Venables showing interest in in-state LB


An intriguing in-state linebacker earned his first Division I offer from South Carolina at the end of October, and Clemson is among a number of other schools showing interest.

In his first season playing inside linebacker after making the transition from defensive end, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley’s Channing Tindall ranks in the top 10 in tackles and top five in sacks in the Midlands area. He has twice been named Midlands Defensive Player of the Week.

Tindall visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Syracuse on Saturday, and The Clemson Insider caught up with him after.

“Clemson has an amazing campus,” Tindall said. “I was really impressed, and everyone on the staff was very welcoming. Clemson environment was really hype, and it was exciting seeing game-changing players up close for the first time.”

Tindall said one of the highlights of his experience was speaking with Clemson defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables again.

“He said I looked like a natural,” Tindall said, “and my tape looked great.”

How much interest are the Tigers showing right now?

“At this point I know coach Venables really likes me as a player,” Tindall said, “and we have plans to meet up in the near future. I’ve also been in pretty good contact with my recruiter for the past couple of weeks.”

In addition to his offer from South Carolina, Tindall has collected offers from Coastal Carolina and Mercer. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is also drawing interest from Cal, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, N.C. State, Penn State and Purdue.

Tindall has also visited Georgia Tech and South Carolina a couple of times this season.

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