The Statesboro High head coach says that senior-to-be Josh Thompson, who says he will sign with Auburn next February, is the real deal.
"In all my years as a head coach (21 seasons), Josh is the first player who ever started for one of my teams on offense or defense as a ninth grader. In my opinion, Auburn is getting the best defensive lineman in the state of Georgia. I really believe he was the best defensive lineman in the state last year. He had a lot to do with us going 15-0 and winning the state championship."
Busby won his first Georgia state title at Kendrick High in Columbus with players like Leonard Thomas, Dell McGee and DeMarcus Curry who signed with Auburn and became key players for the Tigers. He won his second state title at Central High in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Number three came last season back in Georgia. Busby says he has no doubts that Thompson will be a load to handle for college offensive linemen.
"I have never coached a stronger lineman," Busby says. "He is the two-time state weight lifting champion. He is so strong and he has great leverage. He plays noseguard for us in our 5-2 and does a fantastic job. Josh is so quick he just explodes at the line of scrimmage with a quick first step."
Thompson, who is 6-1, 289 pounds, can squat more than twice his body weight (650 pounds) and he bench presses 440 pounds. However, there is more to like about the Auburn commitment, the coach notes.
"He is a great student and a real leader for us," Busby says. "He comes from a fine family and has been a pleasure to coach. He has never been hurt. In fact, he has never even missed a practice. This young man is a football player."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Busby says that Thompson was naturally strong when he first started coaching him, but says that was just a beginning point. "He is where he is today because of hard work and a lot of it. He is dedicated to becoming a great football player."