Tigers Close to Offering?

This linebacker/safety out of North Carolina feels as though the Tigers are on the verge of an offer.

While plenty of schools appear on the verge of extending Matt Thompson his first scholarship offer, he might have to prove his worth on the summer camping circuit.

"I think Clemson is close to offering," said Thompson. "But, most coaches want to see me in camp. Some want to see my SAT, I'm about to post that up."

As of right now, Thompson is looking at camping at N.C. State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Clemson this summer. During each stay, the coaching staff will test him to see if the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder can convert into an outside linebacker.

"A lot of schools are looking at me for outside linebacker," said Thompson. "They say I have the frame and I'm fast enough to guard tight ends and running backs. I already play in the box [in high school], and this would allow me to make more tackles."

At Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance, Thompson stars at safety where he earned all-conference and all-area honors after tallying 126 tackles, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and two interceptions as a junior.

While he waits for offers to come in, Thompson is showing love back to the schools that are recruiting him the hardest.

"Right now, I like N.C. State, Maryland, and Clemson, but I'm keeping all my options open," said Thompson. "Those are the ones giving me the most attention."

Over the weekend Thompson participated in the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Jamestown (N.C.). Bettering his recruiting stock, he posted a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, 4.39-second 20-yard shuttle, 34.5-inch vertical jump, and benched 185 pounds 13 times.

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