Miami, Fla., Central star Donavan Thompson (6-0, 215, 4.6) visited the Razorbacks this past week along with his teammate Keir Thomas, a Florida State defensive end commit.
“The visit went great,” Thompson said Monday night. “I really loved the coaches and the facilities and being around the team.
“I thought about committing while I was there, but before I went up I promised my mom and dad that I would come back and talk it over before I did that. That’s what we are doing right now. It's kind of relaxed. I'm not sure when it will happen, but Arkansas really, really impressed me.”
Thompson is coming off a fantastic junior season in which he 158 tackles and 14 sacks for a team that went 15-1, won its third straight Class 6A state title and finished fifth nationally in the USA Today Super 25.
He has offers from Arkansas, Oregon State, South Florida, Cincinnati, UMass, Toledo and Florida International.
He got a chance to further his relationship with Arkansas linebackers Vernon Hargeaves.
“He’s a great guy,” Thompson said. “He sees me as a Will linebacker and thinks I could come in and play right away. He likes I am able to cover the entire field and get to the ball.”
Thompson also spent plenty of time with Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith.
“Coach Smith is a stand up guy and really knows what he is doing and has made sure that I know that I am just his type of player and how he thinks I would be very strong in his system.
“He has made it clear just how much he wants to add me to his defense.”
Thompson will be trying to go four-for-four in state championships this upcoming season with a team is loaded with as man as 12 Division I prospects.
The Rockets, who had 19 player signed college letters-of-intent off a team, will open that quest at Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha on Aug. 29.
“To win this one this season would be the best because it is my senior year and I want to go out a winner,” Thompson said. “We certainly have the team to do it. We worked hard this spring and have the team to do it again.”