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Four-star outside linebacker Channing Tindall took an official visit to see UGA last weekend. He also got to see the team practice for the first time.

UGA recruiting: 4-star target Channing Tindall breaks down his 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 blog on early national signing day eve takes a look at 4-star linebacker Channing Tindall

Channing Tindall was one of many talented players who took their official visits to UGA over the weekend. It was his second official visit in his recruiting process.

He made his first official visit to Auburn for The Iron Bowl, and it did not disappoint. The Tigers are clearly in the running for Tindall. A lot of the focus tilts toward Georgia and South Carolina in this recruiting race, but that might not be the whole picture. The Tigers are clearly in it.

Tindall has a close bond with Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams. For many reasons. Tindall said he continues to view that relationship as the tightest connection he has with a recruiter.

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Channing Tindall rates as the nation’s No. 5 OLB on the 247Sports composite rankings for 2018. If he chooses UGA, he likely will play inside linebacker. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

The nation’s No. 5 LB prospect does not expect to sign or even commit during the early period.

In Athens over the weekend, he was surrounded by all those 5-stars who could wind up as his teammates.

“I always have fun when I’m at Georgia,” Tindall said. “So it was fun. The highlight of it had to be watching them practice. They have this competition thing.”

He got to see some call-out drills. Coach Kirby Smart was the conductor for those high-energy reps that saw running backs vs. linebackers, tight ends vs. linebackers and so on.

“It doesn’t matter what position you play,” Tindall said. “You are going to get in those one-on-ones. … Everybody is yelling and getting all excited. That has to be my highlight. Just seeing all the energy.”

It was the first time that Tindall had seen the Bulldogs practice.

RELATED: Check out the early signing day primer from DawgNation

What about that hospital visit to see Azeez Ojulari? 

Channing Tindall was a part of a group that went to see UGA commit Azeez Ojulari after his surgery on his right knee over the weekend.

Justin Fields was there. So was Kearis Jackson. Trey Hill also was on hand.

That photo includes three UGA commits and a major target for the program in 2018 at Ojulari’s bedside. Why did Tindall want to be there?

“I first met Azeez at one of my very first camps or whatnot,” Tindall said. “So we have formed kind of a bond there. Then after he committed to Georgia, he was the first person there besides Justin Fields and Kearis Jackson and all of them to actually try to recruit me to go there.”

Tindall wanted to be there for his friend.

“Just seeing him in the hospital made me sad to see him like that,” he said. “I just had to support him because he has done a lot for me. Just building me up. Trying to help me. We’ve worked with one another trying to become the best athletes that we can.

“I had to go see my brother really. To see how he was doing. It was really just that simple.”

Tindall said he hoped to see the “home feel” and learn the feelings of the Georgia recruits about the program.

“I did get that,” he said. “Everyone was very busy. But somehow they kind of all stuck together as brothers. I kind of liked that. It was sort of how we all stuck together to go see Azeez. Just like that. To support each other and get through things.”

He said the staff has told him that he would line up at inside linebacker if he chooses to play for the Bulldogs.

A little more on that Tommy Bush official visit

If you read the Intel yesterday, you know that 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush and his family had themselves a weekend. His official visit to UGA was extended by a day and a half because of the power outages that crippled Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday evening.

“It feels like I have been at the airport in Atlanta probably half my time on my official visit,” Bush said.

That story reflected some first-class treatment by the UGA staff helping out through that adversity.  

The family made it back home to Texas at 3 p.m. Monday.

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Tommy Bush and his family finally made it back to Texas late Monday afternoon after their visit with Georgia coach Kirby Smart. (Tommy Bush/Twitter)

Bush weighed in at 190 pounds at UGA. That was up about 5 pounds from what he played at during his senior season.

Javon Wims was one of his hosts. The Bulldogs see him in the same type of role Wims has in the offense.

“[Wims] spoke to me and got everything 100 percent real,” said Bush, who plans to study sports management in college. “I spoke to him about practice and how they do things over there. He was pretty genuine about everything.”

Bush wears No. 11. That will be hard to do at Georgia with that SEC championship quarterback wearing that number.

“That’s the last thing I’m worried about, to be honest with you,” Bush said. “I would try to get No. 11, but I don’t even care about that.”

Where does Tommy Bush stand in his recruiting process? 

Bush was asked to describe his recruitment up to this point.

“It definitely didn’t go the way I thought it would go,” Bush said. “It has been a lot crazier than I thought it would be. But at the end of the day, it has been a blessing. I appreciate all of it. I am looking forward to making that decision and committing to the right school for me.”

His other two official visits ― Nebraska and Michigan State ― occurred on game weekends. Bush said the facilities at the schools are somewhat the same, so he looked at the intagibles.

