Photo: Autauga Academy/Denita Clark
Rivals ★ ★ 247 ★ ★
Senior captain and two-year starter at private school near Montgomery... Earned two varsity letters in nearby Billingsley H.S. before transferring to Autauga Academy... Started at LT and DE the last two years... As a senior DE, had 69 tackles, eight quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss for Generals' squad that went 9-3 and advanced to Alabama private school state quarterfinals... On offense, paved way for 2,500-yard rusher Eric Graham... Named AIA First Team All-State and All-Area OT... As junior, was instrumental in 11-2 season... Starts as post for varsity basketball squad, pitches & plays first base in baseball and throws shot in track... High academic achiever.
Harrison Riley Tindol... Born on June 8, 1996... Son of Brian Tindol and Regina Ferrell... Has a brother, Russell, and two sisters, Rachel and Reagan... Mom was state HS pentathlon champ in Alabama... Enjoys singing... Considering pre-med or engineering degree.
AUTAUGA ACADEMY COACH MIKE SIMS
"Riley's been under-the-radar because he transferred from one small school to another, and just goes about his business in a silent manner. He's not a rah-rah guy. He's old-school, just works hard, leads by example, and gets the job done.
"Vanderbilt coaches did their homework. He's a perfect fit for the 3-4 defense. You're talking about a kid that won't turn 18 until June who is going to get taller and much bigger. His frame will easily hold 300-310 pounds. Plus, he has a 84-inch wing span. The sky is the limit with Riley.
"He also loves competition. As Riley gets some time in their weight room, he's going to a beast. When he develops, there's just not many big, fast, strong guys like Riley around.
Selected Vanderbilt over Miami (Fla.) and Southern Miss among others