Demi Thompson Talks about USF Decision

The first annual SuperBull was a huge success for the staff. We first broke the news of 6 players committing to play for the Bulls. Now read all about 6'2-245 pound Demi Thompson, the sleeper defensive end from Lake Mary that committed to USF Saturday. Stay informed with

Leavitt and staff filled a key defensive need when they received a commitment from Lake Mary defensive lineman Demi Thompson after USF's SuperBull camp this Saturday.

"There were a lot of factors that were involved in my decision," said Demi. "Mainly the staff,I like the coaches a lot, and my parents loved the coaches. The school also has a great feel, with very nice facilities, and I'm just really happy with the program.

Even though Demi made his commitment to coach Leavitt and staff after the event, he's known for some time where he wanted to be.

"About a week before the SuperBull I made up my mind and decided I was going to commit at the camp. There's no question that's where I want to go."

Demi had plenty of interest with over 10 offers including Duke, Cincinnati, and Purdue, Central Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, N.C. State, and FAU, but narrowed his choices down before choosing the Bulls.

"I really liked Purdue, UCF, cause their really close to home, and Cincinnati too," said Demi. "But I just knew USF was the one. I been there couple times for visits, and just loved the coaches. Also, Coach Leavitt has been there since the beginning, and he's not going anywhere any time soon."

Thompson transferred from Mount Dora after his sophomore year, and in his first season at Lake Mary had 36 tackles, 27 of them solo, 15 for losses, 5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in only six games of action after missing the early part of the season with an injury.

"I play strong side defensive end, and possibly a little tight end this year, USF is recruiting me at end and possibly at tackle." said Demi. "My best assets are my reaction, quickness and shedding blocks.

Thompson has grown to over 6'2-245 pounds and is a beast on the field and in the weight room, benching 345, with a box squat of 530, and a 285 clean and jerk. Besides being strong Thompson also has speed being timed with a 4.71-40, but still knows he has room for improvement.

"I want to work on my flexibility, strength, and getting off the ball," said Demi who is also teammates with USF commit Mike Lanaris. "I want to improve in all aspects of my game."

In the classroom, Demi carries a 3.4 grade point average, scored a 21 on the ACT and is already qualified, and with his college choice made, can now focus on other things.

"I'm just going to train and lift and focus on my school work. This season I'm trying to make all-American status and break my school sack record of 13"

Thompson said he has no plans to take any other visits but to USF. "I'm committed to South Florida and am definitely solid with my decision. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders." Demi also added "I'm happy and my parents are happy. USF is the school they wanted me to choose as well, and I'm 100% sure this is where I want to be."

My Take:
Saturday's haul addressed several needs, and Demi Thompson fills a big one. Thompson is a big strong DL prospect that runs extremely well, with a great first step. He also has a great motor and knows how to get into position to make plays. He may be a bit of a under the radar/sleeper candidate now, but schools are taking notice, and by the end of the seasons he'll be a name to remember.

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