Thompson, a 6-2, 190-pound prospect out of Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, N.C., had already visited East Carolina about seven times. When he arrives on campus later this month for summer classes, it might just feel like a second home.
"It's not far from here, so I was able to go there a lot," said Thompson. "I know a couple of people there already and I'm comfortable with the place. That made the decision a lot easier.
"Coach Rick Smith recruited me to ECU. We've got a good relationship. He's going to be my position coach, so I feel good about learning from him. I feel good about all the coaches. The one thing that separated East Carolina from other schools more than anything else was how much they wanted me. The coaches wanted me real bad and people around the school knew who I was."
Before committing to the Pirates, Thompson received interest from Clemson, Georgia Tech and NC State. While he has all the athletic tools to be a solid safety at the collegiate level, Thompson said his toughness is what sets him apart from others.
"I think I'm at my best when I'm coming up closer to the line, helping out against the run. I'm a hard hitter and I love going after the guy with the ball. I'm just a physical player. I'm not quite as good in coverage yet, but I'm definitely improving. I've been doing some drills and I'm sure the coaches will do a lot for me."
Thompson plans on arriving to Greenville on June 20th, and summer classes start the next day. Could he make an early impact on the field?
"I don't know how much I'm going to play my first year, but I think I could see some time," he said. "I think they have two safeties on scholarship right now, so the opportunity is there."