With offers from coast to coast, four-star speedster wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey was on the Plains this weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers and left very impressed by what he saw from Gus Malzahn’s program. Spending time with the coaches and checking out the facilities, the No. 37 player in the country and No. 5 wide receiver saw enough to vault the Tigers to the top of his three-team list of favorites at the moment.
“They helped themselves a lot,” Lindsey tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “They weren’t really up in my top group. When I first got the offer I said they were going to be in my final list without a doubt, but they were falling off. From this visit, honestly they are in the top three. I would put Nebraska and Ohio State in that mix. I haven’t seen Alabama yet so maybe something will change, but right now Auburn is up there.”
That’s a change from his recent thoughts as Auburn has steadily worked its way back onto Lindsey’s list of schools. Once the prospect from Corona, Calif., got on campus he said it was apparent he underestimated the impact seeing the campus would have on him, especially one key part of things.
“I didn’t think very highly of it before I made the trip, I just thought it was going to be like another campus,” Lindsey said. “When I got there the facilities are second to none. The dorms are second to none. Most recruiters don’t really say this, but the dorms could be a big aspect of the recruiting process because that’s where you’ll be staying. That boosted my confidence of the school highly and them on my list.”
A dynamic playmaker at 5-8, 180 with a 4.50 time in the 40-yard dash at this year’s Opening and a ridiculous time of 3.86 seconds in the short shuttle, Lindsey is one of the most explosive players in the country and just the type of player Auburn is looking to add to its offense. He said the coaches showed him exactly how he would fit in the system and it’s something he believes would be fun to be a part of.
“It fits me well because Coach Rhett Lashlee sat me down and showed me what type of schemes we’ll be running and what position I’ll be playing and what routes I’ll be running,” Lindsey said.
“They told me they would put me at the slot, but not only at the slot but as a wideout and a running back. He showed me proof on film of the stuff I would be doing that they’ve used for decades since they were at Tulsa and here. It means a lot that they have proof they can show me and it’s not just a sales pitch. I respect him a lot for him showing me that. It boosted them on my list.”
Something else that helped Auburn is having Nate Craig, Kyle Davis and Elijah Stove already on campus with the Tigers. Very familiar with all three of them after getting to know them at The Opening last summer when he attended as a junior, Lindsey said that the familiar faces already at Auburn means a lot to him when thinking about the Tigers.
“They’re actually here now and not too long ago we were all in the same place,” Lindsey said. “Just knowing that they’re having success and going to have have successful careers at Auburn means a lot because that could be me. We could just replace shoes and I could be their teammate. That means a lot to me.
“They’re just telling me there is nothing like it,” he added of their sales pitch to him. “The facilities and dorms are second to none. The way the coaches treat you is just amazing. The opportunity to play my freshman year, he showed me proof and you can either take it or leave it. Most people don’t get the opportunity to see where they would be put. To have them recruit me is going to be heavy on me.”
Visiting Auburn on Friday and Saturday morning, Lindsey is set to travel to Alabama on Saturday afternoon. Planning to be back at Auburn for an official visit this fall, he said he can’t wait to get another look at the Plains sometime soon.
“Even if I don’t go there I’m still looking forward to taking an official visit to see where it goes,” Lindsey said. “I love the coaches, Coach Mal, Coach Rhett and Coach (Kodi) Burns.”