moore does plan to use an official visit next year to come to Columbus.
"I'll definitely make it to a game," Moore said. "I'll visit this summer, actually."
Just one week after he eliminated Ohio State from his recruitment, Clinton, Mississippi, five-star running back Cam Akers committed to Florida State on Tuesday night over finalists Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Feels great to be a nole pic.twitter.com/OapmPFWONE— Cam akers (@thereal_cam3) December 28, 2016
There was a point in time when the Buckeyes were considered the favorite for the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Akers, but things began to trend toward the Seminoles over the fall. He notably took three trips to Tallahassee and only one to Columbus, though he reportedly enjoyed the visit for the Nov. 26 game against Michigan.
It was somewhat of a surprise to see Ohio State miss the final table, but many believed the second-best running back in the Class of 2017 was always going to stay the South. The Buckeyes still hold a commitment from La Grange, Texas, four-star running back J.K. Dobbins, the top-rated all-purpose back in the class.