Spring Valley’s Channing Tindall has made his decision.
No, Tindall hasn’t decided where he will play college football next year. But the highly-touted linebacker announced Thursday he will play in the U.S. Army All-American game Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
Tindall also had considered playing in the Under Armour All-American game.
“Many men in my family served in the military including my father,” Tindall said on why he chose to play in the Army game.
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Tindall is a four-star prospect by recruiting services and has become a hot commodity for colleges in the past several months. South Carolina is in the mix for Tindall along with several other SEC schools.
Tindall attended Auburn’s Big Cat weekend. Former Spring Valley standout Travis Williams is linebackers coach for the Tigers.
“I got a better experience this visit,” Tindall told AL.com about his visit to Auburn. “We didn’t talk a lot about football because it was a fun day, Big Cat day, but my favorite part was getting know all the coaches. To me, stepping in from senior year out to college is like your first step because you’re kind of still like a child living with your parents, it’s like you’re stepping into manhood.
“Coach T-Will, being someone I know from Columbia, is kind of like another father figure on your shoulders, so you’re not in there by yourself.”
Tindall will participate in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis. He also has been invited to next month’s The Opening at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Tindall had 144 tackles and eight sacks during his first full year as linebacker last season.