Bigger in Texas: 6-foot-6 Chad Lindberg returns to UGA on Thursday
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. The play sheet today calls for a chance to preview an unofficial visit on Thursday by 6-foot-6 Texan Chad Lindberg.
“Go out and get a 6-foot-6 hoss from Texas, son.”
“Find one that is big who likes to play to the faintest echoes of that whistle.”
“Can we sign the top lineman out of Texas this year?”
“Would it be too much to find one that’s really smart, too?
“I’m looking for one that was already punishing guys back when he was a sophomore, too.”
Hmm. All of those lines could very well apply to Georgia and its pursuit of 4-star Texan Chad Lindberg. It does make it seem like Bulldog ace recruiter Sam Pittman aims to “Do More” on the recruiting trail, too.
Lindberg will be back at UGA on Thursday for his second visit. The first one included some priority attention last April. He garnered some 30 minutes of 1-on-1 time with head coach Kirby Smart.
He is on a Southeastern tour. That includes a visit to Clemson on Wednesday. Why does he want another look at UGA?
“Because it is a good school,” Lindberg told DawgNation. “I enjoy Athens and coach [Sam] Pittman and I’m good friends with 2019 early enrollee Rian Davis.”
That last part was interesting. Very Davis, who played his senior year in Central Florida, played two seasons during his prep career out in Texas.
That’s another benefit to elite signing out-of-state players for Georgia. Those ripples lead to ripples and ties to other out-of-state players. Elite ones, at that. What a coincidence.
Lindberg got to know Davis by competing against him when he played for Clear Lake High in Texas. The physical and active Davis earned his respect. The feeling was mutual.
“I got him locked up, though,” Lindberg joked about that meeting.
What’s his game about? He used the term “Necessary Roughness” to describe his style on his Twitter feed. Have to like that.
Bet Pittman really loves that.
The rank and file and film on 4-star OL Chad Lindberg
A few clicks will yield a trove of data points in regard to the 4-star prospect out of Clear Creek High in East Texas. Clear Creek is almost right at Nassau Bay.
Want an attention-grabbing film clip from a tweet? He had one way back in October of 2017. That is a sophomore clip for him below.
Necessary roughness pic.twitter.com/S8IjXGRR3G
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) October 22, 2017
Lindberg saw UGA about a year ago. He pulled an offer along that trip.
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) April 7, 2018
He rates as the nation’s No. 8 OT and the No. 59 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite.
The popular 247Sports “Crystal Ball” feature pegs him at 100 percent to Texas with eight predictions at this time. It will be a tough pull for Pittman, for sure.
But not any tougher than 5-star Cade Mays out of Tennessee or 5-star Clay Webb out of Alabama or 5-star Isaiah Wilson out of New York.
I was able to garner a few interesting tidbits about Mr. Lindberg:
- Lists at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds
- Rates as the top OL in Texas for 2020
- Cites a 5.43 weighted grade-point average on his Twitter bio. That is accomplished by taking weighted Advanced Preparatory classes.
- He is a multi-sport athlete. Lindberg will not enroll early. He aims to better his 55 feet, two-inch heave in the shot put.
- To place that into perspective, that’s right at seven feet farther than what 5-star DL signee Travon Walker did last year when he finished eighth in GHSA Class 4A throwing the shot.
- Lindberg has been nationally ranked in the shot put.
- His daily ritual has included a morning intake of two glasses of milk, three eggs and Texas-sized portions of bacon and sausage.
- He’s been invited to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-American Game
What the clicks won’t tell you about Chad Lindberg
What’s that popular line from the movie “Django Unchained” from Leonardo DiCaprio? A subject for his character had his interest, but then things escalated.
Something then grabbed his attention.
That seems evident after picking this nugget up from Lindberg in January.
He felt Georgia wasn’t an upper-tier school for him in terms of interest. At least not yet.
The Bulldogs had potential but were only knocking on the door a bit with that. Why was that?
“I don’t feel like Georgia recruits me as hard as some of those other schools,” he said.
Let’s just say that Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M were after him with both six-shooters. When the last class was signed, that was sort of a “Say When” moment with Pittman and UGA.
The recruiting interest from UGA picked up. A lot.
“Picked up as soon as 2019 was locked in,” Lindberg said.
The big Texan went about his recruiting research the way bright mind with a 5.43 GPA would.
He assessed Pittman as a “funny guy” and went back and forth on academics with Smart.
Those were good sessions, but he dug a little deeper.
“Then I talked to some of the players there and they all liked him a lot,” he said. “I don’t know if they were just saying that for sure, but they really seemed to like it.”
He liked the coaches he got to visit with on his last trip. Lindberg rated the facilities at UGA among the best he has seen, too.
What does his timeline look like?
“Ideally before the season,” Lindberg said. “But if I don’t feel like it then I’ll push it back. If I feel like it sooner, then I will pull it forward.”
Georgia can position itself for an official if things go well on his upcoming trip. Lindberg hopes to use his officials for long-distance trips.
“I’d like to spend some of my officials on some farther schools and for them and for me it is one of the farther schools away that I like,” Lindberg said. “So it wouldn’t be a bad idea with that.”
Lindberg will be the first member of his family to play college football.
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