A rare four-year starter for head coach Buzz Busby at Statesboro, Thompson was the catalyst on a defense that led his team to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title in 2001. He finished the season with 56 solo tackles and 44 assists and beat constant double teams from his nose guard position to total 10 ½ sacks and 20 tackles for loss as well.
Things didn't work out quite as well for Thompson as a senior. The best athlete on Statesboro's defense as a senior, he was moved to middle linebacker despite his size. Finishing the year with over 70 tackles, he said the experience taught him a lot about his game as well as understanding how a defense works.
When he arrives in Auburn this summer, Thompson will likely already be the strongest player on the Tiger team. With a bench press of 440 pounds and a squat of nearly 700 pounds, Thompson should be able to handle himself right away with more experienced players on the college level.