Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: The first on Dec. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the second on Jan. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field and the third on Jan. 21 at Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum.
To gain a bit of a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the goal is to much more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
A few years ago as a member of the Class of 2015, the plans were in place for Chris Lindstrom from Shepherd Hills (MA) to participate in a 39-14 victory for the South over the North at Raymond James Stadium.
Back then, for the game, all signs pointed to him sharing the field with well-known national names such as Boston College commit Jeff Smith, Samford commit Kelvin McKnight, South Carolina commit Keisean Nixon and Michigan commit Karan Higdon.
Then, things changed. Recruiting took off prior to kickoff of the All-American Bowl. Suddenly, Lindstrom was a hot commodity. Programs from all over the country hoped for a commitment. Accordingly, he focused on the future and a pledge soon followed.
Fast forward, to present day, and it all worked out well. Need proof? No problem on that front, as the 6-foot-4 and 300-pound sophomore offensive lineman will line up for the Eagles against Georgia Tech on Sept. 3 in an ACC game at 12 p.m. (EST).
Lindstrom comes from good stock, with NFL bloodlines. The family tree includes, perhaps most notably, his father Chris Lindstrom, who played at the highest level for three years. All signs points to the younger version heading down a similar path.
Projected to start at right guard this year, the future is indeed bright for Lindstrom. Nearing a more complete player, it would not come as a surprise to see him earn All-ACC honors as a junior, or maybe land on the Outland Trophy Watch List as a senior.
Beyond that, looming large is the NFL Scouting Combine. Naturally, the next step would be the NFL Draft. And to think, Lindstrom first emerged on the national radar as an invitee to the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida. The journey continues.