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Channing Tindall returning to Florida
The nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker will make one last visit to Florida before deciding on a school.
Channing Tindall, a 4-star recruit from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., told SEC Country he plans to check out The Swamp on a September Saturday before he announces his commitment at the end of next month.
“I want to go down there for a game,” Tindall said, with Northern Colorado (Sept. 9) and Tennessee (Sept. 16) being the potential dates. “I want to get to know them a little more and learn about their front seven. The D-line plays a big part for the linebackers, so I just want to see how that’s going to work.”
Tindall first visited Florida on April 10 and returned to Gainesville last month for Friday Night Lights, where he worked with Gators linebacker coach Tim Skipper, his primary recruiter.
“I love Coach Skip,” Tindall said. “We sat down for a little bit. He just talked to me about the different schemes and some of the stuff that he looks at and it just amazed me. I don’t want to get into all of that, but it just amazed me. … I feel comfortable, like home, there.
“The one thing I was worried about is Florida just wanted me as a downhill player at first, but then when they took the time to show me the film, their linebackers are versatile, just like I like, so that was a big up for me.”
The hometown South Carolina Gamecocks lead for Tindall and Auburn is in second place. The Gators have some ground to make up, but there could be a wildcard in Tindall’s recruitment.
Tindall, who is ranked the top player at his position by 247Sports, could be a packed deal with a 4-star linebacker from Athens, Ga.
“On these recruiting trips and camps I’ve really bonded with Richard Jibunor. We plan on making one more trip down to Florida. He’s very aggressive. He’s fast, like agile — everything,” Tindall said of Jibunor, who holds a Gators offer and named them in his top 9 last month. “Other linebackers, we work well, but with him, we’ve got a better connection. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s just there.”
SEC Country reporter Hale McGranahan contributed to this report.
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