One of the benefits of producing quality seasons such as the national championship Ohio State had last season, comes in recruiting. Not only is the school's brand get more recognition across the country, but recruits at the top of every program's list is knocking on the door, wanting a chance to play for the reigning champions. One of those players, '17 wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, has been wanting an offer from the Buckeyes for less than a week, but has the attention of wide receivers coach Zach Smith and Urban Meyer, who gave an offer out on Sunday.
Lindsey is hands down one of the best prospects in the country, let alone receiving prospects. The 5'9, 161-pound receiver is rated as a five-star under the 247Sports Composite and ranks as the nation's 19th best prospect overall, the third-best wide receiver in the class, and the second-best player from the state of Nevada. In 2014, Lindsey hauled in 34 receptions for 884 yards, 15 touchdowns and also used his speed to return two punts for touchdowns.
The Nevada-native also has quite the impressive offer sheet, including Arizona State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNLV, USC, Utah, Utah State, and Washington. He's also receiving interest from Nevada and UCLA, and I would imagine his offers will continue to grow from here on, considering it's still fairly early in his recruitment process.
'18 running back Ricky Slade has been an Ohio State lean since opening up his recruitment, but it might not be that way for long. For now, the Buckeyes still hold the advantage over other schools, at least according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball. In reality, South Carolina has been the favorite to win this race since spring ball, though Urban Meyer and his staff are keeping an eye on Slade's recruitment. Most recently, Slade visited Virginia Tech, where he came away pretty impressed overall. The top three teams at the moment appear to be South Carolina, Ohio State, Florida, and now Virginia Tech.
The 5'9, 175-pound all-purpose back has been clocked at a blazing 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. Slade holds offers from Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and is receiving interest from Oklahoma.
As of now, Slade is ranked as a four-star under the 247Sports rankings and is ranked as the 25th prospect overall in the country for the class of 2018, as well as the second-best all-purpose back in the nation. Slade also checks in as the number one prospect from the state of Virginia at any position, so grabbing Slade when possible, might be beneficial in the long run.