Last December, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp made a beeline to Richland Northeast High School in Columbia to begin his recruiting of linebacker T.J. Brunson, who is now playing as a true freshman for the Gamecocks. Muschamp is now eyeing another linebacker in the same school district, junior Channing Tindall (6-foot-2, 206 pounds) of Spring Valley. Muschamp offered Tindall earlier in the week.
"I grew up attending games at South Carolina so it is mind blowing that I have been blessed with the opportunity to play at the same stadium where I attended games when I was younger," said Tindall who also plays tight end. "They really like that I'm aggressive. When running backs come through the middle, they like how I fill the gap. I read plays well and react quickly."
This season Tindall has 65 tackles and four sacks. He played defensive end last season and in six games he had seven sacks. He missed part of the season with a broken finger.
Tindall was at USC Sunday for the Georgia game. He also visited for the East Carolina game. Despite his excitement over the USC offer, Tindall doesn't plan to rush the process.
"I'm going to take my time thru the recruiting process and get a feel for all the coaches," he said. "I'm taking my time and looking at academics."
Tindall also has offers from Coastal Carolina and Mercer and he's drawing other interest from Clemson, Purdue, Penn State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan and Cal.