Tigers Taking A Look At Thompson

Recruiting has picked-up dramatically for Jalen Thompson but there is still one school he's waiting for.

Mobile, Ala.--Since bursting onto the scene last fall playing alongside big-time prospects Tre Williams and Josh Casher at St. Paul's, cornerback Jalen Thompson has seen his recruiting take off with more than two dozen offers to his credit as he heads into the summer before his senior season. Now a veteran and a player being counted on as a leader, he said that it's time to get to work to help them finish on top with a state championship.

That work started in the spring as Thompson went straight from the baseball diamond to the football field without a break knowing he needed to put that work in to be successful. Being on the field also meant more exposure as college coaches from all over flocked to see him in action.

"The spring has been going pretty good," the 6-0, 170 Thompson said. "The team is looking well. We've had a few injuries that have set us back, but there have been a lot of coaches rolling in the last couple of weeks so that's good."

Currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 40 cornerback in the nation, Thompson's list of offers is already one of the more impressive in the state at the moment. Adding two recent offers from SEC schools, he said there is a definite group of top schools he's considering as things begin to wind down for him.

"I think I'm up to 30 offers right now with Ole Miss and Kentucky the latest," Thompson said. "I have a pretty good top group right now. It's Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, and Miami."

With a decision date set for Aug. 12th Thompson has already started the narrowing-down process with his schools of choice, but there is still one school that could impact things greatly if they were to offer. That school is Auburn.

Growing up a fan of the Tigers, Thompson said things have picked up on that front a great deal recently with two different coaches coming through St. Paul's this week including Dameyune Craig on Thursday.

"This is the second time this week for them to come by and see me," Thompson said. "It's always good to see Coach Craig there telling me what I need to do to get better. He said he wants to see me in Auburn."

Craig checks out Thompson at practice

A talented player that is built in the mold of what Coach Melvin Smith is looking for at the position, Thompson said if he does get an offer from the Tigers it's something he would have to consider long and hard.

"I think they are pretty close to offering me but they want to see more practices or a game," Thompson said. "I like the vibe we have together. I'm just staying patient. It would mean a lot more for just saying it's a dream school. I don't know if they would move to my number one spot but they would definitely be up there."

With his decision less than three months away Thompson said he's going to spend some time visiting many of his favorites to help him narrow things down even more. That will include trips to Florida and Georgia in the first two weeks of June and also a camp visit to Auburn as well.


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