Thompson opening things back up

The No. 4 ranked wide receiver in 2014, Trevion Thompson of Durham (N.C.) Hillside, rid his list of any favorites, and he's decided to open things back up. He discusses upcoming visits, schools recruiting him hard, and factors that will play a role in his final decision.

One of the top-ranked wide receivers in the 2014 class, Trevion Thompson of Durham (N.C.) Hillside, has decided to dial back the speed of his recruitment and take things a little slower.

"Right now, Clemson, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Ohio State are recruiting me the hardest," Thompson said. "I had a top, but I dropped it, so I could open things up again. It was Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. I still really like those schools, but I'm just really open right now."

Thompson said location is going to be a pretty big factor in his decision, but perhaps not in the way that you would think.

"I want to leave home," Thompson said. "I'm somewhat [interested in North Carolina]. They are in-state. Their style of offense, I can really fit into it. Their coaches are really cool, but they are a little close."

As one of the four schools recruiting him the hardest right now, Thompson says he kept a close eye on the Irish last fall.

"They had a great season last year," Thompson said. "Their coaching staff is great. Their graduation rate is great, too. I don't really know that much about the tradition, but I know they have a lot of it. I like how they can offer the highest level of both football and academics." Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly visited Hillside last fall, and Thompson along with 40 of his Hillside teammates are taking a bus to Notre Dame June 22 for 7-on-7 camp.

"I want to get a good feel for them and see what they're all about," he said. "We [including teammate and Notre Dame running back target Donte Thomas-Williams] found out two months ago about the offer, but (Hillside head coach) [Antonio] King was saying we had an offer from Notre Dame last spring."

Thompson is planning a national signing day decision and isn't sure when he's going to narrow his list.

"I want to take it as slow as possible," the 6-foot-3, 181-pound wide receiver said. "I want to figure out who I really like for a visit and then go from there. I'm not in a rush."

Thompson describes himself as an outside wide receiver because of his height, and improving his speed is his main goal this spring.

"I can be a versatile, but I'm more of an outside [wide receiver] because I like to create mismatches and stretch the field," he said. "I can be slot, too, though. I'm good at route-running. I would like to improve my speed. I run a 4.5 right now [in the 40-yard dash]."

With 21 offers, Thompson says it's not difficult to stay grounded.

"I'm pretty humble about it because my mom is always in my ear," Thompson said. "I have no choice but to listen to her. We are just like regular kids in school."

Thompson will visit West Virginia on April 5, Ohio State on April 6, and Florida later this spring. He'll also be visiting Elon, Duke and the Carolina Panthers' camp this summer. So far, he has visited Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Alabama, and Georgia.

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