Five-Star DT Makes Return Trip To Auburn

Trenton Thompson talks about his return trip to Auburn after Big Cat Weekend, his recruiting plans, and more.

Albany, Ga.--The top-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the country, five-star Trenton Thompson, has offers from across the nation as he prepares for his senior season at Westover High. With Georgia high on his list along with Auburn and Alabama, Thompson said he's going to look at several more colleges over the course of the next two months to see how his list will shape up going into the fall.

"Florida State is in there, too," Thompson said. "I'm going to try to visit Florida and I want them in there. Miami, USC and a few others are possible too.

Recently a visitor for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, Thompson left there and made a trip to Alabama to work out for Nick Saban and company in Tuscaloosa. On his way back home he stopped back off in Auburn for an extended trip while his coach worked at one of Auburn's camps. Getting to relax and enjoy a two-day look at the Plains, Thompson said it was a busy week for him but also an important one.

"It was a good week," Thompson said. "I had a chance to review both Auburn and Alabama. Both of them are good and they go back and forth winning."

Being recruited for the Tigers by defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Thompson said he spent a lot of time with one of the up-and-coming defenders for Auburn in addition to talking with the coach on several occasions.

"It was just laid-back," Thompson said. "I hung out with Montravius Adams. That's my homeboy from Dooly County. I just wanted to come back and chill with him and also be around Coach ‘G' again."

While he got a taste of what Auburn is all about from Garner and the players, Thompson said one of the biggest things for him was watching the Tigers work out under the guidance of Ryan Russell and the strength and conditioning staff.

"It's pretty big for me," he said of getting to spend more time in Auburn. "I got to see them work out. He (Russell) is a tough coach. That's pretty good to have a good coach that gets you out of your comfort zone."

Not working out while in Auburn, the big tackle said that wasn't the case at Alabama as he got some personal attention from the coaching staff in addition to sitting down and learning more about them.

"I did some one-on-one drills," Thompson said. "I didn't do too much. I did them separate. I wasn't with everybody. I just wanted to see how I fit in with the defensive line coach and I also hung out with Coach (Kirby) Smart."

With plans to take his recruiting on or around signing day before making a decision, Thompson said the process can be stressful at times, but he is focusing on staying grounded. Having the ability to impact his teammates at Westover because of game and recruiting attention, he said that's something he wants to use as much as possible this season while working to get better on the field.

"It's wild for me but also fun," Thompson said. "I get to help out some of my teammates because the bigger colleges also brings out smaller colleges. I understand that I just have to fight the pressure.

"I'm just going to take my time with things," he added. "If some of my teammates have a good year then they're going to get picked up too. I've got it, I just have to finish out for them."


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