Jaden Lindsay Breaks Down Top Five

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Jaden Lindsay
OL, Class of 2021
East Forsyth High School, Kernersville, NC
Class of 2021

There are 10 offers on the table, but East Forsyth (NC) three-star offensive lineman Jaden Lindsay decided he was ready to make a move. On Monday, he released a top five of Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Appalachian State, East Carolina and Coastal Carolina. When the next move will take place is less certain.

Lindsay, Rivals.com’s No. 30 player in North Carolina for 2021, said he’s combing through each school. Moving forward, he wants to look more at what each school can offer, whenever he can take a visit.

“I want to say the main thing is how it feels family-wise, that atmosphere at the school,” Lindsay said. “They’ve got to be an aggressive team, have an aggressive playbook, and they have to win. We won two state championships back-to-back, and to go to somewhere not used to winning championships, that would be different. Just having a good relationship with the coaching staff is a big one, too.”

Lindsay said he’s still hopeful his first time in Blacksburg will come soon. But he’s seen and heard enough about the Hokies to include them among those he’s considering.

“I haven’t been there person, but I feel like it’s amazing,” Lindsay said. “I’m close with Coach (James) Shibest and I text them daily. They’re losing players, too. I feel like I can go up there, ball out and maybe start early. They’re in the ACC and they play good teams. It’s a good chance for me to show what I can do.”

Shibest and assistant coach Vance Vice have been Lindsay’s primary contacts. All three have touched base regularly throughout the current pandemic and NCAA recruiting dead period.

“I think Coach Vice is good and he reminds me a lot of my head coach,” Lindsay said. “I truly believe he’s one of the coaches who can take me to the next level and play in the NFL. We’ve talked a lot, by text or call.”

Lindsay also has yet to visit Tennessee, but he said he likes the Volunteers’ style of play and how he could fit in there.

“They’re aggressive and they have a real aggressive O-line,” Lindsay said. “They’re turning heads in the SEC and they can go on and do big things. It’s something I’d love to be