Notre Dame battling SEC programs for four-star LB Channing Tindall

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Channing Tindall will likely end up playing in the SEC. That is, unless, he decides to go somewhere like Notre Dame.

The Irish showed Tindall enough on his June visit to South Bend to earn a spot as one of his top five schools. Notre Dame is sitting next to South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

Notre Dame might not be in the running at all if not for defensive coordinator Mike Elko and linebackers coach Clark Lea. The two established a connection with Tindall, a 6-2, 213-pound product of Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, when they were coaching at Wake Forest.

“When they went to Notre Dame, I knew I would be interested to see those two,” Tindall said. “Going down there, the whole coaching staff is great people. I can talk to them outside of football as well. Getting a degree from Notre Dame would also be great.”

Tindall said he was impressed with the way linebacker Marquel Lee developed under Elko and Lea. Lee finished his career, which included 291 tackles, 42 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks, on the All-ACC team and was drafted in the fifth round by the Oakland Raiders.

Tindall might not need a lot of development as a college linebacker. Recruiting services are already high on the four-star recruit.

247Sports slates him as the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 22 overall in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 12 outside linebacker.

Notre Dame may be the outlier in Tindall’s recruitment, but the Irish have made a strong impression.

“It was beautiful,” Tindall said. “It's one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen so far. Going down there, it's a little different from being from the South.”

The difference in environment wasn’t the only one Tindall noticed. He paid close attention to how Lea teaches his players.

“When I go to visits, I really look at the schemes and how the coaches really get down into everything,” Tindall said. “One other thing that impressed me is coach Lea and the different way he teaches pass rushing. It's different from anything I've seen. It's crazy. I don't want to get down to it because I'm not going to reveal the secrets."

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Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall, a 2018 recruit, has included Notre Dame among his top five schools. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)