February 9, 2009

Thompson favors in-state rivals

He's 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He runs a 4.65-second 40-yard dash, bench presses 285 pounds and squats 425. He's also a coach's son who recorded 113 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks as a junior.

Colleges from near and far are likely to come calling in the next year, and he'll listen.

However, Hollandale (Simmons), Miss., defensive end Carlos Thompson already has the offers he covets most.

"Actually, to be honest, the schools that I'm interested in have already offered," Thompson said. "That's Mississippi State and Ole Miss."

Thompson also has an offer from Southern Mississippi. Several other schools from around the Southeast are expected to offer soon.

"To me, to be a junior and I'm already highly recruited, it makes me feel pretty good. It makes me want to work harder to get better and better each year. I know there's always room for improvement."

Thompson, who almost certainly will be one of the top 5-10 recruits in Mississippi for the 2010 signing class, attended Ole Miss' junior day on Jan. 31. He hadn't been on campus more than an hour before the Rebels offered him a scholarship and made it clear he would be a top priority when National Signing Day rolls around next Feburary.

"It was very interesting," Thompson said. "I got to meet all the coaches. I got to look at all the facilities. It was pretty great. I got a chance to meet Coach (Houston) Nutt himself. He offered me my scholarship and he just told me, 'Hey, stay in the weight room, keep my head up and don't get the big head just because you have a scholarship.' He told me to continue to be the leader of my football team. I told him, 'Yes, sir.'

"I always like to play outside where I can just rush and that's the way they have their D-ends playing (at Ole Miss). I like that."

Thompson said he's also met new Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen as well.

"To me, he's a very good coach," Thompson said of the former Florida assistant. "He's energetic. I like that about him. He told me he's not a very strict coach but he wants you to get the job done and he'll be strict on you from time to time when you know you're doing wrong. He said he's a player's coach. I kind of liked him. He's a very good coach to me, also."

Thompson said he'll attend a NIKE camp as well as on-campus camps at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and possibly Southern Miss. He will not, however, rush into a decision.

"It's going to be awhile," Thompson said. "I don't want to commit to anything yet. I don't know who else is going to jump on the bandwagon. I kind of want to take my time. …Academics will be very important. I also want to know if the coaches will push me hard enough. I want to know if they'll get me to be the best I can be. I don't want coaches who are laid-back and don't care."

Thompson, who has a 2.9 core grade-point average, has a 16 on the ACT. He just took the standardized test again this past weekend.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!