"Arizona State is high on the schools i'm considering along with Louisville and the schools who have joined them I would have to say Florida as well as Kansas State," Thompson said. "Florida offered me the end of April and Kansas State offered last Thursday I believe."
A big-framed 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Thompson rushed for 460 yards on 84 carries last season with eight touchdowns as a backup. He'll shoulder more of the load this season, something he feels very prepared for.
"I'm more of a patient back but I have good breakaway speed so I always like to keep my feet moving but when I see a hole I like to hit it and being a faster back, usually when I hit it I'm not caught," Thompson said. "Being 230 (pounds0, usually arm tackles aren't a problem. What I like about my game is I have really good balance and I'm hard to bring down. Usually I have to be gang tackled. I'm hard to bring down and don't hardly ever get brought down with one guy."
Thompson said he has a good dialogue with ASU coaches and in particular running backs coach Bo Graham, who he speaks to on a regular basis. He also has been able to get a feel for the school from people outside of the program.
"Coach (Bo) Graham is a very good coach, a really cool guy," Thompson said. "When I call him we have our conversations and talk, he's always telling me something going on with the coaching staff, the team, or in Arizona and I wouldn't know about those things without that."I have people that go to Arizona State I went to high school with and in the general area and that's another plus side to Arizona State. I went to high school (in Pennsylvania) with three (ASU students). I don't like the rain or cold weather so Arizona is perfect and they say there are a lot of people at the school and in the community and that can help you after you get out of school."
A prospective mid-year transfer, Thompson said he takes the recruiting process and idea of a commitment seriously and will do his due diligence before taking such a serious step, probably after he's taken at least three official visits in December.
"I'm going to wait to commit to a school until toward the end of the season," he said. "I'm going to wait to see how the teams all do before I commit because I would hate to commit somewhere and then the season doesn't go too well or I end up liking another school more and then that puts a lot of stress on the school and football team as well. When you commit that's important and when you de-commit it hurts that team and the coaching staff and I don't want to do that."