Sun Devils in mix for four-star JUCO RB

Arizona State is among the schools deeply involved with four-star junior college running back Mark Thompson, who gave us an overview of his recruiting plans.

Four-star Dodge City (Kansas) Junior College running back Mark Thompson is one of the top prospects at the position nationally at the JUCO level and Arizona State is squarely in the picture in his recruitment.

"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."

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