It was already supposed to be a big day for Ohio State football recruiting, as the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2017 class, Tyjon Lindsey (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) was scheduled to announce his collegiate decision Monday. What wasn't expected was that the No. 3 WR, Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) would be announcing with him as a package deal.
Grimes was scheduled to announce his decision later in the week, but favored to announce alongside Lindsey in a Hollywood-esque video via Bleacher Report. While the Buckeyes were the favorite to land both, the news was a surprise to the college football recruiting world. The addition of these two elite wideouts only strengthened Urban Meyer and the program's lead as the top-ranked recruiting class in the country for 2017.
While Grimes and Lindsey couldn't be more different, their differences will make for a dangerous WR duo for years to come. Lindsey is known for his speed and agility, while Grimes possesses prototypical WR size and athleticism. The two will join 2016 WR commits Austin Mack and Binjimin Victor.
It must be noted, recent five-star QB commit Tate Martell (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) played a key role in yesterday's news. Martell started heavily recruiting both WRs as soon as he announced his decision earlier in the summer and the three have already built solid relationships with each other.
The Buckeyes' 2017 class is pretty much completed on the offensive side of the ball. The only other candidate remaining would be recent five-star RB Cam Akers (Clinton, MS / Clinton) who is currently an Ohio State lean. If the five-star RB decides to choose Ohio State, this would likely be Meyer's greatest class ever.
Ohio State is makes the cut for an elite DB
Lost in the news yesterday was that the Buckeyes were included as a finalist for four-star DB Christian Tutt (Thomson, GA / Thomson.) The elite defensive back is listed as one of 247Sports top 100 players of the 2018 class and is seen as the No. 14 DB.
Meyer and the Buckeyes will be competing with some of the best schools in the country for Tutt, as USC, Texas A&M, Miami, Georgia, UCLA, Florida State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida and Clemson all made the cut alongside the Buckeyes.
Currently, Georgia is the heavy favorite to land the 5-foot-11, 185-pound DB, but the Buckeye coaching staff has been paying more attention to Tutt recently. If Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaches decide to further pursue Tutt, expect them to be in it to the end.
Buckeyes first to offer 2019 DB
One thing that makes Urban Meyer one of the best recruiters in college football is his ability to find talented kids early on. He seems to have done just that as the Buckeyes became the first program to officially offer 2019 athlete Jaylin Simpson (Saint Simons Island, GA / Frederica Academy).
Blessed to receive my first offer from THE Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/AOK9hwl0Qq— Jaylin Simpson (@jaylinsimp) August 22, 2016
Simpson is one of a few prospects to receive an offer from the Buckeyes in the 2019 class. One of the others is his teammate, Jashawn Sheffield. Sheffield is a WR and the Ohio State coaching staff got a chance to see them go up against each other when they went to watch Sheffield.
Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com spoke with Simpson about his offer from Ohio State, and the Georgia native said that it was crazy. Expect Simpson to receive offers from many more programs over the next three years but putting in work early should keep the Buckeyes involved for the long haul.
Buckeye rival Michigan loses two commitments
To finish off what was one of the biggest days in Ohio State recruiting, Buckeye Nation had yet another reason to celebrate as arch-rival Michigan lost two of its biggest commitments. Both four-star tight end Leonard Taylor (Springfield, OH / Springfield) and four-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, GA / Lee County) decommitted from the Wolverines program late Monday afternoon.
Taylor, an Ohio native has an offer from the Buckeyes and had received interest from the Buckeyes before his commitment at Michigan's spring game in April. After adding two TEs in 2016, the Buckeyes did not target a TE in the 2017, meaning they will likely heavily target one in 2018. Expect the Buckeye's interest in Taylor to increase again after the recent update.
Solomon also has an offer from the Buckeyes but Ohio State is not seen as a likely candidate for the elite DT. While there is always a possibility of things changing in recruiting, as previously mentioned, the Buckeyes’ 2017 class is nearly full. Solomon will more than likely end up playing in the SEC.