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Brandon Lindsey from Aliquippa, Pa., is ranked as the No. 27 linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com and says he will take an official visit to Ohio State this fall. Lindsey is considering a list of eight schools.
Brandon Lindsey, a talented linebacker prospect from Aliquippa, Pa., continues to show interest in Ohio State, as well as many of the region's other top programs.
"I really don't have a top five, but I'm looking at Maryland, Boston College, Pitt, West Virginia, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and that's about it," Lindsey said.
Lindsey is ranked as the No. 27 linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com and all of the eight schools on his list have offered him a scholarship. He knew plenty of big-time offers would be coming his way, but he didn't expect it to happen so soon.
"I'm not really surprised, because I knew what I could do, but I'm surprised that I got so much hype and so many offers so quick," he said.
When asked if it will be tough getting him to leave Pennsylvania, Lindsey said: "I wouldn't say it's going to be tough, but Ohio State is a little closer and that wouldn't be too hard, but I'm going to give the hometown schools a look first."
Lindsey (6-2, 220, 4.6) racked up 92 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior in 2005. He is also a punishing running back who piled up 1,234 yards and 19 touchdowns on 166 carries (7.4 yards per carry).
"Pretty much all the schools are recruiting me as a linebacker – like Ohio State – but there's a chance I could play some running back in college too," Lindsey said.
Aliquippa High School is a very good program in a talent-rich state.
"We should win state this year if we do it right," Lindsey said. "Last year we lost in the first round of the playoffs. We were 8-2."
Lindsey will be entering his third year as a varsity starter in 2006.
He was asked what stands out about Ohio State.
"Tradition, great tradition and they are always competitive," he said. "The head coach, (Jim) Tressel seems like a cool guy. And my recruiter from Ohio State, Joe Daniels, he's a cool guy."
Lindsey has been to OSU's campus, but not as a football recruit.
"No, not yet," he said. "My mom worked for Ohio State, so I've been there, but I haven't taken any visits yet. I'm definitely going to take an official visit to Ohio State for one of the games this fall.
"My mom worked for the university hospital for about eight months."
One might think that Penn State would be on Lindsey's list of five official visits, but he says that's not necessarily the case.
"I'm not even sure if I'll take an official visit to Penn State. I'll probably take an unofficial because it's not far from me."
Lindsey is in no rush to make a decision. He will wait until after his high school season. "Yeah, definitely after the season sometime," he said.
Lindsey reports a 3.4 overall GPA and a 910 on the SAT. He has not taken the ACT.
Here is Scout.com's scouting report on Lindsey:
"Lindsey shows good size, quickness and excellent speed, especially north and south. He displays good range in the open field and can be physical. As a running back, Lindsey is a straight ahead back that runs with power (reminds you of former Michigan State and current Atlanta Falcon running back T.J. Duckett). Overall, he looks like a talented player that could emerge as a strongside or middle linebacker. Lindsey has a nice frame that could add weight."
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