Linder Likes Three, But Listening To More

Brandon Linder can see himself continuing his education and football career at Notre Dame.

The four-star offensive tackle and top-100 player can also see himself doing the same thing at Florida and Miami. Besides those three programs, the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) standout is open to listening to other suitors.

On Sept. 1st, the first day college programs could officially offer scholarships to players in the class-of-2010, Brandon Linder got the three he wanted most when Charlie Weis, Urban Meyer and Randy Shannon all extended full-rides. While those three remain Linder's favorites, he is also listening to places like Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, LSU, Maryland and Boston College.

"I'm just watching how everything plays out," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Linder said. "Definitely researching more into those schools, and just starting to really talk with my parents and try and figure it out, because it's pretty crazy to make a decision."

A decision that Linder has no idea when it's going to come. He originally wanted to make a verbal commitment sometime before his senior season.

"I don't want to have that pressure on me," Linder stated. "Now, I really want to be able to make my decision, and make sure I'm making the right one. When the time comes, I'll make the decision."

This past season, Linder moved from center to left tackle, and helped the Raiders win a class 5-A state championship, as well as earn the No. 1 national ranking in ESPN Rise's final poll.

During the fall, Linder kind of pushed recruiting to the side, but he was able to attend games at all three of his favorite schools. During his bye week, Linder was in South Bend for the Michigan game. He also attended the Florida-LSU game, and the Miami-Florida State contest.

The game was Linder's second-ever trip to Notre Dame. He also camped during the summer.

"That was an amazing weekend," Linder said of the Michigan game. "I loved it a lot. Just the atmosphere is crazy. The team, it felt like they were united. Just great tradition with everything. It was a cool weekend."

One that made Linder feel like he fit in well.

"Just the type of people that are there," he said. "Just the atmosphere and stuff. The education is great, and that's a big thing for me."

Linder also thought he fit in well at both Florida and Miami.

"Each one was different," Linder said. "Right now in my mind, they're all the same and I'm open to other schools and everything. The big thing for me is education, and life after football, and it seems like Notre Dame has the best, so that's a positive for Notre Dame."

Linder, who wants to major in business, keeps in regular touch with Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee.

"He's been down to the school a couple times, and that was nice," Linder said. He also saw Weis when he was in town to see class-of-2009 signees Ben Turk and Jordan Cowart. Sometime this summer, Linder is looking forward to seeing Weis again.

"I'm sure I'm going to be up there again before the season starts, and once the season starts I'll go up there and see a game because now Turk and Jordan will be up there, and Sam (Young) and Dan (Wenger) are there, so it will be fun."

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