Mobile, Ala.--One of the top in-state athletes in the 2017 class, 6-2, 180-pound Bubba Thompson from McGill-Toolen, is headed to Auburn Tigers to play baseball after committing to Butch Thompson’s Tigers this week.
A dynamic talent who is expected to be the starting quarterback this fall for the defending 7A state champion Yellow Jackets, Thompson’s best sport may be baseball and that is where his future lies at the moment after picking Auburn as his college destination. Camping with the Tigers in January and building a strong bond with Coach Thompson and assistant Brad Bohannon, the prospect said for him it was an easy decision to make his future on the Plains.
“I went to the camp and talked to the coached and when I got there I loved it,” Bubba Thompson said. “After talking to my family I just felt like that’s where I fit in.
“Coach Thompson was good. He called me after the camp and things like that. Coach Bohannon has been keeping in touch with me after games and all that good stuff. They’ve been keeping in touch real good.”
Batting .500 as a sophomore, Bubba Thompson had 10 doubles, five triples and a home run to his credit. He has continued that strong play as a junior with a .451 average, eight doubles, five triples, 23 runs scored while striking out just seven times.
Those numbers compare to the ones that Auburn junior center fielder Anfernee Grier has put up this season for the Tigers as he continues to show why he’s one of the top players in the country. With the size and speed (4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 6.4 in the 60-yard dash) to cover a lot of ground in the outfield and a talent for hitting the ball, Bubba Thompson said he can picture himself having that kind of impact when he gets to Auburn in two years.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I think nothing less than that.”
Also with early offers from South Alabama and Jackson State with several other schools showing a lot of interest, Bubba Thompson said he felt like Auburn was the right fit for him at the right time and everything just fell into place.
Hoping to lead the Yellow Jackets deep into the baseball playoffs, he will soon turn his attention to football as he finally gets his shot to be the starting quarterback. Heading into his sophomore season as the starter he played the first game against Vigor before an injury cut short his season. Last year he was again scheduled to be the starter in the spring before an injury opened the door for a senior to take the spot.
Now with his chance to show what he can do Thompson is looking forward to showing what he can do on the football field. With the skills to get a look on the next level in that sport as well, he said that’s not something he’s concerned about at the moment but if he gets the opportunity to do both at Auburn he would welcome the challenge.
“I’ll see how things go,” he said. “I think God has a plan for me. I’m just going to have to see.”