Introducing the 2005 Class: Chad Lindsey

Convincing a prospect to play college football away from home can be a challenging task. Yet, the comfort of playing in familiar surrounding can sometimes cause players to make a hasty decision. Chad Lindsey, who hails from Houston, felt at one time that he did want to play in the lone star state. Ultimately, he realized that this decision was made for the wrong reasons.

Before the 2005 recruiting season even started, the 6-0 210 Chad Lindsey made an oral commitment to Texas A&M in April of 2004. As time went by he regretted that move, and eventually changed his mind. "I didn't want to be too close to home," said Cypress Ridge's Defensive Most Valuable Player. "I didn't think I was gonna like it there. It was one of those things where a lot of coaches told me what to do and I wasn't thinking on my own."

Houston, Texas Tech, Florida, and Iowa State were other schools that Lindsey was seriously considering aside from Arizona State. However, despite playing in one of the largest metropolitans in the nation, nearby powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma snubbed him.

"I felt disrespected for a little while," remarked Lindsey who was a unanimous choice first-team all-District 17 5A at linebacker. "But then I thought to myself that I will show them what they missed. That's gonna motivate me to play better."

Former Sun Devil defensive coordinator Brent Guy was the first ASU coach to make contact with Lindsey, and recruited him for many months until he left when hired for the head coach position at Utah State. Lindsey formed a strong relationship with Guy, and his departure did let some doubts creep in.

"I thought about changing my mind when Coach Guy left," Lindsey admitted. "But something told me to stick with my decision and I did. Then I got to know coach Miller, and I really liked him. If he can coach Ray Lewis and get him to the next level, maybe he can do that for me too (smile)."

Lindsey also cited his relationship with a former Houston area linebacker and current Sun Devil Jamar Williams, as being influential in his decision. "Jamar talked to me and told me what a good program it was," Lindsey commented. "He came up through the program and became a starter, and I feel that if he can do it so can I." Another strong selling point is the fact that Williams was coached (just like another ASU newcomer - Chris Baloney) by Gary Thiebaud who coached Lindsey at Cypress Ridge.

The linebacker registered 75 tackles, one quarterback sack, nine tackles for loss and two pass breakups as a senior, and even showed some versatility scoring a touchdown on a 46-yard fake punt. "I have good natural instincts, strength and speed," Lindsey said as he described his skills. "But I need to get better on those skills too."

Lindsey has qualified academically, and plans to attend the team's bridge program later this month, as well as the summer conditioning program. In the meantime, he's following a workout program sent to him by the Sun Devil coaches. "I like the way Arizona State works out," he exclaimed. "That's my type of workout."

While the linebacker core has many returning players, it appears that Lindsey's chances of not redshirting may be better than expected. "Coach Miller said that he has big plans for me, and I better be ready (smile)," said Lindsey who is pegged to play the Devil backer position. "I like this defense because it's aggressive. That's my kind of football."

And this is the kind of player that the maroon and gold like to have on the defensive side…

Recruit Profile

Name

Chad Lindsey

High School

Cypress Ridge (Houston, Tex.)

Position

LB

Height

6-0

Weight

210

Date of Birth

6/2/87

Birthplace

Houston, Tex.

Nickname

"BC – Big Chad"

Favorite TV Show

"Anything on ESPN."

Favorite Movie

"The Butterfly Effect."

Favorite Singer/Band

"Lil' Wayne"

Favorite Food

"Pizza"

Favorite Drink

"Dr. Pepper"

Favorite Athlete

"Allen Iverson"

Favorite Pro Team

"Miami Heat"

Person you most admire

"Michael Jordan. He put so much hard work into it, and showed everyone how to get to the top."

First Football Memory

"My first play in Pop Warner. I tried to run the ball back, I got tackled and broke my pinkie."

One Thing most people don't know about me

"I got a split personality (smile). I have a cool side and a crazy side. The crazy side is the one you see on the field (smile)."

Why did you choose ASU?

"I can make it to the next level."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"Hopefully in the NFL. If that doesn't work out, I'd like to be an architect."

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