High On List

A two-way standout from Aliquippa (Pa.) High School has West Virginia high on his list of schools, and says that the Mountaineers have a great chance of getting an official visit this fall.

Brandon Lindsey, a standout running back and linebacker for the Quips, is looking at a number of schools, and will begin narrowing down his choices once his high school season begins. With at least a dozen schools on his list of interest, and with scholarship offers approaching double digits, he will have some difficult decisions to make to narrow down the field for his five official visits.

For now, West Virginia is one school that rates highly on his report card.

"They have a good tradition, they're competitive, and they play their freshmen," Lindsey said. "They aren't afraid to play their incoming players, and the academics are good too. I'm interested in something in the business field."

In addition to WVU, Boston College, Miami, Florida, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Florida State make up the schools under consideration. Lindsey notes that he does not have offers from all those schools as of yet, and thus will wait until his season is underway to begin narrowing things down.

"Florida State has been a favorite of mine since Charlie Ward was there. But I'm still taking it all in, and I want to wait to see if any other schools offer. I haven't seen all the schools I am interest in yet either, so I will probably wait at least until midseason before I start taking my official visits."

Complicating matters even more is the differing interest in Lindsey as an offensive and a defensive player.

"West Virginia and some of the other schools are recruiting me as an outside linebacker, but some of the others, like Boston College, are looking at me as a running back. I don't really have a preference for which side of the ball I play on. I think some of the schools want to look to see how I do during my senior season."

Lindsey performed well on both sides of the ball as a junior while earning first team All-Conference offense and defense and honorable mention All-State honors. He rushed for 1,234 yards and 19 touchdowns on 166 carries and registered 92 tackles, 11 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception and a defensive touchdown. All that work kept him on the field a great deal of the time, but he didn't mind the work.

"At the beginning of the year, when it was hot, I had to take a breather, but once I got in great shape I was o.k.," he said.

His play, which was several levels above "o.k.", has a number of schools hoping to make his final list.

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