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Mom and dad’s thoughts
Much has been made about their college football allegiances, but Channing Tindall’s parents, Edward and Yoshiko Dimes, insist that’s not a factor in the decision-making process.
Edward, who’s originally from Augusta, Ga., is a Georgia fan. Yoshiko, a Beaufort native who went South Carolina, loves her Gamecocks.
While they remain active and involved, they are there to serve as sounding boards, not recruiters.
“Before we’re fans of our school, we’re fans of our son,” Edward said. “We want to make sure it’s a sound decision for him.”
Yoshiko added, “We both left home to blaze our own path, so if that’s the path he chooses, we want him to know we both support him in that. But if he stays here, we’re going to support him in that, too.”
Georgia and South Carolina aren’t the only schools under consideration by the 4-star linebacker from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. Tindall also lists Auburn, Florida and Florida State among his options.
There’s a potential package deal brewing with 4-star athlete Richard Jibunor. The actual words were never actually said by Tindall, but playing together at the next level is something the two have discussed.
They first met at The Opening in Atlanta and have grown close over the five months. They’re currently figuring out a weekend they can both get down to Florida for a visit.
“Very aggressive,” Tindall said of Jibunor. “He’s fast, like agile, everything. Other linebackers, we work well, but with him, we’ve got a better connection. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just there.”
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Jibunor, who’s from Athens, Ga., recently released a top 9 that included South Carolina, but there hasn’t been much dialogue between the two parties, according to an SEC Country source.
At this point, Jibunor would appear to be an Auburn lean – all 10 predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball are for the Tigers. Tennessee, according to an industry contact, also has a shot, perhaps more than Florida.
Jibunor isn’t the first 4-star 2018 prospect Tindall has mentioned as a potential running mate. Late last month, Tindall said he and Florida State commitment Amari Gainer could be a “ dominant force” for the Seminoles.
What it all means
While the potential package deal talk always makes for an interesting storyline, generally speaking, it’s not the best way to gauge a recruit’s interest. For those guys, it’s about finding the best individual fit.
There’s a set of criteria Tindall has in mind, much of which has already been shared in this space. It’s possible that playing with Jibunor is an important factor, much like the scheme fit and kinesiology degree that Tindall covets.
However, at this juncture, it’s hard to imagine Tindall not committing to the Gamecocks next month, assuming that he does in fact follow through with that timeline.
Now, that’s not to suggest that Auburn, Florida or someone else can’t or won’t knock South Carolina from the top spot, but everyone just seems to be playing catch up right now.
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