Thomas Dale RB Chris Tyree (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Ohio State comes calling for Chris Tyree, Richmond makes a move on Jaden Payoute
Ohio State has produced some of the greatest running backs to ever grace the field at the collegiate level. Certain programs are known for the way they develop a certain type of position and how NFL ready that certain position is once they make it to the next level. For the Buckeyes, running back is just one of those positions. Players such as Archie Griffin, Jim Otis, Keith Byars, Eddie George, Robert Smith, Beanie Wells, Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliot not only ruled the collegiate ranks, but they were also able to crack the NFL and make an impact.
It’s possible that Thomas Dale starting running back Chris Tyree (2020 WR 5-10 172) could join the aforementioned ranks of Ohio State running backs. Tyree picked up what his 25th collegiate offer from Coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes on Monday. Ohio State marks the fifth Big 10 that Tyree has picked up with Nebraska being the most recent before the Buckeyes swung through. Should Tyree commit, Ohio State would be getting one of the most dynamic Central Region running backs in quite a while.
At the same time, the Buckeyes have a lot of catching up to do as Notre Dame, Tennessee, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Florida State and Virginia Tech among others all have the upper hand on Ohio State.
Hat trick for Jaden Payoute
There are many prospects currently conducting their business underground. These are the prospects that you won’t see posting much on social media. These are also the prospects that keep their evolution to themselves and away from people that may be a hindrance towards their development. L.C. Bird starting wide receiver Jaden Payoute (2019 WR 6-3 193) falls in the category of an underground prospect. On Tuesday morning he was able to complete his first hat trick by picking up his third offer this one coming by way of the University of Richmond.
“The coach texted me earlier today and told me to call him. Not too long after that I called him and he offered me. The head coach saw me workout last week at one of our 7-on-7 practices,” Payoute stated.
The process has been slow for the L.C. Bird prospect, but at the end of the day it’s been extremely fruitful. Payoute didn’t pick up his first collegiate offer until April 19 (Campbell University) and then he followed up with his second one on May 4 (Towson University). Penn State could be one of the next programs to pull the trigger as it would appear the Nittany Lions have Payoute in their cross hairs. Coach James Franklin greeted Payoute and his family during the Mother’s Day weekend as Payoute got the chance to tour State College.
“What I took away the most was their winning tradition. I learned that I must always continue doing things that are going to make me better. The coaches were really cool too in making me feel right at home,” Payoute said.
– Brandon Mitchell