While the football season is underway, The Woodlands 2010 offensive lineman Chad Lindsay had a summer to remember.
In August, the 6-foot-3 guard dropped off his sister, who attends LSU with his parents, and the Lindsay's continued on making an SEC swing.
"We had already hit Texas and Texas A&M earlier in the summer," he said. "My parents let me choose the SEC schools I wanted to visit in August and we ended up traveling over 2,500 miles in one week."
While in Baton Rouge unpacking his sister, he took in the LSU campus and athletic facilities. It just happened to be football operations director Sam Nader's birthday and all 2 0 of the coaches were on campus to greet Lindsay.
"I got to meet Coach (Les) Miles for like 45 minutes and meet his kids," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches and see the 2007 highlight video. The facilities and academic buildings were impressive. They verbally offered me and as we went outside to the car we were all really quiet.
"It thought, 'did that just happen,'" he said. "We didn't think it could get much better than that."
Lindsay headed off to Alabama, where news of an LSU offer had traveled.
"We got to Alabama and right as I walked in the door the staff was waiting for me," he said. "Wow, it was incredible also. I got to meet Coach (Nick) Saban and he was very straight forward. I got to go on the field and the locker room, where they had my No. 77 jersey. I was verbally offered by Alabama and was thrilled with the news."
Off to Tennessee went the Lindsay's with two offers in hand.
The same red carpet treatment at Tennessee and the Lindsay's were equally impressed.
"Coach (Phillip) Fulmer was a really nice guy and he took me into his office off his main office," Lindsay said. "He handed me their BCS trophy and told me he wanted me to help him win another one. The stadium was so huge that it looked like a roller coaster."
Worn out by the four visits, Georgia was next.
"Coach (Mark) Richt explained that I would be getting an offer and I was really excited," he said. "Georgia was a beautiful campus and just looked like a fun place, and we could just relax and take it in."
The final stop was Auburn, where another offer was given.
"Auburn was different because it was in a small town," he said. "All the schools met my expectations. The day I got back from the visits I was even more determined to improve and get the season going."
Upon his return, Lindsay was offered by the University of Houston and is receiving loads of mail. His recruiting process is far from over.
"I want to see some more campuses like USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida," he said. "I will probably cut it down next spring to like five, and then three by the summer. I hope to make a decision by this time next year."
When asked for a favorite school?
"The Woodlands," he said coyly.