"Prove that I can compete with the nation's best," Thompson told GoBlueWolverine. "There is a lot of good competition out here. That's nothing offense to the guys in Illinois, but there's a lot more better players form the country then there is in one little block of small suburbia. So I am looking to face all the better competition I can."
At 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, Thompson says he is a strong side defensive end with speed and power. He used that combination to make plays on the field in his junior campaign.
"Last season I recorded 15 sacks, six blocked passes, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and I believe it was 21 tackles for loss," he said.
Recently, Thompson added his offer from OSU and had positive things to say about the Buckeyes.
"I think it is a big deal," Thompson said on his OSU offer. "Urban Meyer is arguably one of the best coaches in the country. He came from Florida, two undefeated seasons and championships in three seasons. He comes to Ohio State and leads them to an undefeated season his first season. He obviously, knows what he is doing. He's a great coach. I talked to him on the phone. I really can't wait to meet him in person."
The interest in other top programs is heating up for Thompson. He says he plans on visiting Purdue on Feb. 24, Michigan State on March 2, OSU on March 22, and Notre Dame on April 6.
Another Midwest program that Thompson is interested to visit, resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"I really want to get out to Michigan," Thompson said. "I want to meet coach (Brady) Hoke again in person. I met him once at the Tom Lemming banquet with my high school coach and he seemed like a great guy, I really want to meet him."
What are Thompson's thoughts on the Wolverines?
"Michigan is a powerhouse. They produce so many NFL athletes. So many great players. Mike Martin was one of their great defensive tackles. A huge player. I watched all of his workouts. He's a house. He was probably 6-3, 300-pounds, in college. I heard he is doing great in the pros right now. If they can do that to a player like that in college, I can't wait to see what they can do to produce in the pros. And what I also like about the video, is Michigan does all their training at Michigan for the pros. They don't go out to Texas or Arizona, they do it all at Michigan. I thought that was really cool."
When looking at colleges from around the country, Thompson says he is looking for a program that help him develop into a NFL prospect.
"The big thing for me, is I am trying to go to the pros for football," Thompson admitted. "It has been a dream since I was five-years-old. But a really important thing is, if I can't go to the pros or there is a career ending injury in college, I want to be setup for the rest of my life. So engineering, sports management, sports medicine, something that will get me through the rest of my life and hopefully support my family the rest of my life."
As far as a decision timeline, Thompson says he would like to go through the entire recruiting process.
"I don't really know right now, Thompson said. "When I find the perfect I will know. It would be awesome if I could take all of my official visits to the five schools I really want."