Chad Lindberg is Texas-sized. He eats an “everything is bigger” breakfast. Throws the shot put big. The 6-foot-6.5, 325-pound rising senior even has a Texas-ish grade-point average.
He’s the lastest Texas-sized brick in Sam Pittman’s “Great Wall” for Georgia for the 2020 class. Ironically, his choice replaced another 4-star OL who was supposed to sign with the program out of Texas.
An abrupt decommitment came about, but that didn’t mean Pittman couldn’t find another Texan for that post in Lindberg.
The stout guard-tackle hybrid from Clear Creek High in East Texas, shared his decision to commit to Georgia on Sunday evening across his social media. He rates as the nation’s No. 14 OT and No. 133 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) July 28, 2019
Lindberg chose the Bulldogs over strong interest in LSU, Southern California, Texas, Texas A&M and Southern California. Those were his five official visits.
This recruiting story goes back quite some time. Definitely farther back than his spring official visit back at the end of May.
He told DawgNation at the “Future 50” event at the Under Armour All-American Game back in January that he was already feeling a certain type of way about Pittman and the Bulldogs.
That continued across a visit earlier this year.
Pittman was in his answer about how he felt about UGA after the visit. That name popped again in regard to what he learned the most about the program on this specific tour.
When asked what he was thinking about as his car pulled away from the facility, it wasn’t a broken record. This is 2019. Let’s call it a playlist answer on repeat.
“An answer to all three is I could see myself playing for Georgia under coach Pittman and being very successful,” he said.
It seems that every recruit is able to ascertain something specific that they like about Pittman. Lindberg was certainly able to do that.
Lindberg has his own there.
“His recent history of turning high potential, low skill guys into first-round picks,” Lindberg told DawgNation. “He’s figured out how to develop.”
The position fit at Georgia sounds typical with the 2020 class. The Bulldogs will now try to sign five offensive linemen for this class. The missing piece would be 4-star Louisiana center Sedrick Van Pran. He remains undecided in his choice.
“Pittman sees me as a tackle mainly but plays his guys all around the ball,” Lindberg told DawgNation.
Getting to know Chad Lindberg
It seems everything is bigger in Texas, including his breakfast. His daily ritual has included a morning intake of two glasses of milk, three eggs and Texas-sized portions of bacon and sausage.
That extends to his grade-point average.
He cited a 5.43 weighted grade-point average on his Twitter bio earlier this year. That is accomplished by taking weighted Advanced Preparatory classes.
The 5.43 GPA caught more attention than his 55-foot-plus heaves with the shot put. Lindberg was asked to kindly share a little more light on that one.
He even provided his class standing at Clear Creek High in East Texas.
“We’re on a 6.0 scale,” he explained earlier this year. “Its actually gone down to a 5.38 but I rank 27 out of 581.”
Check out this attention-grabbing film clip from Lindberg back as a sophomore in 2017.
Necessary roughness pic.twitter.com/S8IjXGRR3G
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) October 22, 2017
Lindberg was offered by Pittman and Georgia back in April of 2018. He felt back in January that other schools were recruiting him harder at the start of the year, but noticed that Pittman and the staff really picked things up after the 2019 class was signed.
In that class, he has a mutual friend. Freshman ILB Rian “Trouble” Davis competed against Lindberg when he played high school football in Texas in his junior year. Those two have maintained a friendship since then.
Remember that line about the big-boy shot put? He’s recorded throws of more than 55 feet in that discipline.
He will be the first member of his family to play college football.
Lindberg also becomes the 15th member of the 2020 class for the Bulldogs.