COLUMBIA, S.C. — Linebacker Channing Tindall, the No. 8 overall player from the state and a 3-star prospect, thinks a lot of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.
Tindall, who is also listed by Rivals as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class, believes Muschamp is an “incredible” coach.
“I call him the defensive guru,” Tindall told SEC Country at Spring Valley High School. “He knows almost everything. We have a pretty good relationship, building more on that each day. I get a call or text from him almost every week, so our relationship is pretty strong.”
Muschamp and the Gamecocks have plenty of competition. In recent weeks, Tindall added offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Notre Dame.
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Tindall probably will return to South Carolina on April 1 for the spring game. He also wants to ride down to Gainesville for Florida’s.
Trips to Penn State and Notre Dame are in the works, but Tindall competes in the shot put and discus, so his commitments at Spring Valley will probably delay those to later in the spring or summer.
South Carolina last had him on campus in February for junior day, which coincided with spring practice.
“I got to see one of my old rivals from Richland Northeast, T.J. Brunson, so it was great seeing how (linebackers) coach (Coleman) Hutzler actually broke down the defense and the different drills they did,” Tindall said. “They had one drill where you just sit there and try to deflect the ball, which I thought was really interesting. … But I was really impressed by what I saw.”
The more Tindall visits South Carolina, the more he gets to know Brunson, who is expected to start at middle linebacker this fall.
“Back then, we knew each other but we were mostly rivals. But every time I come visit USC, he usually comes (and) talks to me. He usually tells me about the pros and cons of what he likes about South Carolina,” Tindall said. “He always has good things to say that I like, so I look toward him a lot — since he’s played on the same field that I’ve played on — for good advice on the program.”