Lindsey looks ahead to junior season

Tyjon Lindsey learned a lot this summer and he plans to use that knowledge to lead Bishop Gorman to another national title.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman junior wide out Tyjon Lindsey had an exciting summer competition against the best players in the 2016 class and learning from them along the way.

Playing for team 702 Elite during the spring passing circuit as well as hitting both the NIKE region Opening and Opening Finals in July, Lindsey now looks forward to representing the Gaels in another run at a national high school football title.

“I’m really focused on my team right now,” said Lindsey. “I want to focus on building a better relationship with my teammates. I want the young guys that moved up from JV to know they’re welcome, so the main priority for me is getting to know my new team.

“I was in their place a year ago. I was one of the shy cats that was young and had to prove himself. I want them to know that it doesn’t matter what age you are. You can be one of those guys that can step up.”

Lindsey, along with junior five-star quarterback Tate Martell, came to Bishop Gorman from Poway High School last year. As a sophomore, Lindsey had 34 receptions for 884 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Although Lindsey is in the 2017 class, he has spent his entire high school career competing against older players. At The Opening Finals, Lindsey got a glimpse into the future of where he hopes to be a year from now.

“With that experience I learned you have to prove yourself,” said Lindsey. “Just because I was invited to the prestigious camp doesn’t mean I’ll be invited next year.

“I have to work and keep my head on a swivel. Those guys helped me compete and I learned a lot from those older guys. They taught me how to run routes and how to separate from the defense.

“It was a great learning experience. The Opening was more like school than a football camp.”

At 5-foot-8, 165-pounds, Lindsey is occasionally compared to another dynamic Southern California native who actually attended The Opening Finals as a camp councilor.

“Most of the time, I was talking to De’Anthony Thomas,” said Lindsey. “That was my main guy. I look up to him a lot.

“He told me to work hard, and know that, just because I’m little and one of the younger guys, I’m in the spot I am because I deserve it. I was thankful to have a mentor like that who told me anything is possible.”

With a year under his belt and with a handful of scholarship offers, including one from USC, Lindsey is making academics and his relationships with college coaches his two biggest priorities.

“The first thing coaches ask me is, ‘What are your grades looking like,’ and the last thing they ask me is, ‘How are you doing in football,’” said Lindsey. “You have to keep your education on point or that dream can slip away.”

As of now, Lindsey will wait on the recruiting process until after his junior season. However, his friend and teammate Tate Martell will announce his college commitment Aug. 20.

Many believe Lindsey and Martell will end up at the same college, although the four-star wide out implies that is not a foregone conclusion.

“I’m going to sit back and see what he does,” said Lindsey. “Wherever he goes, I’m going to respect his decision and support him.

“He’ll do the same for me. I’ll be rocking his jersey wherever he goes, and he’ll be doing the same for me. It’s a family thing, regardless of whether we go to the same school or not.”

Martell will commit before the season in an effort to focus on Bishop Gorman and academics. However, Lindsey feels a decision before his junior season would rush the process. 

“I don’t want to get too caught up with recruiting right now,” said Lindsey. “I want to see more schools and wait on deciding sometime after my junior season.

“I don’t have any set plans to visit schools during the year, but I’m sure I’ll be out to see a few.”

Of course, that’s not to say Lindsey doesn’t have an opinion on where Martell might commit to Aug. 20.

“I don’t really know where he’s going, but I do know that he’s been rocking a lot of USC gear,” said Lindsey. “He gave me a USC visor randomly, so I’m just getting a little hint about that.

“He really hasn’t said anything to me about it though. He’s a little quiet guy around the family, so he likes to keep his secrets.”


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