BUFORD, Ga. --- Earlier this month, Robin Bacon, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley head coach, instructed his defensive standout Channing Tindall to call North Carolina assistant coach Deke Adams.
"[Adams] was just talking about how he really liked my film and how they really like my playing style," Tindall said. "I played against his son when he was at Blythewood. [Adams] liked how versatile I was."
Adams then passed the phone to Larry Fedora, who proceeded to offer Tindall a scholarship. Over a dozen schools have offered the 6-foot-2, 213-pound linebacker, including Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and South Carolina. Most of his tenders were issued within the past couple of months.
"I would say my interest level [in UNC] is at a six right now," Tindall said. "I haven't gone there, so when I get there I'm going to have more one-on-one time with the coaches and actually get to see more about the program."
Since much of his upcoming schedule is consumed by his track season and showcase camps, Tindall won't be able to visit UNC until the summer.
"I know they have great academics, but I know some schools don't allow you to take certain majors because of football and I don't want a school that will only allow me to take certain majors," Tindall said. "And also, out of the coaches, I'm looking for more of a family place; so if I ever needed to talk to a coach about anything, I can go to him as kind of like a father figure."
Previously, Tindall has visited Auburn, Georgia, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.
"South Carolina, Auburn, and Georgia have caught my eye," Tindall said. "Florida is in the mix, as well, but I haven't visited there yet. I want to see how it is down there.
"I love the coaches [at those schools]; they are very adamant, they seem like they have a game plan on how to attack everything. And that's what I'm really looking for in a coach."
In addition to Florida and UNC, Tindall hopes to visit Notre Dame, Penn State, Washington, and return to Georgia this summer.
Tindall rotates between defensive end and linebacker for Spring Valley. UNC, like most schools, projects him to play linebacker -- it's just a matter of whether he's an inside or outside guy, which his growth will determine.
As a junior, Tindall recorded 121 tackles, including 15 for a loss and eight sacks.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a participant who had a better day during Sunday's Nike Opening Regional than Tindall. He was awarded the SPARQ MVP, for posting the highest SPARQ rating, the LB MVP, and an invitation to the Opening. The SPARQ rating is a scoring system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. His 125.25 SPARQ rating was formulated by recording a 39.6-inch vertical, a 4.19 20-yard shuttle, a 45-foot power ball toss, and a 4.86 40-yard dash.
"It's a dream come true -- that's all I can say," Tindall said. "I knew I was capable, but it was a matter of coming out here and doing what I was supposed to do. I had a goal and I conquered it."