December 9, 2009

Thompson provides clues in race for signature

MOBILE, Ala. -- Carlos Thompson is too nice _ too diplomatic, really _ to name a leader in the race for signature.

However, the four-star defensive end from Hollandale (Simmons), Miss., committed a bit of Freudian slip on Tuesday as he practiced with Team Mississippi in preparation for Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and is ranked as the nation's No. 8 defensive end and the No. 114 prospect by, admitted that he's been talking recruiting this week with some of his Mississippi teammates. Thompson has spent quality time with prospects such as Bryon Bennett, Carlton Martin, Shon Coleman, Damien Robinson and Matthew Wells.

"We talk," Thompson said. "We're seeing where each other is going. We're not recruiting each other but we've been talking to each other because I feel like if we all go to the same school, it'd be something."

That's where things get interesting. Asked if there was a chance that group _ or a majority of it _ could end up at the same college home, Thompson smiled.

"Pretty much the school that I'm looking at, they're looking at also," Thompson said. "So it's a big chance we go to the same school."

That's great news for one of Thompson's top four schools -- Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor and North Carolina. And it's likely great news for one of the Southeastern Conference schools from the Magnolia State. Thompson said Mississippi State is "making a move" for his signature following the Bulldogs' win in the annual Egg Bowl game and an in-home visit from members of Dan Mullen's staff.

"Right now, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Baylor are recruiting me the hardest," Thompson said. "I'm not going to say that Ole Miss is on top right now or that I'm going to Ole Miss. Mississippi State has stepped up and they're recruiting me."

The Rebels, meanwhile, hold an ace of sorts in their proverbial deck in the form of defensive line coach Terry Price. Price coached Thompson's god-brother, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Quinten Groves, at Auburn. Thompson said Tuesday he's known and admired Price since he was 10 years old.

"It's a big advantage (for Ole Miss) because I feel like Coach Price can get me somewhere," Thompson said. "He turned my brother into something, so I feel like he can turn me into something also. That's a big plus for Ole Miss. I'm not saying I'll be at Ole Miss, but that's a big plus for Ole Miss."

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