"They Scored Just About Every Drive"

James Thompson, one of the top offensive linemen in the Southeast, traveled to Columbia to watch the Tigers battle the Gamecocks Saturday evening. "I was hoping it would be a better game. I thought it would be closer." Find out more inside this recruiting update.

OL James Thompson
6-5, 310, 4.95
Sumter High School
Sumter, South Carolina

The 6-5, 310 pound lineman went with several of his teammates, including William Richardson, to see two of his favorites battle. "I went with some of my teammates. I was hoping it would be a better game. I thought it would be closer. I wasn't expecting Clemson to have a game like that. Clemson took advantage of all their opportunities. They scored just about every drive. We stayed for the entire game."

Is the Sumter superstar ready to name a leader? "Not right now. South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina are still my favorites."

Playing time and academics will be the most important factors when Thompson decides where he will play next season. "I will probably be looking at playing time. I will also look at the academic program and the graduation rate."

When will the Sumter High superstar make his decision? "I'm not sure right now," stated Thompson. Recruiting will have to wait a few weeks as Sumter continues their playoff run.

Thompson would like to play with teammate William Richardson at the collegiate level but the two don't discuss the possibility very often. "It would be nice to play with him. We haven't talked about it too much."

Coach Dabo Swinney continues to recruit Thompson and Richardson. "He called last Wednesday or Thursday," stated the prize recruit.

Thompson plans to take official visits to South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina. "I have not set up any of them yet," stated the South Carolina standout.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding offensive lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2004.

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