“You have to pay attention to the people,” Bush said. “The people are what makes those visits different.”

Bush saw the Bulldogs practice. He said they practiced hard.

“They have a lot of intensity and competition there,” Bush said. “I was told that was a laid-back practice, so they definitely are going to go at it when they do.”

He said distance from home will not play a factor in his choice. He said he wishes, though, that he could’ve seen a game at UGA.

Bush said Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ole Miss have been recruiting him the hardest. He will be at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

A good read from 247Sports on the Jacob Eason storyline

Georgia No. 2 quarterback Jacob Eason said all the right things after the SEC Championship Game victory against Auburn. The Georgia locker room was open to all reporters for 30 minutes, and the former 5-star Eason impressed a lot of people with his attitude.

Eason placed the focus on this season. His team. Rightfully so. The Bulldogs still have two very big games to win.

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What will the emergence of Jake Fromm (left) ultimately mean for former 5-star QB Jacob Eason (right) and his UGA career? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Chris Hummer of 247Sports spoke to Eason’s high school coach and produced the proper narrative regarding all things Eason. A lot of those quotes have been aggregated over a lot of web pages. DawgNation also chronicled those.

But a few nuggets in his piece deserve a little more attention. I learned something that will help all of us understand the recent path of all those Elite 11 QBs going forward.

Here’s another link to it. I just want to be sure to give him his due. I’m going to break out the following stats. It should help us all reset the bar of everyone’s expectations about any projections for the next big thing at quarterback.

  • According to FOX Sports, 46.9 percent of 4-star and 5-star quarterbacks from 2011-14 transferred at least once.
  • Elite 11 quarterbacks transferred at a 52.6 percent rate from 2009-13.
  • From 2010-16, just 13 quarterbacks earned a 5-star ranking. College football has seen significant migration across those careers. If Eason decides to transfer from Georgia, he will be the ninth transfer from that pool of 13.

I was not aware of that. Those trends are something that all of us should keep in mind regarding the recruitment of all those big-time QBs.

Another glance at the big targets for Wednesday

The new early signing period is upon us. What does the schedule look like for Wednesday for major announcements?

I will Ctrl-V the DawgNation roadmap that has shown up across a few blogs amid our coverage this week.

Here’s the latest on the schedule for Wednesday. All times are Eastern. There are more signings no doubt, but I’m including a lot of the major uncommitted targets for this guide.

10 a.m., approximately: 4-star Georgia RB commit James Cook: The Florida speedster, the subject of a recent Signee 101 for DawgNation, is set to sign with UGA from Northwestern High in Miami. He took a late official visit to FSU, but his mother declared that it was nothing serious.

10 a.m., approximately: 5-star defensive end/outside linebacker target Micah Parsons: Landof10’s Tyler Donohue tells DawgNation that the last update he got on the Pennsylvania standout was that he planned to announce his choice sometime after 10 a.m. from the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

10 a.m., approximately: 4-star cornerback Divaad Wilson: He will make his college announcement from Northwestern High School in Miami. Wilson rates as the nation’s No. 32 cornerback and the No. 334 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite ranking. He was a one-time Florida commit.

10 a.m.: 5-star offensive guard target Jamaree Salyer: Salyer will make his announcement at the Sports and Social event from The Battery Atlanta near SunTrust Park. It should boil down to Clemson or Georgia.

Noon: 5-star quarterback commit Justin Fields: The nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB will sign at a ceremony at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

Noon: 4-star UGA cornerback commit Chris Smith II: Smith will sign at this hour at the Sports and Social event from The Battery Atlanta. His Hapeville Charter squad won the state championship over the weekend.

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Could 5-star Cade Mays join Adam Anderson at UGA? If so, he could be the fourth prospect with that ranking in the class. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

12:30 p.m.: 5-star Georgia OLB commit Adam Anderson: Anderson will sign with UGA at the Sports and Social event from The Battery Atlanta. There was some uncertainty about that, but he is set to make it official.

2:30-3 p.m.: 5-star offensive tackle target Cade Mays: Mays will announce sometime in this time range on ESPNU from Knoxville Catholic in Tennessee. It should boil down to Clemson or Georgia.

3-3:30 p.m.: 5-star defensive end target Brenton Cox: He took the last of probably about 15 trips to UGA over the weekend. This one comes down to Alabama or Georgia. His announcement also will air on ESPNU.

4-4:30 p.m.: 5-star DE/OLB target KJ Henry: The nation’s No. 3 weakside DE ranks on the 247Sports composite as the No. 8 overall prospect for 2018. DawgNation deems Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech to be the primary horses in his top 5. ESPNU shows up here again.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed faster than Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith can find the football after the snap.

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