Channing Tindall

Offer Alert: Channing Tindall

Clark Lea and Mike Elko headed back to the Carolinas for its latest outside linebacker offer. Three-star prospect Channing Tindall, who piled up 121 tackles as a junior, landed a scholarship Monday. He could help the Irish in several ways.

Class of 2018
Position: Outside linebacker
Top offers: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Perhaps the biggest question with Tindall is where to use his talents. Tindall lines up mostly at middle linebacker and defensive end for Spring Valley High. As a linebacker, Tindall shows confidence reading plays and pursuing ball carriers. He’s got plenty of speed and flashes it off the edge as a hand-in-the-ground pass rusher. Tindall doesn’t lack for technique either, beating one offensive tackle clean with his hands then chasing down the quarterback. Is he a defensive end in college? Linebacker? Rover in Mike Elko’s 4-2-5 scheme? All seem like possibilities. No need to box Tindall in at this point. He piled up 121 tackles, 15 for a loss and eight sacks as a junior.

“Georgia is a school I've been interested in and my father is from there, so I know a little bit about them. I’m excited to continue to develop a relationship with the coaches and I'll probably go back and visit again in the summer.” — Tindall, after recently visiting Georgia

Recent offers from Florida and Georgia have started to crowd the field for Tindall. South Carolina, as the in-state program that’s offered, could very well be the favorite. Clemson hasn’t offered a scholarship.

Clark Lea, Mike Elko 

Well, it depends on where exactly the Irish staff sees Tindall playing down the line. Elko and company already have linebacker commitments from Matthew Bauer and Ovie Oghoufo. Last cycle they capped the linebacker takes at two. But being position versatile means Tindall isn’t necessarily slotted as a pure linebacker. Elko will want to continue developing the depth chart at rover and has made it pretty clear in recent offers he’s trying to upgrade and bolster the roster in terms of pass rushers.

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