Ellsworth gun-slinger getting early attention

Last season, the numbers that Ellsworth QB Willie Tindal (5-11, 185) put up belied his relatively slight stature. The talented signal-caller led the Panthers to a 8-3 record by throwing for nearly 3,000 yards while rushing for another 762 and totaling 33 touchdowns on the season and he told JCFootball.com recently he plans to be even better in 2011...

Tindal was an outstanding prep at Stranahan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.) High School, but didn't get much in the way of attention when it came to recruiting.

"I wasn't able to qualify and I didn't get a lot of looks, so I figured I would go (the JC route)," Tindal told JCFootball.com recently. "I was looking around and met with a few schools, but Ellsworth's coaches were the ones I really liked and I liked the school and the offense they ran.

"Quarterbacks put up big numbers in our offense, so that was a big selling point to me and I really wanted to feel at home.

"It was the best place for me."

Before Tindal took over the reins of the Panthers' attack, Tirrell Rennie had put up huge numbers and ended up with Northern Iowa, and Tindal is already getting attention from some MAC and Mt. West schools who are looking for a talented signal-caller to guide their offenses.

"I've talked to Ohio and New Mexico so far and I'm getting some letters from other schools," Tindal said. "I don't have any offers yet, but I feel like if I play well and they like me, they will offer and then I will have some decisions to make."

As a freshman last fall, Tindal posted outstanding number completing 68.8% of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns with only five interceptions while rushing for 762 yards and 10 more scores.

"I'm a running and passing threat, a dual-threat kinda guy," Tindal noted. "I prefer to make plays with my arm though. It allows my teammates to stay involved and it loosens up the defense and besides, I'm a quarterback, throwing is what I do best.

"This offseason I'm working on studying film more and really breaking down a defense and figuring out where to go with the ball even more than I already know. I am a student of the game, but you can always improve on what you are currently doing."

Tindal is on pace to finish his degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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