Jones reels in Buckeye offer
It’s been a wild recruiting weekend for the Ohio State football program. On Tuesday, they were able to secure 2017 JuCo cornerback Kendall Sheffield. The addition of Sheffield bolted the Buckeyes to No. 1 overall in the recruiting rankings. However, that lead didn’t last very long. Early Wednesday morning, ‘17 wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey announced his departure from the Ohio State class. The Buckeyes will now look to fill the void that Lindsey leaves in the class and they wasted no time getting started.
Wednesday afternoon, ‘17 WR Ty Jones from Provo (UT) announced on his Twitter account that he received an offer from the Buckeyes.
First thing that people may see when it comes to Jones is that he is only graded out as a three-star prospect. With that being said, don’t buy into that too much. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a participant in the U.S. Army All-American game and opened some eyes in the practices leading up to the game.
According to Brandon Huffman of Scout.com, Jones is “poised to make a big move” in their rankings. Huffman revealed that a nice senior season for the Bulldogs (63 catches, 1,523 yards, and 20 touchdowns, per MaxPreps) and impressive performances in the Army Bowl practices are a big reason for the eventual jump.
Jones is currently committed to Chris Peterson and the Washington Huskies. It will be interesting to see if anything major develops between the two parties. The Buckeyes are definitely hoping to have at least two wide receivers in this class and likely even three when it’s all said and done. But as of now, the safe bet is to bank on ‘17 WR Jaylen Harris to be the guy in the class for Ohio State.
Latest on Lindsey
Now let’s talk about the reason that the Buckeyes sent out the offer to Jones. As mentioned above, after being committed to Ohio State since August, Tyjon Lindsey surprisingly decided to decommit and left many people wondering why.
The answer to the question is: no one really knows the full story. Everyone can speculate and make guesses on what happened here but really, it was simply a shock and the truth won’t be revealed until Lindsey decides to speak out about it.
On Wednesday, Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman made the trip to Bishop Gorman (NV) and caught up with Lindsey to speak about the situation. In the video interview, the four-star receiver said Ohio State is out. “Why would I decommit and go back to them?” Lindsey stated.
The 5-foot-9, 161-pounder, in a different video interview with Wasserman, gave thanks to Urban Meyer and Zach Smith for recruiting him. Lindsey went on to say the decision was “unfortunate.” He continued to say that he “loves the Buckeye Nation” but he has to follow his dream elsewhere.
As you can see, straight from Lindsey’s mouth, he is not going to be in this class. Barring some unforeseen change of heart, Lindsey will not be in Columbus. With that being said, that isn’t stopping Ohio State from trying to bring him back into the fold. Sources told Jeremy Birmingham of Landof10.com, Zach Smith will be down to see Lindsey this week, maybe even later today.