November 20, 2008

Star lineman talks about facing McFarland

A year from now, The Woodlands (Texas) High junior offensive lineman Chad Lindsay will be the hunted.

With numerous offers from powerhouses across the country already in hand, Lindsay will be a hot name in the Texas recruiting scene in the coming months, but in his match-up with Lufkin defensive tackle JaMarkus McFarland a few weeks ago, he was still able to take on the role of hunter.

With the five-star McFarland on the tips of everyone's tongues these days, Lindsay was able to use the occasion to gauge for himself just where his abilities as a player/prospect rest. Although they didn't square off on a play-by-play basis, it was enough for Lindsay to get a feel for what opposing match-ups in college might look like.

"It was great," Lindsay said. It was a battle from start to finish. I only went up against six times, but I thought those went well. He was a great football player. He's all that and a bag of chips."

Lindsay might have fared well in the game, but the Highlanders lost to Lufkin in that game. The good news is that the team is alive and kicking in the state playoffs, with a huge match-up against Round Rock Stony Point looming on Friday.

"We were ahead 6-3 last week (against Spring Westfield), but the offense got rolling in the second half and we won 24-6. Stony Point is good. They have a good offense, but I think their defense is probably their strength."

While Lindsay's attention this week is on his team, he will enjoy a little rest and relaxation this weekend when he takes an unofficial visit to Norman for the Texas Tech/Oklahoma showdown.

"I'm going to Oklahoma this week and I'm looking forward to it," Lindsay said. "I'm probably looking forward to meeting the coaches, meeting the players and seeing the campus and facilities the most."

As far as his offer list is concerned, the most recent one came from the Sooners, but he also has offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska and Tennessee.

The Texas Longhorns are also heavily in the mix.

When asked if the news from this week about Will Muschamp being named as the eventual replacement for Texas head coach Mack Brown, Lindsay said that the matter wasn't a huge issue.

"Not really," Lindsay said. "I saw it on ESPN. Coach Brown has a contract through 2015 and he has eight years left on his contract, so I don't think it really impacts my (recruitment)."

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