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ACC, Big Ten and SEC battling for Nate Thompson

Sanford (N.C.) Southern Lee safety Nate Thompson is approaching double-digit scholarship offers and spoke with Scout about the latest developments in his recruitment.

Nate Thompson played at a very high level last season.

His scholarship list includes DukeNC StatePurdueSouth CarolinaVirginia Tech and Wake Forest among others. North CarolinaKentuckyFloridaNotre Dame and Clemson are also showing interest.

The Southern Lee standout remains open with his recruitment, but hopes to narrow his list to three sometime this spring. Thompson said Duke and Virginia Tech have a good chance to make the cut.

According to Thompson, Duke is recruiting him hardest.

"It means a lot that they're recruiting me so hard," said the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Thompson. "They've been showing a lot of attention and even came to two of my basketball games. The education I'd get if I went there also really stands out.

"(Safeties) coach (Matt) Guerrieri is recruiting me and we're very close. He's told me he'll support whatever decision I make, which definitely means a lot. He's also gotten to know my mom and brother. He's told me if go there and work hard, I'd definitely see the field early.

"I was able to talk to coach (David) Cutcliffe a few weeks ago when I visited. He said they really want me at Duke and we also talked about academics. I like him a lot. He's an awesome man and I love his personality. We also talked about stuff other than football."

His next visit will likely be to North Carolina on March 25.

"They haven't offered yet, but I think they're close," Thompson said. "An offer from them would mean a lot. I grew up a Tar Heel fan.

"I always have fun when I go down there, so hopefully it will be the same this time. I'm looking forward to finding out more about the school and seeing all the coaches.

"DB coach Charlton Warren was recruiting me, but he just left. I'm not sure who will be recruiting me now, but I'd love to meet the new coach and get to know him."

Thompson finished last season with 84 tackles, including two for loss, seven pass breakups and four interceptions.

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