Channing Tindall, nation’s No. 5 OLB, previews UGA official visit
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Thursday calls for a chat with 4-star OLB Channing Tindall. The South Carolina native is one of the biggest remaining targets on the board for the Bulldogs in 2018.
Channing Tindall is set to take his official visit to Georgia this weekend.
It will be his second official visit. Tindall also took an eye-opening trip to Auburn last month for the Iron Bowl. The nation’s No. 5 prospect according to the 247Sports composite, Tindall also has made it to Georgia on at least two occasions for unofficial visits.
Tindall is a straightforward recruit. He’s had his eyes on Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina for an extended period of time.
Just a top 3. Nothing really confusing. His process actually seems very focused compared to most.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound player has been told he could play inside or outside linebacker at UGA. But he seems to be best suited to play on the inside.
If he chooses UGA, he could fill that “Roquan” position in the scheme going forward.
Tindall’s short-space quickness is elite and could be termed as explosive. He ran a 4.19 short shuttle at Nike’s The Opening Atlanta regional in March. The 4-star prospect also threw the power ball 45 feet. His vertical leap of 39.6 inches was impressive.
He told DawgNation he does not plan to sign during the early period and will not enroll early. Why?
He wants to chase a state title with his Spring Valley High School (Columbia, S.C.) track team this spring. Tindall will run the 200 meters for his Vikings, but he specializes in the discus and shot put.
Is there a slight change of plan for Channing Tindall?
The U.S. Army All-American is toying with the idea of making a commitment prior to the customary February signing day.
“The whole process has been kind of overwhelming for me at this point,” Tindall said. “There have just been different coaches coming in and out right now. But South Carolina, Auburn and Georgia have been my top 3. I will be making my decision before I go to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.”
It is also worth noting that he did grow up a UGA fan in a house divided with Gamecocks.
“[I] grew up a Georgia fan,” he said. “My mother and all her sisters went to the University of South Carolina. My father was a Georgia fan and grew up in Augusta.”
Georgia made a push for Tindall this week. Kirby Smart and coaches Glenn Schumann and Mel Tucker paid him an in-home visit in Columbia.
What does he want to see out of his official visit to Georgia?
“I’ve already seen the facilities and already talked to the coaches and whatnot and have seen where everyone and their heads are at,” he said. “What I’m really looking for is just building relationships. Getting to talk to the players one-on-one and see how that home feel is like for them. I want to see that life for a player at Georgia. I want to see what is going on over there and whether they all like it personally.”
Where does Channing Tindall stand with his decision?
Tindall described the in-home visit with UGA as “great.”
“Just to see coach [Kirby] Smart right after they won the SEC championship was good,” he said. “It was also good to see coach [Glenn] Schumann and coach [Mel] Tucker again. Those are all good and real genuine people.”
He even picked up some personal nuggets of information: Tucker values honey butter at the dinner table the way he might a 5-star cornerback in his scheme.
Auburn and South Carolina remain in contention. Tindall touts that his closest recruiting relationship continues to be with Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams.
He said he plans to study sports medicine and indicated South Carolina’s top-rated school in that field was the best academic fit among his options.
How does he feel about Georgia?
“It seems like Georgia and South Carolina have been more consistent with me with contact and whatnot and then just going through during the summer when I went to different camps,” he said. “I really do like coach Schumann as a coach and I really feel that I have already learned a lot from him. I feel like he has the tools necessary to take my game to the next level.”
Tindall said that the Bulldogs see him as an inside linebacker.
It is a tough race for Tindall. He said Williams would regularly watch his game tapes on Hudl and point out a correction or a better technique he might use in a certain situation.
“T-Will is probably the No. 1 reason why I am considering Auburn,” Tindall said.
The big push from South Carolina is that it’s home.
“The main attraction for me to South Carolina is just staying at home and making a difference for my town,” he said. “I look back at what the basketball team has done for the town and the baseball team. Just that experience of winning and competing for a national championship for your hometown has to be a great feeling. Just to stay home and do something for your town that has done so much for you.”
A quick note about 5-star RB Zamir White
Zamir White, as most who stop by this space knew at least two years ago, is the nation’s No. 1 RB and a rare talent in any class. We noted Wednesday that he will be a part of the collection of 5-star prospects in Athens this weekend on his official visit.
It will be his only official visit. White committed to UGA on June 27.
He’s also recovering nicely from surgery to repair his torn right ACL. White vows to play this fall and is in good spirits. He’s just taking his recovery day-by-day and his physical therapy is going well.
White is one of those rare athletes. He walked without a limp after the injury and didn’t even know it was torn. He went bowling the day before his surgery.
I’ve been told that White plans to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 6, despite the injury. Following that, he is schedule to move to Athens and enroll in school.
Follow the in-home visits
This is the time of year to pay close attention to the travel schedule of Georgia’s coaches. The Bulldogs continue to make a big push for Texas wide receiver Tommy Bush. Bush has said he will not make his commitment during the early period and plans to wait until to Feb. 7.
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) December 14, 2017
It also looks as if UGA has support staff member Jay Valai on the road recruiting. This is likely related to the recent migration of assistant coach Kevin Sherrer to Tennessee since Georgia is, in effect, a man on the road.
So the Bulldogs are able to deputize a member of the staff to recruit off campus in his stead. Valai, it should be noted, is an excellent recruiter.
Valai has appeared in recent pictures from the road with Bush and with 4-star Michigan commit Otis Reese. Reese will play for his Lee County (Leesburg, Ga.) team in the state championship game on Friday night. He is a candidate to flip his recruitment and has made at least four trips to Athens since this summer.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) December 13, 2017
‘Tis the season for a few quick-hitters every day in the blog
- If you want to know which commits will sign early, this link showed up last month to help everyone out with that. The skinny is there are five UGA commits who will not put pen to paper in the early signing period Dec. 20-22. Those pledges are 5-star outside linebacker Adam Anderson, 3-star defensive back/linebacker Aaron Brule’, 4-star wide receiver Elijah Moore, 3-star defensive tackle Tramel Walthour and 3-star safety Rachad Wildgoose.
- There has been some indecision about what both 5-star QB Justin Fields and 4-star Jordan Davis will do. In the end, I think that both will sign early.
- Aaron Brule’ told DawgNation yesterday that there has not been a status change as of yet with his commitment. That said, he does have some thinking to do. The versatile 3-star defender caught a lot of attention yesterday with this tweet.
I️ will be postponing my signing until February 7. I’ve got some things I️ need to look into …..
— Aaron Brule' (@_AllOutAaron_) December 13, 2017
- In case you were Christmas shopping all day Wednesday, the news from 3-star DE Jaevon Becton also drew a lot of attention. I see why most feel situations like his are maybe the one thing that nobody really likes about the business side of college football recruiting.
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