When Notre Dame offered Tyjon Lindsey on Thursday it made a play for a four-star receiver with ties to the Irish roster, but present and future.
This off-season Lindsey transferred to Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev. The former produced incoming freshman receiver Javon McKinley. The latter turned out sophomores Alize Jones and Nicco Fertitta, plus former tackle Ronnie Stanley.
“It’s a really great offer,” Lindsey said. “Mike Sanford said that I would know a lot of people out there because of my Bishop Gorman connections, so I could acclimate easily. I know Alize Jones and Nicco Fertitta, and they could help me adjust. And now I go to school with Javon McKinley, and we are close friends and we talk at school.
“I know that Notre Dame is a Catholic school, so I would already be very used to that from Gorman. I think I would feel very comfortable there as I did at Gorman as well.”
The 5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect has also had some communication with Irish defensive backs assistant Todd Lyght, who has his own Bishop Gorman roots having coached there.
“They seem like really cool coaches,” Lindsey said. “Coaches and my relationship with them are going to matter a lot. That’s what I’m focusing on now, just trying to get to know all of the coaches that are recruiting me better.”
The No. 2 wide receiver in the West and fourth-ranked receiver overall, Lindsey also touts offers from Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. He plans to release a top group of schools before the start of his senior season.
“I haven’t thought much about when I want to commit or anything, but I want to take some visits first,” Lindsey said. “I know I’m visiting USC and Ohio State for sure this spring. Coach Sanford wants me to come visit soon. Now that Notre Dame is on my radar, I plan to check it out.”
Lindsey is a close friend of Texas A&M quarterback commitment Tate Martell, who attends Gorman.
“I’m familiar with that program a lot because of Tate,” Lindsey said. “We have a good connection on the field I would say.
Lindsey is being recruited to play slot receiver at Notre Dame.
“I am very quick with the ball in my hands,” Lindsey said. “I know how to make plays and I’m a good team player.”