Schools from coast to coast came to Albany, Ga. to recruit Trenton Thompson over the last year and a half. Thompson visited too many schools to name, but the one he visited the most was the University of Georgia, and that is the one he has committed to.
”I told Georgia I was coming at Dawg Night,” said Thompson. “I told Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt (Defensive coordinator) first that night, then it spread throughout the coaching staff very fast. I was getting hugs from every UGA coach and they were excited like I was.”
Why Dawg Night? What made that the time Thompson wanted to commit to the Dawgs?
And why de he wait for August 12 to tell all?
”It just felt right to commit then. I was ready. It felt like the right time to go ahead with it and to tell the coaches.
”I decided to wait for August 12 to make it public because I wanted to do that on my grandparents’ anniversary. It is a special day, so I wanted to do it on a day my family would remember.”
There is no doubt his family will remember this date for a number of reasons. The No. 1 prospect in the state of Georgia is now looking forward to playing for the staff in Athens, Ga.
”Coach Mark Richt is a great coach and he is a great guy. He cares about his players and he is easy to talk to.
"Coach [Tracy] Rocker (Defensive line) is the best coach I could play for. He has won all of the awards, he cares about me, and he can really help me as a player. "
”The coaches were going wild when I told them I was committing and I cannot wait to play for them. I talk to so many of them, I know the coaches so well, and I am so comfortable with them.”
The comfort level is really what pushed the 6-foot-3, 294 pound defensive tackle over the top. The five-star star at Albany (Ga.) Westover knows where he wants to be when he finishes up high school.
”It [Georgia] is just right for me,” said Thompson. “I have always felt at home there and it is the right place for me. It is my home state school and it is right for me.
”I know the coaches care about me, but I know they will push me to be great too.”
”I know I am 100-percent committed to Georgia and now I am going to start recruiting. I am looking for linebackers to play behind me now and Roquan Smith is one of those. I want guys to make plays with me and behind me. I will start looking for those top players now.”
Scout ranks Thompson as the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 6 overall prospect in the country.
Thompson’s Junior Highlights: