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There are a great many things to note about Georgia’s pursuit of 4-star LB Channing Tindall.
The explosive South Carolina athlete goes lives in the same city those Gamecocks call home. He could be sort of a reverse Jamyest Williams storyline for the Class of 2018.
Tindall is an explosive athlete. That was evident after he snagged the following trifecta at the Atlanta Opening regional: LB MVP, Sparq rating high score and the ticket to the national “The Opening” showcase this summer.
The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder clocked a 4.19 short shuttle, threw the power ball 45 feet and was a half-inch shy of testing out with a 40-inch vertical leap. That’s nothing less than a stellar combination for a big-play LB who also checks in as an honor roll student.
Those qualities go first, but fans of both Georgia and South Carolina will no doubt pay close attention to the school the Tindall family cheered for while he grew up.
“I grew up in a house divided by South Carolina and Georgia so I have always liked Georgia,” Tindall told DawgNation.com.
He already knows he will be at G-Day on April 22.
“I have spoken to the coaches about the defensive scheme and I feel I would fit in very well,” he said. “They are looking for aggressive linebackers who like to attack and I’m that guy.”
The rising senior rates as the nation’s No. 22 OLB prospect for 2018. That’s according to a 247SportsComposite rating which also regards him as the nation’s No. 291 prospect overall.
Look for an uptick in those measures. The interest in Tindall has spiked since his showing at the Atlanta Opening regional.
Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech have offered him since that showing.
— Channing Tindall (@Kingschan_) April 7, 2017
Tindall has taken unofficial visits to Florida and Virginia Tech of late. But he also runs track for Spring Valley High School.
“Due to my track schedule and distance, I haven’t had a chance to visit all of the schools I am interested in yet,” Tindall stated. “As of right now, the schools who have given me the most to think about in terms of my impact on the team would be South Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia, Auburn and Florida.”
Let’s be clear, those aren’t his top schools. Those are simply the programs he feels that are currently weighing the most on his mind at this time.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) March 26, 2017
The college fit for Channing Tindall
Look for him to pursue a Kinesiology major. That would specifically target studies in sports rehabilitation with a health and wellness emphasis.
“All of the schools offer my major so that is a plus,” he said.
Here’s a tell: He said the schools with nearby clinics and teaching hospitals will be a draw for him.
He also has no timeline in mind for his decision.
“It will be a couple of games into the season so I can watch the teams in action,” he said. “I want to see what each coach has put together.”
He has a sound head on his shoulders but also is clearly plugged into the competitive nature of the game.
“It is an adrenaline rush I don’t get anywhere else,” he said. “I love everything about it. The hot days of practice. Playing under the Friday night lights. The crowds and especially the sound of my pads clashing with another player. It is really an indescribable feeling. It’s me and mine (high school team) against you and yours.”
He plays for the Vikings. That clearly matters to him.
“We are Vikings,” he said. “When we do the Viking walk before each game, it’s like me and my brothers are going into battle. My motto on my Twitter describes it perfectly.”
That motto atop his social media account reads: “Smile at the sight of competition.”
“The competition makes you better and forces you to step up your game,” he said.
Where does he fit into Georgia’s multiple front? The Bulldogs prefer the odd-front but the SEC is basically a nickel league. Tindall’s athleticism allows him to cross-train at both LB spots.
That said, height and length are usually what UGA hopes to line up out on the edges of its defensive front.
Overtime on Tommy Tremble
It was a touching moment. Tremble can be a UGA legacy. Yet he also made it clear that his family will place those heartstrings aside.
This decision will check the boxes for both student and athlete. That’s sensible for a young man that has high-profile academic offers like Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn, Vanderbilt and Yale to sort through, too.
Tremble also shed some light about what Georgia plans to do at the tight end position for 2018. Georgia didn’t sign a tight end after scooping up two bonafide gems in Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner with its 2016 class.
George Takacs, a 3-star TE from Florida, is also a priority for UGA in 2018, too. Takacs told DawgNation that Georgia assistant coach Shane Beamer will accept his commitment at any time if he wants to play for UGA.
“They told me for this year they probably only want to take one of the more athletic tight ends which can run down the field,” Tremble said. “They only want to take one of those in my class and then another one that’s more of a blocking and an H-back kind of tight end. I think they are only going to take two tight ends this year.”
Takacs is the more polished receiver of the two. He’s one of two tight ends to “get open” at the Nike regional combines. The 6-foot-7 target has his ticket to the national showcase from Nike’s Oregon world headquarters in June.
Tremble could fill either of those roles. He doesn’t sound worried about UGA filling up at tight end before he’s ready to make his decision.
“I trust the (UGA) coaches,” he said. “They would tell me if they are not interested or it seems like they have found someone they feel they like a little better and it is not going to be me. They will give me a little hint so I can trust them if that gets to the point when they are about to fill up at tight end. I think they will let me know.”
Tremble said that UGA is an “up there” school for him that is growing on him. Fast. But he also balanced that out by describing how he’s also considering the offers from Minnesota, Tennessee and Vanderbilt at this time.