On Monday, he hasn't put much thought into the 2011 NFL Draft. Besides, one more year in Clemson could be too tough to pass up.
|"I'd love to come back. It's a great place to be. I love the environment. I love the people. I love amy coaches. I see myself coming back."|
He does plan on sending papers into the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but all that stuff is on the back burner.
"I plan on putting my paperwork in after this season—after this game. I'm going to focus on this game this week. That's what's most important right now," Thompson said.
MAKING THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY: The months have turned into the weeks, and soon the weeks will become days. Kyle Parker will not be back at Clemson next season.
Instead, he'll be playing minor league baseball for the Colorado Rockies.
"I feel like this experience of me coming back, I've kind of figured things out," he said. "When you know that you have an opportunity like I have at the next level—to be able to go play ball—it's very rare. Not a lot of people get to do that. I just consider myself blessed."
Treated as a senior all season, Parker will make one final trip down The Hill before the South Carolina on Saturday.
"It's kind of bittersweet," he said. "I think it's time for me to move on. I'm kind of excited to go on to the next step. With that being said, I've really enjoyed playing here. I've enjoyed the experiences that many people only dream about. I'm extremely grateful and excited to go out this way."
NO NAME, NO NUMBER: Marcus Gilchrist sees each wide receiver the same. South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is no different.
Gilchrist didn't care to offer where believed Jeffery stacked up against other wide receivers he's faced.
"I don't really get into rankings. I just know he's a pretty good receiver," Gilchrist said.
The sophomore has 70 catches for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
"I think his best asset is when the ball's in the air. He's not a real fast guy, but he runs pretty good routes," Gilchrist said. "His main attribute is when the ball's in the air, just going up and getting it—using his size."