January 7, 2012

Change of plans for Thompson

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As those who follow recruiting know, things can change very quickly on the recruiting trail and one of Ohio's top juniors has made a change of plans. Jayme Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound defensive back out of Toledo Central Catholic, had been preparing to make a January college decision. However, some new interest has put those plans to a halt.

"Ohio State really came into the picture now," said Thompson. "Coach (Luke) Fickell came by the school this week. I'm coming down on the 29th (of January) for the Ohio State/Michigan basketball game to meet with the coaching staff."

Thompson will now likely push his decision into the spring time as he will slow down the recruiting process a bit.

"It's definitely because Ohio State came into the picture," Thompson said of the delay. "I still want to make a decision fairly early because my team has a shot to win the state championship next season and I want to be focused on that."

Under the previous regime, Ohio State had not shown a whole lot of interest in the athletic safety prospect but things have changed recently on that front. Thompson noted some of the positives that have Ohio State back in the game.

"The coaching change and the proximity to home," he said. "Coach (Urban) Meyer is a proven coach and I know he's from around this area so I'm pretty sure he'll be recruiting the Northwest Ohio area hard and I'd like to be a part of that."

Thompson currently holds five verbal scholarship offers and is also generating serious interest from some of the elite programs in the Midwest.

"I have offers from Nebraska, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Buffalo, and Bowling Green," he said. "Michigan should be coming soon and I was thinking Notre Dame (would offer soon) but one of their coaches, Ed Warinner, was the coach that was recruiting from Notre Dame and he went to Ohio State."

Of the schools that have offered, Thompson has singled out West Virginia as one of his favorites, pointing to his relationship with the coaching staff.

"I talk to coach (Dana) Holgorsen and coach (Jake) Spavital almost every day," he explained. "The reason they are in it with all of these other big schools is because of the relationship that I've built with the coaching staff. Coach Spavital, the quarterbacks coach, me and him have a really good relationship."

The two schools that Thompson hinted could be close to offering, Michigan and Notre Dame, also remain high on his list.

"(Michigan) is still a top school along with Notre Dame," Thompson said. "I talk to (Michigan assistant) coach (Jerry) Montgomery a lot."

One of the reasons for the high level of attention that Thompson is receiving is his versatility on defense. Thompson can run, cover, and hit, and because of that he is a valuable commodity that could project to multiple spots.

"Michigan is the only school that openly says that they want me to play corner," he explained. "Wisconsin wants me as an athlete and other than that; everybody is saying safety right now."

The Badgers are another program that has kept in regular contact with Thompson throughout the process.

"I talk to coach Delvaughn Alexander from Wisconsin," he said. "He's their wide receivers coach and he says that I have the potential to be a really good receiver so that's really what he's been on me about. He wants to come see me run track in the spring."

Something that many people may not know about Thompson is that he trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu four days a week with his Father, Deon Thompson. In fact, Thompson is likely competing in the Pan-American Championships out in California in the spring. Thompson will take advantage of that trip by visiting some schools out on the west coast.

"Coaches from Oregon (are showing interest) so I think we'll be visiting up there," he said. "I also think I'm going to be visiting UCLA and USC in the spring time."

Coming from a basketball background, Thompson is giving up the sport this year to continue to improve on the football field.

"I was satisfied with how I played this year," he said. "It made me a little more hungry because I wanted to be first team all-state and I got second team so that's another goal that I can shoot for this year. I want to improve on my footwork and quickness and I'm just trying to take away all of the faults that I have."


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