WR DeAndre Thompkins Profile
Thompkins, a junior at Swansboro High School [North Carolina], already had offers from a number of schools, including UNC, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Clemson entered the mix for the No. 56 wide receiver in the class of 2014 before lunchtime on Wednesday.
"My coach was on the phone with them. He called me down…he told me. I was very excited to talk with the staff and the wide receiver coach [Jeff Scott]. That was just a great experience. I'm happy about it," Thompkins told CUTigers on Wednesday afternoon.
What was the message from Scott and the Tigers' coaches?
"Just that I'm an explosive player. I fit with what they're trying to do in the scheme they're trying to put in. Just that I'm the type of wide receiver they're looking for, as far as speed, explosiveness, elusiveness -- stuff like that."
Thompkins has not visited Clemson, but looks forward to making that trip sometime in the near future.
"I just know that they're a fast-paced offense," he said. "They're trying to get the ball in space, get their playmakers the ball in space. They're trying to be one of the fastest, most explosive teams in the nation."
"It's kind of hard to tell. As far as right now, I keep all my offers equal. They're really on the same playing field."
Several factors will be considered as he moves forward with the recruiting process.
"Number one would be academics, how do they deal with their players, academics-wise. Number two would be how their program is doing football-wise," Thompkins said. "Are their coaches moving every which way? Are they staying? Are they committed? What are they trying to develop?
"The third decision would be how fast I would be able to be on the field."
As a junior, Thompkins rushed for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had over 200 yards receiving and five kickoff/punt returns for touchdowns.
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