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More on Tindall
For the last year or so, Channing Tindall has been learning how to play football without his hand on the ground.
The 2018 prospect from Columbia, S.C.. began his career as a defensive end at Spring Valley High School before moving to linebacker last season.
“Really, the transition wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be, because of the way we set our scheme up, to keep people off of him, so that he can run,” Spring Valley inside linebackers coach Mitch Moton said.
“Now we’re working on him and the physicality of it, getting off blocks and recognizing blocks, how to fill gaps. But, because of his athleticism, it was an easy transition for him to get his hand out of the dirt and to just hunt the football.”
Several schools have taken notice. Along with South Carolina, Tindall lists offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Notre Dame.
Because of his experience rushing the passer and playing against the run, Moton believes Tindall would fit best as a strong-side outside linebacker. However, Tindall was said to possess the necessary leadership traits and IQ to play inside linebacker.
“You get the best of both worlds if you get him,” Moton said. “I think a lot of people, because of his long arms and rangy, are probably recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but he can definitely play inside and call your defense for you, too. He’s very versatile.”
Tindall’s planning to announce his college decision right before next season.
“I want a family-oriented team. Basically, they just won’t be like a coach. I can talk to them outside of school about my problems or what’s going on, kind of like a father (and) mentor,” Tindall said. “I know, some schools, you can’t take up certain majors because it might interfere with football. I want to go to a school where I can take my same major (kinesiology) and still play football.”
Wherever he ends up, Moton said that program will be adding a “great kid.”
“He’s got a great foundation at home. His mother and father do a good job with him and the biggest plus for him is that he’s very coachable,” Moton said. “He’s very humble, very coachable, the type of kid who’s going to ask questions. He’s going to study the game and he wants to be good.”
More on Jones
Four-star (247Sports) outside linebacker Mikel Jones landed his offer from South Carolina just more than a week ago.
It was an important development for Jones, a 2019 prospect from Mater Academy Charter in Miami. He has family near the South Carolina campus in Columbia. There’s also some down I-26 in Holly Hill and up I-77 in Charlotte, N.C.
“When I do decide, (South Carolina is) going to be up there,” Jones said. “They should be in the top 5, because I really like the school and I have family that lives in South Carolina and they like the school, too.”
On April 7, he’s scheduled to visit Clemson. A trip to South Carolina could be squeezed in, too.
The Gamecocks last hosted him in the summer for a couple of sessions at Muschamp Camp.
“I’m going to do a lot of camps, try to get into a big all-star game my senior year,” Jones said of his agenda as a senior. “If not (at) an all-star game, (I’ll sign on) signing day or probably before, but sometime between there, in the middle of my senior year.”
Wednesday: Updating weekend visitors, D-tackle targets