The six-foot-three, 290-pound defensive tackle made his second visit to Auburn and said the Tigers are now under serious consideration. His previous visit was this spring for Auburn's annual A-Day Game.
"The visit went great," he said. "I am liking the academics and everything, and my momma loved it." The young lineman added that he liked the trip enough that he plans to come back on July 20th, the date of Auburn's next prospects camp.
Breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore, Thompson made 65 tackles, including 12 for lost yardage with five sacks. At times opponents decided to double-team the young tackle.
Commenting on his day at Auburn, Thompson said, "I went through more of the education and I talked to the coach more and was able to ask more questions on this visit," Thompson pointed out, noting that Garner was busy on A-Day coaching his players as well as talking to other prospects. "It was gameday so he had work on the field," he said.
Thompson noted that he liked the game, which attracted more than 80,000 fans to Jordan-Hare Stadium. He added, "I liked that number 90 (junior defensive tackle Gabe Wright)."
With most of Auburn's defensive tackles being either juniors or seniors, Thompson said that Garner told him that tackles are a high priority for Auburn's recruiting. "He said he is losing a lot of people and he wants me up there. He wants to make a bond with me...he wants to coach me."
Auburn still has a lot of work to do to convince the big defensive tackle to sign with Coach Gus Malzahn's team. He currently has the Tigers fourth on his list of favorites behind Georgia, which was the first college to offer him in January, along with Tennessee and FSU.
Three of his current top four teams are in the SEC, which he notes is his favorite conference because of the strength of the league and because so many SEC defensive linemen move on to the NFL. He notes that he didn't grow up with one college team as his favorite. "I like all of the SEC schools to tell you the truth," he said. "I am a fan of certain players."
Thompson also noted that he is probably a year away from making a decision on a college so he has plenty of looking still to do. He said it was good to have his mother with him on his Auburn visit because she asked a lot of good questions. The prospect said he liked what he hear, particularly about the academic support players receive. A 3.0 student at Westover, he noted he is interested in studying sports medicine in college.
A player who will turn 17 years old on July 27th, Thompson said he is working this summer in several specific areas of his play as a defensive tackle. "I am trying to get better with my technique and my footwork," he said. "I am doing agility drills."
An athlete who is focusing on one sport, asked what is his best attribute as a football player, he said, "I love running after the ball. I would say that I have good movement."