Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson should have one of the top defenses in South Florida next season. With linebackers Kent Turene and Shaun Ward committed to USC and Texas A&M, respectively, and cornerback Harmon Brown committed to Syracuse, the Cobras are not short on talent.
However, they got even better this offseason when cornerback Corey Tindal transferred in from Stranahan. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star prospect holds offers from Maryland, Minnesota, Marshall, Bowling Green, FIU, Buffalo and Western Kentucky and recently added another and is getting a lot of interest from an in-state power as well.
"It's slowed down this summer," Tindal said of the recruiting process. "I picked up an offer from Western Michigan, but that's it. That's pretty much all that's happening.
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"Florida, they're talking to me a lot. They're waiting on my grade situation right now because I'm taking a lot of classes online. Hopefully in the fall I'll have an offer from the University of Florida."
In addition to the Gators, a trio of other programs appears to be close to extending a scholarship offer to Tindal.
"TCU is close to offering," he said. "They're waiting on my transcript. Louisville, they want me to come out there. They just want to see me in person. A lot of people don't believe I'm 5-10 because, on my highlights, I look shorter. West Virginia and then Florida, like I said, they're the four schools that are really close to offering right now."
This summer, Tindal has been busy playing 7-on-7 with the South Florida Express as they won the BadgerSports national championship. Though it has allowed him to see many college campuses, he wasn't able to get the full effect of an unofficial visit.
"I've been to Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Alabama," he said. "Those were for 7-on-7's, though. They said we weren't allowed to meet with the coaches since we were there for 7-on-7 tournaments. We got to tour the campuses but that was about it.
"We won the whole thing. We're the national champions. It was a great experience going against some of the best players in the country. I really wanted to go against (Gardena Serra five-star receiver) George Farmer from California, but he didn't make it. I was looking forward to testing my skills against him."
The talented defender has been able to make it to one camp and it is no surprise that the school is showing a lot more interest since that time.
"I went to a UF camp and that made them show a lot of interest in me," Tindal said. "I went up there at the beginning of the summer. I should be at Friday Night Lights there this Friday coming up. I want to show what I can do and that I'm still flying under the radar."
While Tindal says he would like to visit a few more campuses before making a commitment, he has a current top five with one school clearly at the top.
"Maryland, Minnesota, Marshall, Bowling Green and FIU - that's my top five right now," he said. "Maryland is up there because I think I could go there and get early playing time. Minnesota and Marshall are the same way.
"Maryland, they're the No. 1 school right now. If Florida offered, they would jump into the top five - actually the top three or top two. My top five isn't in any order except for Maryland. They're No. 1, definitely. They said I could get a chance to possibly play on both sides of the ball."
Tindal is rated at the No. 23 cornerback in the country and the No. 62 overall prospect in the state of Florida for the class of 2011.