Spring Valley LB Channing Tindall received his US Army All American Game jersey Thursday afternoon during a presentation ceremony in the school’s gym. Tindall said it was a great moment for him because his family has a military background. “This is kind of my way to support my parents for when they were in the military,” Tindall said in explaining why he chose to play in the Army game over the Under Armour All American Game to which he also was invited.
Tindall, who also will play in the Shrine Bowl and is a finalist for Mr. Football, remains one of the top uncommitted players in the country. He said the three main schools he’s looking at now are USC, Georgia and Florida and he won’t make his decision until the end of the year. He said this weekend he might take an unofficial visit either to Clemson or Georgia. Clemson was a recent offer and he said he does not expect the Tigers to become a major factor with him at this point.
“I’m focused on those straight three, I’m really just going to Clemson to see what they have to offer, but those are the three schools that I’m mainly looking at,” Tindall said. “I’m pretty sure I’m firm with those three schools.”
Tindall took an unofficial visit to Georgia last weekend.
“It was a crazy game, off the edge of my season kind of game,” Tindall said. “I was very excited that I got to see that. I felt that South Carolina played hard but I felt like Georgia had a better scheme and they just came off with the win to stay undefeated.”
“I grew up a Georgia fan, not a South Carolina fan, and the coaching staff (at Georgia) is what really impressed me,” Tindall continued. “Everything that they said they are going to do, even before the season they have done, and they show proof which is really impressive to me.”
Asked if Georgia is his favorite, Tindall replied, “Just going to have to wait and see what happens.” He added that a recent website story saying he basically had his mind made up was not correct. “No, it was three main schools, that was it. And thru those three main schools I was thinking maybe this or maybe that but not a specific school.”
Tindall said he will return to USC for one of the Gamecocks’ final home games but he’s not sure which one. He has not set dates for his official visits and he is planning to make his decision before the end of the year. And a big part of his decision will not be related to football.
“I really just want to go somewhere that is best suited for me, not just the school but the people there,” Tindall said. “See what type of people I interact with, seeing what they really have to offer in dealing with like majors and whatnot, those are the really big factors to me. I am thinking football, too, but there also things I’m thinking outside of football.”
Tindall said of the assistant coaches recruiting him, he has the closest relationship with Auburn’s Travis Williams, primarily because he is a former Spring Valley linebacker. But he also likes Coleman Hutzler of USC and Georgia’s Glenn Schumann.
Tindall talks recruiting after Army AA jersey presentation