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Ohio State receives commit, decommit in wild day on recruiting trail

Sheffield, a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, commits to be a Buckeye; 4-star WR Lindsey decommits.

Kendall Sheffield
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Sheffield commits

Ohio State received a commit from cornerback Kendall Sheffield on Tuesday. Sheffield, who was once a member of the Alabama football team, spent last fall at Blinn Junior College in Texas. What does this commitment mean? Sheffield is regarded as one of the best JUCO prospects in the country and most people expect him to make an immediate impact for the Buckeyes next season. Though Ohio State has pulled in an elite defensive back class for 2017, Sheffield’s experience is sure to help him win a starting spot opposite of Denzel Ward next year. If his on-field production matches the high expectations, don’t be surprised to see Sheffield as a one-and-done type of player. This was arguably the most important recruit the Buckeyes needed to sign heading into a 2017 season in which Ohio State will contend for a national championship. To read the full update on Sheffield’s commitment to Ohio State, click here.

Lindsey decommits

In the waning hours on Tuesday, as well as the early part on Wednesday, Buckeye football received more news: four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) announced on Twitter his decommitment from OSU and reopening of his recruitment.

Lindsey, who came from the same high school as current Buckeye commit Tate Martell, is a U.S. Army All-America selection, as well as the No. 6 WR in the 2017 class.

About 90 minutes before announcing the reopening of his recruitment, Lindsey posted this tweet:

On the 247sports crystal ball predictions, Lindsey was considered an overwhelming favorite to become a Buckeye. OSU took 86 percent of the predictions, while the Nebraska Cornhuskers took eight percent. This season, the No. 1 WR had five receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns—before suffering a knee injury.

For Tyjon, we hope for only the best in his recruitment and future endeavours.

The next member of Zone 6

2017 prospect Brendon White is already on campus at Ohio State. Listed as an athlete by most recruiting sites, questions arose as to what position White would play at the next level. For now, it looks as if White will be starting in the wide receiver room. With a slew of unproven playmakers returning at that position, it makes sense that Urban Meyer would like that position group to receive a bump in athleticism. Eric Glover-Williams was also moved from defensive back to H-back on Monday.

An offer that’s hard to refuse

Ohio State extended a walk-on offer to 2017 wide receiver Melvin Hill yesterday. Hill, from Alabama, was a standout at Baker High School this past fall. Though it will always be a challenge for walk-ons to get any run at a program like Ohio State, Hill does have good size at 6-foot-3 and checks in at 190 pounds. 247Sports has Hill as a two-star prospect. Hill is currently committed to UMass.