Lindamood: Looking At Options

An in-state prospect who could play either offfense or defense has West Virginia as a heavy favorite.

Parkersburg High's Matt Lindamood projects to a fullback or linebacker in college, and believes he might be an ideal fit at fullback for the Mountaineers. The 6-1, 220-pounder has helped the two-time defending Class AAA state champions to a 5-0 start with four consecutive road games upcoming. The senior, running behind WVU verbal Josh Jenkins, has helped the Big Reds average 37 points per game and 308 yards on the ground per contest.

Lindamood, who pays linebacker on defense, has carried 119 times and already has more than 1,000 yards rushing. He averages nearly nine yards per carry and has scored a team-best 16 touchdowns. He is averaging 212 yards per game and should top the 2,000-yard mark this season. Depending upon how deep Parkersburg goes into the playoffs, the senior could reach 2,500 yards.

"I think I can play at that high, Division I level," Lindamood said. "I want to see what I can get as far as scholarships before I make my decision, but I would probably take a walk-on opportunity at West Virginia. I'm also a wrestler, so I could do that as well."

He has attended many WVU games, but has yet to schedule an official visit. Lindamood is looking into majoring in business or finance, and said he spoke with his high school recruiting coordinator about getting a tour of West Virginia's school of Business and Economics. The Mountaineer coaching staff has seen Lindamood's tapes and are waiting until the season progresses further to make a decision.

"I think I'll have the size to play either fullback or linebacker," he said. "I really like West Virginia, and that's the main school I am looking at right now. I think I would be more likely to be an outside linebacker."

Lindamood has also caught two passes for touchdowns and averaged 21 yards on his seven receptions. He easily leads the team in total offense, nearly doubling the output of quarterback Andy Thomas' 531 yards. Lindamood led the team in scoring last season with 27 touchdowns for 164 points, which includes one safety as a linebacker. He tallied five total tackles in spot duty, four solo. He had one quarterback hurry.

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