Thompson Getting Closer to Hargreaves, Smith

Miami (Fla.) Central High linebacker Donavan Thompson had a beneficial visit to Arkansas earlier this summer.

Donavan Thompson’s only visit this summer was a beneficial one.

When the Miami (Fla.) Central High linebacker came to Arkansas in June, he grew closer to his two main recruiters: linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

“I’m starting to be able to trust them and understand what they want to do with me,” Thompson said. “Maybe one day I’ll be a Hog.”

The Razorbacks are one of seven schools to offer Thompson, along with Cincinnati, Florida International, Oregon State, South Florida, Toledo and UMass.

“I’m still debating on whether I’ll make a decision before or during the season,” Thompson said.

If he comes to Arkansas, Thompson has an idea of where he would play in the linebacker corps.

“(Hargreaves) sees me as a Will linebacker and thinks I could come in and play right away,” Thompson said after his visit. “He likes that I am able to cover the entire field and get to the ball.”

The coaches used a lot of their time with Thompson to talk to him about how he’d fit in the Razorbacks’ scheme.

The scheme – which forced back-to-back shutouts during the 2014 season – is one that Thompson enjoys to watch.

“Their defense was pretty good,” Thompson said. “There were a lot of people swarming to the ball and a guy at my position (Martrell Spaight) led the SEC in tackles.”

Before he plays at any college, though, he’ll try to focus on playing his senior season and leading the Rockets to a fourth straight state title.

As a junior, Thompson racked up 158 tackles and 14 sacks en route to a 15-1 record, which earned Miami Central a No. 5 ranking in the USA Today Super 25.

He said that he’d need to step up every aspect of his game to help the Rockets win another title.

“I feel like I need to lead the team a little more and be more vocal,” Thompson said.

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