2015 Prospect Intro: Jalen Thompson

With a team full of college prospects, junior defensive back Jalen Thompson is looking to make some noise of his own.

Mobile, Ala.—While seniors Tre Williams, Joshua Casher and Zavier Carmichael have gotten much of the attention for St. Paul's this spring with all three committed to BCS schools, it won't be long until junior defensive back Jalen Thompson begins to hear from schools recruiting for the 2015 class.

A 5-11, 165 cornerback for the Saints that can also play safety, Thompson is a talented defensive back that also excels as a shortstop on the diamond for St. Paul's in the spring. With college coaches a regularity at spring practices this year, Thompson says it's his chance to gain early interest from top programs.

"I hope I can catch someone's eye," Thompson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They are here every day so I hope one of them will see me and maybe I'll get a scholarship. I'm not really hearing anything on football yet."

Starting last season as a sophomore as his team made a run in the 5A playoffs, Thompson says he has a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds. That speed and his ability to make plays in the secondary is one of the things that should make him a wanted man by this time next season. Between then and now he says there are things he wants to improve on.

"I just want to be more physical," Thompson says. "Last year I was kind of passing trying to get into the game, but this year I want to be more physical. I want to force more fumbles.

"I feel very confident now," he adds. "I think I can guard anybody in the state."

Part of that confidence comes from having a guy like Williams to work with and learn from on defense. The unquestioned leader for the Saints on that side of the ball, Thompson says the linebacker has made it a priority to show the team how to practice and prepare for the season.

"I have learned everything from him," Thompson says. "Last year he taught me everything I need to know. Josh also to me all the time and so does Zavier Carmichael. It pushes me a lot because I know I have to work now. I see scouts out here every day and I just want to get better."

Still waiting on his first offer, Thompson says Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee are the schools he would like to hear from moving forward in the recruiting process.

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