Meet the freshmen: Chris Thompson

As Florida State's freshman class arrives in Tallahassee in the coming weeks, NoleDigest will profile each athlete telling fans what to expect from every player.

Name: Chris Thompson
Position: Running Back

Why he chose Florida State: Thompson was Florida State's fifth commitment of the 2009 class. As a life long FSU fan, Thompson said during his recruitment, that he knew he was going to be a Seminole.
"This is the best felling I have had in my life so far," Thompson said after committing to FSU. "It feels great to get this done. I was tired of holding out with the decision. I knew that's where I wanted to be. Honestly I knew the whole time that FSU is the school for me."

Thompson chose FSU over Clemson, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Strengths: Speed and versatility are the two biggest strengths of Florida's 2A player of the year. Thompson is not a guy that will be an every-down back. He does however, have the ability to line up in the back field one play, over in the slot on the next play, and return kick-offs or punts. Thompson missed three games this past season, but still accumulated over 1,400 yards on the ground. His elusiveness also allows his to shed defenders when carrying the ball in tight spaces.

Weaknesses: At just 5'7" and 178 pounds, durability could be an issue for the all-purpose back. As stated earlier, he missed a few games during his senior year in high school due to a bum ankle. Once he arrives on campus, strength and condition coach Todd Stroud will have to make sure to get Thompson on a program that gets him in shape to take hits at the division 1 level. If Thompson commits in the weight room, he should hold up fine and be a factor at FSU.

Chance of redshirting: 0% As long as Thompson comes in and shows that he is mentally ready to compete in college, he will find the field. Most likely, his mail role will be on special teams returning kicks, but look for him to be put in situations to make plays with the ball in space.

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