Zero Doubt About Colin Thompson

2012 TE Colin Thompson is entering his senior season at Archbishop Wood High School with two things in mind, a state title and Gator Nation. Thompson committed to the University of Florida and says the school was the perfect fit for him. But with one year left until his arrival to Gainesville, Thompson says he will focus on his high school squad.

After visiting over 15 schools within the past few years, Colin Thompson knew the decision to play at the University of Florida was "a no brainer."

"I felt like it was the best fit for me. I visited a lot of schools over the past two to three years and I tried to make excuses for other schools and I tried to find something wrong with UF, but there was nothing, it's perfect for me. The academics are amazing and I meshed really, really well with all of the coaches and players," Thompson said.

Thompson planned to wait to announce his commitment to Florida but he says he felt comfortable with his choice and decided to call the Florida coaches at the end of his junior year.

"I called them around ten o' clock one night, I was with my Mom, Dad, and coach. I called Coach Will Muschamp first and I kind of had to cut him off because he kept talking but as soon as I told him I was going to be a Gator he was "yahooing", he was pretty excited. I then called Coach Weis and he was strictly business but I didn't expect anything less, he said we are going to work hard. After that I called my tight end coach and he was also really excited that I was officially going to be a Gator," Thompson said.

While Thompson says the renowned academics and beautiful campus were all reasons to commit to Florida, he says Coach Muschamp was a huge factor in his decision.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Muschamp, and he is definitely a reason why I chose Florida. A lot of people ask me why I want to go there because of the coaching changes and the unknown future of the program but honestly, I don't think I would have even been offered by Coach Urban Meyer because of his style of offense. I think Coach Muschamp is a good thing for Florida and I think I am going to fit in really well to Charlie Weis' pro-style offense," Thompson said.

Coaching relationships was something Thompson really took to heart when evaluating each school and ultimately, he felt right at home with the Gator coaching staff. "I talk to Coach Muschamp and Coach Weis once a week. Coach Weis was a huge selling point for me without a doubt, he has done some amazing things in his coaching career. Really, all of the coaches on both sides of the ball have been great, I like them all," Thompson said.

Thompson prides himself in is his leadership and positive attitude, two qualities he feels fit in well with the Gator football program. Thompson plans to come to work hard his freshman year and says he is ready to prove his value to Gator Nation.

"Obviously any incoming freshman wants to play early and that is something I am going to work for. That wasn't a huge concern for me but the coaches tell me there will be opportunities to play if I work hard. I am just going to focus on what I can control and if I don't get the opportunity to play early I'm not going to get upset. I'll just keep working hard," Thompson said.

Thompson is excited for Florida's 2012 recruiting class and says they are becoming a tight knit group.

"We have a great recruiting class so far and we are going to bring a couple more guys on board. I know a lot of guys will commit at Friday Night Lights, so I am excited to see who else we can get. Whenever someone commits I always text them and congratulate them, we are all becoming pretty close and we definitely try and keep in touch," Thompson said. "Hopefully we can get Kent Taylor, Noah Spence, and a few other talented guys, but overall I think we are adding the right pieces," Thompson added.

While Thompson is excited to get to work in Gainesville, he has one more season with his high school team. Thompson says he has a few more goals to reach before he leaves his home in Warminster, PA.

"I think we have six division I guys on our team this year and we all want to win a state title before going away. We haven't won states yet but this could be our year, we have a lot of talent. My individual goal is to prepare for Florida and really work hard on getting faster and stronger but during the season I am going to focus on my team. After the season is over, I am going to break down what I need to do and get ready to be a Gator," Thompson said

When asked how solid his commitment to Florida is Thompson responded, "I am 100 percent going to be a Gator."

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