Former Ohio State wide receiver commit Tyjon Lindsey is staying in the Big Ten after committing to Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. His relationship with Cornhuskers wide receivers coach Keith Williams has been well documented, so the move comes as no surprise.
The 5-foot-9, 161-pound Lindsey decommitted from the Buckeyes earlier this week, saying, “I just have to follow my dream somewhere else.” The staff was taken aback by his decision and attempted to change his mind with an in-home visit from wide receivers coach Zach Smith on Thursday, but it was too little too late.
Lindsey, the sixth-best wide receiver and the No. 38 prospect overall in the Class of 2017, missed all but four games of his senior season after suffering a broken collar bone and torn meniscus. Though rumors surfaced about the Ohio State staff pushing him out the door as a result, Lindsey ultimately made the decision on his own. His commitment brings the Cornhusker's class up to No. 23 in the team rankings.
Lindsey spoke at length about his decision with Greg Biggins of Scout.com:
"In terms of the scheme at Ohio State, I would have been more of a situational player. I would play some in the backfield, some in the slot, some at receiver and basically move around to take advantage of mismatches but I don't think I would have developed as well as a receiver being used that way."
"Ohio State has a ton of guys, they'll be just fine," Lindsey said. "At Ohio State, I would have been just another nice player but at Nebraska, I think I can be the guy right away and really showcase my talent better. They only have 3-4 receivers at Nebraska and want to bring in five guys this year.
"Ohio State is more of a run dominated team and if they have a great receiver, they'll feature him but usually only that one guy gets a lot of catches. I know Nebraska wants to air things out and I want to be the guy for them. I want to be the guy that come in and makes a big impact and helps turn the program around and get other players to want to follow if we have success."
Lindsey spoke more about his decision, his respect for Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith and praise for Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams in the rest of the article.
The Buckeyes have two wide receiver commits in their 2017 class. Five-star Trevon Grimes committed on Aug. 22 – the same day as Lindsey – and four-star Jaylen Harris made his plans official just yesterday. Early-enrollee Brendon white also appears to have been moved to Zone Six.
62-3 .— GrimeTime (@TrevonGrimes7) January 14, 2017
It would appear that Grimes still remembers what happened the last time the Buckeyes and Huskers met.