"South Carolina has really moved into my top spot because they started to recruit me a lot harder," said the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Linney. "State has kind of slacked off a little bit, and I'm starting to learn a lot more about South Carolina that I didn't know before. I don't know when I'm going to go visit them, but I'll probably go for the Tennessee game."
Linney is not counting out the Wolfpack just yet as he was able to make a game earlier in the year.
"I went to the opener against App, but I want to wait and see how their season goes this year."
With the season Linney is having, that could mean he waits to make a decision as a possible Shrine Bowl selection could come soon.
"I will wait to commit see if I make the Shrine Bowl. If I make that there will be a lot of coaches there, so I can get my name out there a little more."
Alexander Central is 5-0 on the year and undefeated this far into the season for the first time since 1983, a year in which the Cougars won the state championship, and Linney is a big part of that success.
"I'm averaging like three or four tackles a game and probably a sack a game. I'm getting cut a lot and a lot of double teams, but pretty much everything is going outside."