South Dakota State will enter August with multiple verbal commitments for the next football recruiting class – a program first. That’s because Tyler Lindsey of Owasso, Okla., said over the weekend that he is on board, following Trey Carr of Omaha Burke. Both play cornerback, another noteworthy development in that the Jacks have at times had to work harder and longer to fill that position.
About Lindsey: He’s 5-10 and 185 pounds and has started for the past two seasons, totaling 10 interceptions and more than 110 tackles in that time for the Owasso, a northern suburb of Tulsa. (The Rams beat Union - a state and sometimes national power - the last two years, for what that’s worth.) His only other offer so far was from Central Oklahoma, an NCAA Division II school, but he had enough interest from several major-conference schools for Rivals.com to note what coaches he was dealing with. Here are his junior highlights.
Less officially, Lindsey seems to be the first player under the John Flynn recruiting tree. That is, it seems like a long shot that he’d be headed for the Jacks if they hadn’t hired the Oklahoma native and former Sooners offensive lineman Flynn last year.
Still, Lindsey said it wasn’t just that Flynn was from his home state.
"The way he recruited me was really refreshing," Lindsey said. "He became my friend first and actually asked questions about me."
Likewise, Flynn hardly rolled solo on this; Lindsey said he got positive vibes from all the SDSU staff and appreciates the open spirituality of coach John Stiegelmeier.
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